Approaching the end of January is a great time for reflection. Did I stick to my resolution this year or am I getting tripped up again? If your goal was to lose weight and tone up, you may be wondering why your body is not responding as you feel it should. You may start wondering if you’re ever going to lose the weight. And then, all of a sudden what you’re feeling becomes your reality.
Well what if I told you that you weren’t losing weight because while it may be a priority for you, it’s not a priority for your body?!?! Yep, not even a mild concern. What your mind wants and what your body needs are two very different things. Your body knows one thing: SURVIVAL!
Here’s what I mean: You woke up at 5am today after going to bed after midnight again. Not because you weren’t tired but because you deserve it and it’s a fair trade considering you’re back to eating clean again, not to mention you’re super sore from boot camp last night, etc, etc. So in essence, you’re sore, tired and hungry. The last thing on your body’s mind when it’s in this environment is weight loss; it’s simply not a priority.
The lack of sleep and recovery, compounded by soreness perceived as an injury, combined with limited calories puts your body into survival mode by conserving energy. And while this may sounds like a great time to chug down an energy drink or take a diet pill to reinforce your efforts, let me assure you, your body has everything it needs to be successful. What you need is patience, strategy and consistency. Prioritize your rest, keep movement healthy and nourish your body with quality food.
When you give your body what it needs, it will sustainably give you what you want.