Dieting Doesn't Work

I used to tell myself that I was living a healthy lifestyle and NOT dieting. I used to tell myself that following all of those food rules was making me happy because i was taking care of my body. I used to tell myself that the issues I had around food was because I lacked willpower. I used to think that I would forever be dealing with guilt and anxiety around food.

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What Step Will You Take

One of the first things I like to discuss with clients is their motivation behind dieting. Most the time, the answer is somewhere between diet culture mindsets and body image issues. For me, it was a little bit of both. I was not happy with the way my body looked, so I followed the rules put forth by diet culture in order to change it. Thanks to all of the diet trends out there, I thought certain foods would make me fat and I tried to avoid these “bad” foods at all costs. I restricted my food intake and over-exercised my body because I thought I would find true happiness in being a certain size.

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What Can You Focus on Instead?

I thought dieting would make me feel healthier. I thought over-exercising at the gym would finally make me feel good in my own body. I thought counting calories and timing meals was what everyone should be doing. I didn’t understand how people could be healthy without food rules or rigorous exercise habits.

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Why I Exercise

Yesterday, I started getting back into the habit of working out in the morning. I recently moved into an apartment building that has a gym on the main floor and I am so pumped! The fact that I can roll out of bed and walk downstairs to the gym has helped me to stay motivated. When I headed down on Monday morning, I did not have much of a plan. I knew I wanted to get in a quick warm up on the treadmill and do a few dumbbell exercises, but I did not have a rigid routine in my head. Let me tell you, it felt really good to be able to head to the gym without obsessing over this.

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What Do You Appreciate About Your Body?

I used to hate everything about my body and wanted desperately for it to be “perfect”. I wished that my dieting and exercising would get me that “perfect” body, but it never did. There is no perfect body and we need to stop wishing for a different body.

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