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Stress Can Slow Your Progress

What comes to your mind when you think of Stress?

Most likely it is deadlines, busy schedules, finances and even relationship struggles.

What if I told you that you could be creating sources of stress for yourself that you may not even be aware of, and that they could be causing you emotional or physical harm. While some stress is inevitable, your self induced stress may be slowing your progress.

Something I have discovered over the years is that much of the stress we endure is the result of how we feel about ourselves. We engage in negative self-talk and destructive behaviors and when we don't manage this chronic self-sabotage it can erode our health and well being. It is also possible that these thoughts and feelings lead to compensatory behaviors like over exercising, under eating, over eating and falling for quick fixes that do nothing to change the underlying negative emotions.

I personally have a bit of a perfectionist mindset. I often have to talk myself off the ledge when things do not go exactly as planned and my coping mechanism is to turn to food for comfort, the vicious cycle that follows is a slippery slope to manage. The ugly truth is that if we try to change our physical bodies from a place of self-hate, we are setting ourselves up for a very frustrating journey.

Of course what and how much we eat, and adding regular exercise to your routine is a key factor in losing fat. However those stress chemicals we release while we are busy hating our bodies or thinking we are not good enough can halt progress in its tracks no matter how clean our diet is. So in addition to practicing well planned food choices and regular exercise, we need to learn to become more self aware and observant of our negative thoughts.

Here are a few of my favorite bits of advice:

* First things first... Give yourself a break, understand that you can't erase years of bad choices over night.

* Next... Be realistic, it will take you time and concentrated effort, there will be hard days and there will be fabulous days.

* Practice positive self-talk, and identify your strengths.

* Meditating and keeping a journal is not for everyone, but I encourage you to try, it may give you that opportunity you need to reflect on how far you've come.

* Most important, surround yourself with like minded people that will keep you accountable and encourage your journey.

As always if you have any questions, or just need someone to point out how fabulous you truly are... send me a message. I am always happy to help!

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