Stop!…Your Pant Size from Growing

With holiday temptations lurking around the corner, curb weight gain by looking inward.

By Debra K | Posted October 9, 2013 | Originally posted at Spryliving.com

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Have you ever reached into your closet, grabbed a pair of pants and tried to zip them…but no luck? This dreaded moment commonly happens after a daze of holiday activities, when those yummy goodies you’ve been noshing on come back to haunt you (and your waistline). With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, the temptations to indulge will be surely everywhere. But that doesn’t mean weight gain is inevitable. In an effort to keep us on track, I’ve reached out to medical exercise and fitness expert Christine King of Your Best Fit for some advice on how to fit into our pants during the holiday season and beyond.

Christine:  “Why don’t my pants fit anymore?” This is a question we receive from most of our female clients. They haven’t changed their eating or exercise habits, but they cannot zip their pants anymore. For some, poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are the culprits. For others, the aging process just doesn’t support what their lifestyle has been. At 35, our bodies begin to change and we have to work harder to get results. And the sad reality is that as women, we retain more intra-abdominal fat as we get older and experience the effects of peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. But don’t despair: There are ways to combat this before it is too late. A great place to start is to first understand why it is important to address your health.

In either case, in order to really get to the bottom of this issue, you should first do a mental check-in. After all, the best way to stop the widening of your body is by widening your mind!

I encourage you to answer the following questions in your journal, on a piece of paper, or a cocktail napkin, and really take some time to think about them and answer them (honestly, of course).

1. How long do you want to live, and why?

Debra K:  I want to live to be at least 90 years old because there is much for me to do and I want another 45 “healthy” years to do it.  For the first time, I feel I can make a difference in the world, and I have to be healthy to do that.

2. Why do you want to fit into your clothes?

Debra K:  It always seems that the bigger I am, the smaller I feel.  I want to feel healthy and strong, but when I carry too much excess weight I feel dumpy and sluggish.

3. Why do you want to lose weight?

Debra K:  I want to feel healthy and look sexy. I have been all sizes during my life and I’ve noticed my self-esteem is correlated to how I am feeling in my body.  I don’t feel like I have to weigh what I did in high school, but want to feel firm and fit.  And besides, my cholesterol is high and I would rather lose weight than take a medication.

These are very important questions, of which I initially receive some “surface” answers. But when we really get down to the nitty gritty, I always uncover some good stuff.

The beginning answers are, “I want to look better”, “fit into my clothes”, and other answers you would typically expect. Every time I heard a “surface” answer, I asked that person, “why?” Now this is where we really make some headway.

When you answer the question “why do I want to lose weight?” to every answer keep asking yourself “why”.

Here is an example conversation.

Q:  “Why do you want to lose weight?”

A:  “To look better.”

Q:  “Why do you want to look better?”

A:  Here’s where the answers come flooding in;

  1. To have better sex
  2. To feel better about myself
  3. To not be embarrassed to shop
  4. To not have to ask the sales lady for a larger size
  5. To feel comfortable wearing a swim suit
  6. To be happy
  7. To perform better in my job
  8. To live long enough to enjoy my children and grandchildren
  9. To be comfortable naked in front of my spouse, to have better sex, to have better sex, etc., etc., etc.

This is how you tap into the emotional aspect of your health and fitness goals. Continue to ask yourself the question “why” as you write down each of your goals. The “why” will bring you to the true reason of what you really want to achieve.

Learning the genuine reasons for wanting to be fit and healthy will give you the motivation to hit the gym, take a class, hire a trainer, or just simply take a walk.  Although an oxymoron, as we get older, its baby steps to the big finish!

 

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