Can Self-Care be the Secret Strategy to Gaining & Retaining your Ideal Body?
If you’re anything like me, you will have noticed some people have no troubles gaining & retaining their ideal bodies and you want to know how you can live in your ideal body without effort too. I’ve researched long and hard to find the reason why that is, I’m now experimenting with the answers I’ve found. This week’s experiment is dedicated to: self-care.
Self-Care: Strategy to Gaining and Retaining Ideal Body Composition Easily?
It’s no fun forcing yourself to do activities you don’t like or abstaining from pleasures you really enjoy. Contrary to the popular rhetoric, you DO NOT need to restrict your diet or force yourself to exercise to lose weight. In fact, they’ve found restrictive dieting (cutting calories or food groups) ends sadly for most people. The same goes with exercise you dislike: people end up gaining more weight back or having to consistently work out more, cut more calories/carbs etcetera, to achieve the same results longterm or worse… gaining the weight back regardless (source).
Longterm weight loss can only be attributed to blanket terms that denote some kind of lifestyle change. The final word in the research on weight loss is that it is different for everyone. But how do we change our lifestyles when the bottom line of the research is that the changes are unique to the individual? And the health & fitness focusses on restrictive dieting or forceful exercise?
Enter the Ideal Body Composition: Comprehensive
This is a program which focusses on building a good fundamental relationship between what I call your “Personal Powers” — a definitive way to change your lifestyle into a uniquely optimal one, for your health — it’s weight loss, on your terms.
The 4 Personal Powers:
The 4 Healing & Growth Practices:
- MIDI: acute morning self-awareness practice.
- RUMI: deep night-time relaxation & self-development therapy.
- Mind MODI: lifestyle self-reflection tasks & exercise.
- Body MODI: self-actualizing movement method.
“28 DAYS of MAY” Challenge:
I am taking on all 4 districts of the program one week at a time to share my results of each Personal Power. Each district normally takes 3 weeks in the Ideal Body Composition: Comprehensive.
MINDFULNESS: Week 1 — Results
Last weeks’ focus was on mindful clarity & self-talk. I seriously cannot believe how much of an impact the first district has had on my life! I really did not consider that the challenge to test this program would dramatically affect me, as I thought I was practicing these methods effectively already (!), but I had pretty dramatic results:
a. I was alert, focussed & ready for the day every morning.
b. My appetite & food choices were positively impacted; I simply wanted the healthiest food in good proportions.
c. The self reflection tasks actually saved my mood and cortisol levels (the stress hormone responsible for all kinds of malaise from weight gain, to hair loss, to cancer) on several occasions — an extremely stressful day turned into a major self development day.
d. I felt more graceful & in control of my body all day.
e. I felt lighter around my mid section immediately.
f. I now feel comfortable in bikini bottoms too small for me last week. (Check out the pics on Instagram.)
g. I was able to get into my size 2s (see last week’s try here).
h. I got my stiff size 0s up to almost cover my bum crack (see last week’s try here).
Size 2, WEEK 2
Size 0, WEEK 2
Up Next! SELF CARE: Week 2, Day 8 of 28 Days of May Challenge
This week I am experimenting with the Emotions System District. The Personal Power of ES is in self-care & self-love. I’ll be meeting head on with some of the emotional issues preventing weight loss like emotional eating, wearing weight as armour and storing emotional wounds & trauma as fat while using the practices outlined above to heal & grow my Personal Power.
Excerpt from the course:
“It is from this place we decide whether it is ok to be a thin version of ourselves or to puff up like a blowfish (out of fear we’ll look/seem weak). Not only do emotions get stored in fat, but unhealed emotional trauma oftentimes creates ‘hunger’ which, if not adequately ‘fed’, can be mistaken for physical need.“
Is self-care key to gaining and retaining ideal body composition? Rather, can focussing on this Personal Power result in measurable fat loss — regardless of the odds the fitness industry (and their doctrine of over-exercise & restrictive dieting) stacks against me?
Check out this week on the VLOG and sign up for next week when I weigh back in with my results!