Those Tricky Little Hormones and Your Meaningful Why

rewuiriytyrI just came across an article about how some tricky little hormones (man or woman) make it difficult not only to lose weight, but also to sustain a healthy weight once you’ve done what it takes to get there.

Here’s a snippet:

“Many previous studies have shown that when overweight people slim down, their bodies respond vigorously, by undergoing changes in hormones that affect hunger and satiety — “multiple compensatory mechanisms encouraging weight gain,” as the authors put it. For instance, when obese people lose body fat, levels of the hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells, drop. That signals to the brain that the body’s energy stores are low, slowing metabolism and triggering hunger.” TIME.com

spring chickenIn my case I’m no longer what you might call a “Spring Chicken” (57 and still kickin’) so I’m dealing with a double whammy as post-menopausal women as well as not-so-young anymore men also have to accept that other little no-so-nice hormones called endogenous androgens like to tamper with exactly where fat likes to live  – no surprise that this would be on your belly.  I looked it up as it seems my waist is getting bigger even when I’m not eating more calories, or being less active than my norm.

If you’ve navigated my website you’ve got an insight into how important having a “MEANINGFUL Why” is to attaining and sustaining a healthy weight and fitness level.  And it seems that those tricky little hormones make having a meaningful why even more important to enjoying the benefits of a healthy weight and being fit.

You also know how important it is to “check in” on your meaningful why to see if, in fact, it still means a darn thing to you.  If it doesn’t, repeat this process and discover what means enough to you NOW to make your motivation tick so you stick to your method. Once you understand your meaningful why(s) you can then ramp up their power by creating a Mission Statement.

I’m still a little bummed out that sustaining a 27 inch waist for the rest of my life may not be in the cards – but when I read my mission statement it was clear to me that my meaningful whys were still going strong – and that my mission still has the power to motivate me – 28.5 inch waist or 27 inch waste, I am still inspired and motivated to stick to my plan.

Here I am achieving my mission - I LOVE to hike (and this often involves climbing)

Here I am achieving my mission – I LOVE to hike (and this often involves climbing)

“I am committed to meet and follow my daily “minimums” regarding my nutrition and exercise/activity.  My objective is to stay strong as I age.  Staying strong keeps me functional and being able to function at the highest and most optimal levels as I age allows me to do the things I enjoy and improves the quality of my life.  I refuse to watch life from the sidelines until they drag me to the bench kicking and screaming.”

Now, you may not be a post-menopausal woman or not-so-young anymore man – but the point of this post is to point out that sometimes there are things outside of our control.  For instance, maybe you’re “big boned” (that’s a non-medical term for “large frame”) and that means your hips are NEVER going to measure 35 inches.  But if you’ve got a meaningful why and your mission reflects that why not having 35 inch hips isn’t such a big deal anymore.  Or maybe you’ve got an injury that keeps you from running.  Having a meaningful why sure helps you to appreciate you can still walk, swim, and ride your bike.

What I really love about the Fitegic Planning approach is that it makes it possible to totally accept and admire who I am at any given time.  How?  Well, having a meaningful why and a Fitegic Plan allows you to:

  • Have the serenity to accept things I cannot change (like I’m getting older)
  • Courage to change the things I can (OK, so I can step up a little bit on my activity as well as make sure I’m getting the right amount of protein now that I’m on the other side of the Hill)
  • And the wisdom to know the difference.

I’d also add that a meaningful why allows you the freedom to accept and celebrate who you are at any given moment in time.  And that’s a beautiful thing no matter how much you weigh.

My Personal Fitegic Mission Statement

“I am committed to meet and follow my daily “minimums” regarding my nutrition and exercise/activity.  My objective is to stay strong as I age.  Staying strong keeps me functional and being able to function as I age allows me to do the things I enjoy and improves the quality of my life.  I refuse to watch life from the sidelines until they drag me to the bench kicking and screaming.”

A fellow blogger asked me what kept me motivated. Explained how “meaningful whys” change over time & that I adjust accordingly. Shared my current Fitegic Mission Statement with her – and now here.

What’s yours?

The Party’s Over: Resolve versus Commit

Resolve: To reach a firm decision about.

Commit: To carry into action deliberately.

The party’s over and we are now five days into the New Year.   Any holiday pounds have been gained or lost and we’ve made our resolutions.

Many of us have already begun putting our resolutions into action.  We are excited about them and motivated to carry them out – after all we have RESOLVED to do so!

But resolutions are tricky to keep.   Most of us will fester up to the fact that many, if not most, of our post New Year’s resolutions started off with a bang and went out with a whimper.

Why?  Let’s take a look at what we do when we “make a resolution”.

When we resolve to do something this means we’ve made a firm decision about something.

Let’s say one of your resolutions is to exercise more.  You may have actually been keeping this resolution for the past five days.  It’s something you’ve decided to do for yourself.  But then life starts to get in the way – the changing circumstances and situations of your daily life force you into making other decisions that conflict with your resolve – your decision – to exercise more.

Slowly and over the course of time your resolution loses the power to motivate you to action.

This is where most people quit.  But really it is an opportunity to put into place the “missing link” when it comes to not only making a resolution – but keeping it.  And that is making a commitment to keeping your resolution.

What’s the difference between the two?  When we resolve to do something we make a mental decision to do something.  When we commit to doing something we deliberately carry out that decision by taking action.

But I DO put my resolutions into action and still fail to keep them – there’s no real difference between resolving to do something and committing to doing something!

Oh, but there is.  The key word here is “deliberately”.  When we are “deliberate” this means that we have not only “carefully thought out” our resolution, but we are “methodical” in the manner in which we put our resolution – which is a mental process – into action, into practice.

We must not only decide to do something – we must continuously act upon that decision.

This is where creating and managing your Fitegic Plan comes into play.  A plan is a deliberate, methodical foundation upon which mental decisions (ideas) are translated into concrete objectives and goals that are carried out via specific strategies and tactics.

When we have a plan we have the tool required to make the necessary adjustments when our circumstances or situations present obstacles to keeping our resolution.  When it comes to resolutions related to attaining and sustaining a healthy weight, creating and managing your Fitegic Plan is the central “how” of intentionally and methodically turning a resolution into a reality.