Last week we talked all about “busy” and how to eliminate that whole concept from your vocabulary and instead live intentionally to meet your goals.
This post is going to dive directly into the "story" we tell ourselves about being too busy to lose weight.
When women say this to me they are often really saying:
The questions I ask back are...
why do you want to lose weight in the first place?
Why do you want to stop overeating to begin with?
How high of a priority is it for you?
If weight loss and making peace with food is one of your top five priorities, why aren’t you taking action on it?
Why aren’t you putting it on your calendar the way you do all of your other priorities like caring for your kids or getting that report in to your boss on time?
For most of us, ending the compulsion to overeat and lose excess weight is a top priority and we spend a monumental part of our day thinking (and worrying) about it with the end result being either no weight loss, or even weight gain.
If you tallied up all of the minutes you spend thinking about food, what you will eat, what you ate, worrying about food and eating, worried about your weight and body, you’d probably find you are spending at least one hour, if not far more, on this topic each day already.
Why not swap that time to learn something new, implement it, and permanently lose weight?
The time would be the same, the result would be totally different.
And maybe you decide that you do want to invest in yourself in this way, so you make this a top priority, putting time on your calendar to learn, implement, and transform yourself-- what might happen to all of your other priorities like your family and career?
I promise you they will only get better because of your time investment in yourself.
You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy for the areas of your life that really matter because you will have freed up SO much headspace by ending your obsessive thinking about food and weight.
And you will find that you had the time all along, you were just spending it on the dieting hamster wheel.
You will be more present with your partner, your kids, your work.
You will feel comfortable in your own skin, maybe for the first time.
Lia Pinelli is a weight loss coach and educator who helps women put an end to emotional overeating and lose weight, permanently.