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The Scale Sucks as a BFF: Meet the Power of Habits

Alright, let's cut to the chase. Your scale is not your BFF. If it was, it would give you compliments instead of numbers or at least tell you that you’re funny.

Have you met habits? Now there’s a bff for life. They're like the cool, reliable friend who's got your back through thick and thin (yup…pun totally intended).

Your daily habits are what truly shape your body, mind, and soul.

In a world that often fixates on the number on the scale, it's crucial to redirect your attention to something far more impactful and sustainable: your daily habits. While weight can be a measurable marker of health, focusing solely on it can overlook the deeper, more fundamental factors that contribute to our overall well-being.

Here’s why:

Habits Shape Our Lives: Habits are the building blocks of our daily routine and significantly influence the trajectory of our lives. From the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, our actions are guided by a multitude of habits. These habits encompass what we eat, how we move, our sleeping patterns, and even our mental well-being. By consciously developing positive habits, we can set ourselves up for a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

Does that mean you have to give up your morning coffee? Nope! But perhaps you add in a glass of water in the morning to start to create some balance?


Sustainable Change is Habit-Based: Chasing those short-term fixes, crash diets, or extreme workout routines to change your weight keeps you on that all or nothing ride – doomed to ride it again and again because it’s not sustainable for most humans. On the other hand, when we focus on building healthy habits, we lay the foundation for sustainable change. Habits are ingrained behaviors that become second nature over time, making them lasting and impactful.

So, while working out might seem like a chore right now, adding in physical activity that you love slowly will eventually develop a habit that can last a lifetime!


A Balanced Lifestyle Matters More Than Weight: This may be shocking, but your weight is just one aspect of your overall health – just one of many! And it doesn't provide a comprehensive picture of your well-being. A person can be at a healthy weight and still have unhealthy habits, such as a poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. Conversely, someone may be slightly overweight but lead a well-rounded, active, and nutritious life. A holistic approach that emphasizes balanced habits is vital for optimal health.

Read this one again, I want you to really take this one away with you!


Mental Health and Well-being: It’s amazing to see so many of my clients be in awe at how their mental health improves once they get consistent with fitness. They are so tied together yet often most of us don’t connect them together. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues can have a profound impact on our overall health and lifestyle choices. By cultivating habits that promote mental well-being, such as mindfulness, regular exercise, and adequate sleep, we can address the root causes of many health concerns.

Think about the current habits you do daily and how they may be helping or hindering you.


Positive Habits Enhance Self-Esteem: Focusing on weight can often lead to negative self-perception and low self-esteem – it sucks to feel awful about yourself! Shifting your focus to building positive habits provides a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-esteem. Celebrating small wins in your habits cultivates a positive outlook, motivating you to continue on a path of self-improvement.

I coach this with all my clients and see it work time and time again!


Long-Term Health Benefits: Age is coming for all of us – without fail. And while you can’t stop it or predict what might happen, you can help you’re your body and mind stay as health and strong as possible. Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases, a balanced diet supports overall organ function, and adequate sleep promotes a stronger immune system. When we prioritize these habits, we invest in our long-term health and quality of life.

If you want a long, happy life, mobility and good mental health are great factors to focus on!


To wrap up…Numbers on the scale don’t define you—your habits do. While weight can be a valuable health indicator, it's essential to remember that it's not the sole measure of our well-being. By embracing a lifestyle centered on positive habits, we can lead happier, healthier lives, regardless of the number on the scale. 💪


Want a more personal approach and help diving deeper? Reach out today!


 

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