How Your Emotions Determine Your Weight
by Shawn LeBrun
Have you ever had a time in your life when everything was going well and you felt really good about yourself?
Chances are, you were hitting the gym with regularity and getting your daily walk or run in as well.
You felt confident and happy and as a result, you enjoyed the process of getting fit.
On the flip side, has there ever been a time in your life where things were going so badly that the last thing on your mind was working out and getting in shape.
The physical shape you are in is a direct result of your emotional shape.
Trying to achieve optimum physical fitness when you are not happy with your life is like trying to dig yourself out of a hole:
You do not get very far.
How you feel at any given time about yourself and what's going on in your life influences what type of physical shape you are going to be in.
When you are sad or depressed, often times food is a comfort that allows you to forget about the problems for a brief time.
Unfortunately, when all the food is consumed, you are still left with those same problems.
When you are happy and feeling like things are great, food is just thought of as fuel and sustenance and not comfort.
When you're generally happy, you do not eat just to fill a void, you eat just enough to satisfy your hunger.
When you are sad, you eat just to feel better.
So how do you get yourself on a roll and have piece of mind that allows you to enjoy the process of getting in shape?
You have to start focusing on all the areas of your life that need improving and be willing to take the steps to change them.
When you start feeling better about other areas of your life, you also start thinking of ways to get into shape.
You're also more likely to start doing those things and keep doing those things that will help you reach your fitness goals.
When you're happy, you actually enjoy the process of working out or going for a run.
When you're sad, exercise is the last thing you feel like doing because your body is in a depressed and sluggish state.
You need a period of time in your life where you're willing and able to workout regulary and invest in your fitness.
You must also have piece of mind and be generally happy about where your life is.
Take out some blank pieces of paper.
At the top of one, write FINANCES.
Another write CAREER.
Another write RELATIONSHIPS.
Yet another write HEALTH & FITNESS.
Another write SPIRITUAL.
Of course, these are just a few of the headings you can have, but at the top of each piece of paper, write out the important areas of your life.
Now, under each heading, write out what you want to achieve in each area and what you would have to do to accomplish it.
For example, if under CAREER you wrote "Find a new job" you then would write down "Typing out resume, sending out applications, going for interviews, etc.."
What you're doing is identifying the areas in your life you're unhappy with and you're taking the steps to change them.
When you begin to take action to change the areas of your life you are unhappy about, you'll soon start to feel better about yourself.
When that happens, you'll also start to make better choices about your fitness approach and what you have to do to change your body.
When you're happy in most of the areas in your life, the process of getting into shape will not be far behind.
Trying to get into shape when you are depressed and unhappy is virtually impossible.
If you do achieve it, it most likely will not be long-term.
So make the commitment to yourself that you're going to look at the areas of your life that you want to improve and start taking action to change them.
As you gather momentum, you'll also begin feeling better about exercise and eating better.
It's so much easier to get in shape, lose weight, or be healthy when you're generally happy and feeling good about yourself.