Just start! Where you are with what you've got!

by Natalie Ruggeri April 27, 2016 4 min read 0 Comments

How many times have you've stopped yourself from starting something because of the effort, the fear, the self doubt or just it's all a bit to hard mentality kicked in?

I too am so guilty of this through out my life but even more so when it came to starting any weight loss attempt, this was most apparent when I knew I had to lose half of my body weight to even be in a "normal" weight range, so 70+ kilos :(

The shame, guilt, disappointment and the lack of confidence especially was crippling, not only dealing with a weight issue having other mental and health issues to top it off I really couldn't see light at the end of the tunnel.

My daily life started with why am I here?  This was an almost daily occurrence and not a fun place for a girl in her 20's to be and most certainly not what I thought life would look like either.

So many people have asked what was that pivotal moment for you that made you decide to do something about your weight, the funny thing was I've always been trying to do something about my weight , It consumed my world & my thoughts daily from a very young age, It was a constant mental battle of mine, the diet books I read, the quick fix solutions I bought into because to be honest I was desperate and was looking to be fixed, when in actual fact I never needed to be fixed.

My whole approach when starting a new diet was to be really strict and follow it which usually meant totally expecting myself to change everything that I'm used to doing daily to follow it. This is why It never worked in my case, I found it to restrictive and it required me to make so many lifestyle changes at once that I would just freakout because it all felt too much, to overwhelming and to much commitment in order for it to work.

So the final attempt which is my philosophy I follow today and have been doing so for almost 5 years was to just start!  Right here where I am with what I've got! Yep that meant walking slower then a turtle on a treadmill, that meant just making a few food swaps here and there and become more aware of food and my habits and behaviours, baby steps but each baby step got me closer to my weight loss of 75kgs!! Hooray :) It wasn't a fast process by any means but realistically it took years for me to put that amount of weight on so taking it off shouldn't of been a fast process. This is something that frustrates most of us because we want to be at our goal weight as quick as possible and this is why we do try all of these insane diets and pills and why we are getting bigger and bigger with every failed attempt, it sets us up mentally for failure and our bodies under go unnecessary stress from the extreme changes.

As time went by my fitness increased like you wouldn't believe, today I train every other day and LOVE IT!! A far cry from that girl who couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was going to have a heart attack, my food choices today are done on a more conscious level, I'm very mindful of what I put into my body and if it will heal or harm me, my relationship with food is much different I have a true love for good foods that give me energy and provide my body with everything it needs, no longer do I use food to harm myself which was something I've done for most of my life

So by you reading this you are either already starting your own weight loss journey or maybe you are still wanting to start it and all I can say to is JUST START! Move your body how ever you can for how long you can then increase it! Find something you love to do and do it, as you become fitter do it for longer or find something else that you love to do but just start, do it for yourself.

Focus on food for health, nourishment and vitality rather than focusing on food and guilt and restriction, if you find enjoyment through your food choices you are more likely to stick to eating better, Nutrition is essential for weight loss and over all wellbeing and fuelling your body with healthy and nutritious foods, this is something that totally changed my life, fuelling your body in a nourishing way gives you the energy and vitality it needs to function at it's best, so start by making foods swaps here and there bit by bit add fresh fruits and veggies in your diet daily along with good fats, good carbs and lean proteins & experiment with some new healthy recipes, if you focus on that first and start to decrease the packaged and processed foods you will start to feel alive and have energy to spare, this is something I will guarantee you, I am living proof of it!

Just start where you are with what you have xx



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