5 Tips To Reclaim Your Life (and your waistline)
By Omar Cumberbatch
As a health and wellness coach, I come across many different types of people with a variety of health issues, which they would like to improve. An overwhelming majority of the people I meet come to me seeking my guidance for weight management, specifically. So, you can imagine that it comes as a big surprise when I tell them that weight loss shouldn’t be their focus, but overall wellness (mind, body, spirit) should be their #1 goal.
What do I mean?
Well, weight loss is a byproduct of wellness, you see. The more successful you are at cultivating wellness from within, the more likely you are to manage your weight and lose excess pounds in the process.
When formulating a plan to achieve this goal, I have found that these 5 ideas should be in place, in order to get on a healing path towards wellness, that subsequently allows you to lose weight and reclaim your life.
5 Tips To Reclaim Your Life (and your waistline)
1. Don’t be interested, be committed.
When you are interested in something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed, you do it at all costs. No excuses. Once you are committed to a result, nothing will get in your way of achieving it.
2. Identify a reason for this lifestyle change, other than losing weight.
Don’t be too superficial with the reasons you want to lose weight. Losing 20 pounds is great aesthetically, but there’s so many other wonderful benefits from weight loss. Less weight means less pain, more energy and better sleep. Reframing your goals to one of these results helps you move toward your goal. What is it that you REALLY want? To play with your kids or grandkids? To be able to travel and experience new adventures with ease? To sleep through the night comfortably without waking?
3. Add a powerful WHY to your goal.
This expands on point #2. When you add a powerful WHY to your goal, you get better results. It also gives you the mindset to look at your lifestyle changes in the context of a long term goal. Examples of powerful WHY’s are: 1) I want to get healthy and lose weight so that I have enough energy to play with my child(ren); 2) I want to get healthy so I will be able to travel effortlessly and without any restrictions when sightseeing with my friends and family; 3) I want to get healthy so I can have a better quality of life as I age than my parents did. When you add a powerful WHY, you are engaging the process into thinking about a sustainable lifestyle change, as opposed to just a quick fix solution.
4. Don’t get frustrated if a particular diet or lifestyle doesn’t work for you.
Everyone swears that they know what the best diet or lifestyle is. New diets come out all the time claiming an elimination, or addition of “something” is the cure to all to your health woes. Many of these diets are great, but we’re all individuals, which means that what works for one, may not work for another. Wellness is a journey that incorporates a great deal of self-exploration. If a diet or lifestyle doesn’t serve you, move onto the next one. If you listen to your body, the right approach will reveal itself to you. And kick the word diet out of your vocabulary. It’s about creating a sustainable lifestyle that you can enjoy for years to come.
5. Know that you can do it!
We are blessed to have so many inspirational stories of people who have turned their lives around and have become healthier individuals. Many of these stories depict individuals overcoming amazing odds and struggles to reach their health goals. You are just as capable of these wonderful accomplishments, my friend, no matter what your circumstances are. I encourage you to find some inspiring stories that resonate you and use them to catapult you towards your own success.
When you commit to the right things, you can do amazing things. Having a powerful commitment to a positive lifestyle change that is in-line with your health and wellness goals allows you to embark on a journey of transformation and enables you to become your own story of inspiration for others.
Omar Cumberbatch, founder of The Wellness Ultimatum, is a Certified Health Coach and Radio Talk Show Host.Omar received his training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where he was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
For over a decade, Omar has studied different nutritional theories, while navigating through the world of contradictory dietary and exercise advice. During this time, he experienced firsthand how challenging it could be to devise his own dietary plan, which led him to begin incorporating a holistic lifestyle approach for himself and his clients. He works with individuals who struggle with similar obstacles and are ready and motivated to change.
Omar is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purchase University. His unique approach to a healthy lifestyle has allowed him to help his clients unlock the keys to living a balanced lifestyle, incorporating all aspects -including, nutrition, movement (exercise) and spirituality.
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