As I planted my prized variety 50-count bag of daffodils, I was called to exercise delayed-gratification. I’ve spent the money, labored tucking them deep in the earth, but now will need to wait 7-8 months (depending on VT’s 2020 spring) before I’m able to enjoy their striking beauty.
"Patience is a virtue", the phrase you were most likely taught. That virtue has all but disappeared in today’s next-day Amazon delivery. We’re a society that not only runs on Dunkin, but also a hedonic treadmill. Always looking for the shiny new thing that’ll provide immediate gratification.
What does this have to do with Mindful Movement, Mindful Eating, and wellness coaching? Quick fixes in health and wellness often bypass the real meat and potatoes (pun intended), for sustainable change. There’s always going to be the next diet, potion, skinny-coffee membership that’ll promise the fast, easy way to fit into those skinny jeans. But at what cost? You’ve most likely either experienced or witnessed it...the magical transformation that seemed to take place overnight, then the reversal transformation usually a year or so later. Often the process has detrimental effects on future metabolism.
This was evident in the research they did on the Biggest Losers contestants - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html
After being in the health and wellness field for over 30 years, I’ve come to some solid conclusions. My responsibility to my clients, is to help them find ways to live their best lives- while eating real food, remaining part of their families/communities and moving their bodies in ways that make them feel good. The tools people acquire, help them course-correct during life’s curveballs. Things like more: water, movement, green veggies, connection with loved ones, home-cooked meals, and less: breads, crackers, candies, food wrapped in packages with long expiration-dates , and beverages that lead to poor food choices, and contribute to dehydration.
Notice, however, I said more and less, not all or none! Unsexy I know, but the truth is the long-game, change-game, the ultimate transformation-for-life is how you build an arsenal of healthy habits that’ll assure you become vital, well, and have the ability to participate in your community celebrations and family rituals.
Avoid quick weight loss promises from experts outside the health and wellness field and instead take the time your healthy-self deserves to cultivate personal, sustainable, healthy habits. Transformation may not be speedy, nor spectacularly Facebook news-worthy; however, you’ll be empowered with helpful tools you won’t outgrow in a year.
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky