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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

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Seasons of Life

When many of us hear the word "season" we immediately think winter, spring, summer, fall.

But I've been using the word "season" a bit differently these days.

Isabel reading

Being a mom to two young boys can be a bit challenging sometimes. Yes, they are the light of my life, but when you throw a full time business, other family, and taking care of myself in the mix, sometimes it just feels like a bit much.

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a good friend and fellow mom and we both agreed, "If I could just get a little bit more ME time, the days would be a bit easier."

I think back to before I had kids, my favorite part of the day was after dinner. My husband and I would sit on the couch and he would watch documentaries (which is what he loves) and I would read a book (which is what I love).

I absolutely love reading. I always have. So to get a few minutes to throw myself in a book is such a gift to me.

But right now, this season of my life doesn’t exactly allow for two hours of reading each night.

Season of life? What does that mean?

Yes, just as our calendar months fall into seasons, so do our lives. Right now I am in the season where it’s not really about me. It’s more about taking care of the needs of two small children. Rewind back 10 years ago, and to be quite honest, it was all about me.

But that was a season and this is another.

I think we all become frustrated and overwhelmed when we don’t embrace and accept the current season in our lives.

So let’s use me as an example first (and then we’ll do you).

If I focus every day on all the time I’m NOT getting to read, that would easily throw me into anger and frustration. If instead I realize that in this short season of my life reading for 15 minutes a night is more the reality and in a later season it will go back to 1-2 hours, that will bring me much more peace.

It is not that I will never get to read ever again and it is not that reading has been taken away from me, it is just that during this time it has been adjusted just a wee bit. And that’s ok.

Now let’s talk about you.

Maybe this is the season of your life where you have finally decided to take control of your weight and your health. Awesome. I’m proud of you and am here for you every step of the way.

But what "season" of your health journey are you currently in?

Are you...

Just starting out – You’re learning and working on resetting some unhealthy habits of the past and replacing them with healthier ones.

In the midst of great change – You've changed many habits and its working great. You are beginning to see progress every day.

Living a healthy lifestyle every day – You have been eating healthy for quite some time and it has become a way of life. What an incredible place to be!

Can you see how each season above would bring on different challenges in the moment? Different results? Different breakthroughs?

I find that the season that people have the hardest one accepting is the first...just starting out...but this is the one that requires the most acceptance out of all three.

Below are my suggestions for getting through what may seem like a challenging season in your quest toward health and an ideal weight. These are real strategies that I continue to use in my life every day.

#1 - Habits are the key to everything.

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Many people have the belief that all they need is a bit more willpower or discipline and they will be able to lose weight and reach their goals. Study after study have proved that everyone’s willpower (and this includes me) is minimal and not as powerful as we are led to believe.

Instead, the true power lies in our daily habits.

Habits are things we do unconsciously, like brush our teeth every morning, make coffee without even thinking, and putting our things in our office the same way each day. It is our habits that lead to the majority of our results and when we change them, our results will be different (and in this case better). If all you did today was start packing your healthy lunch every night, eventually you would do that without even thinking about it. Next, you could start keeping a water bottle on your desk at all times where it became such a habit that you would wonder where it was if it wasn't there.

2. Focus on one change at a time.

This is such a difficult concept for many people to embrace, but the truth is, we just can’t do everything all at once…and that’s ok! In our fast paced society we have been led to believe that "we can have it all," but the reality is you just can’t. That’s not me being negative. Anyone who knows me knows I am about as positive as they come. But the truth is I can’t read my kids books at night and read for myself for two hours and get a good night’s sleep. Something has to give.

And let me repeat myself...that’s ok!

Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t take the entire Beyond Diet program and implement every single principle into your life all at once. That would be a lot to do on top of all the other important things you already do in one day. So take these changes one step at a time and know that you will still get to your destination in the best way for you.

3. Learn to forgive yourself and give second chances.

This is probably the hardest yet MOST important strategy of all.

Two years ago when my little guy Marcos was not yet a year old and my oldest Christian was three, I had something to beat myself up about every day: "I didn't get the kitchen clean. I didn’t get the laundry done. I didn't write a new newsletter."

And I see the same thing happen when people begin a healthy eating regimen…"I didn’t drink enough water. My lunch was not perfect. I didn’t make dinner tonight." What I began doing is answering two very important questions every night…

"What did I do today that was great?"

and...

"Is there one small thing I can do to make tomorrow even better?"

Just answering these two little questions would make me feel like no matter what happened on that day, I was making progress.

Now I would love to hear from you...

What did you do today that was great? What small thing can you do to make tomorrow even better?

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       8 posts
  1. Balance   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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