Ah, Spring…And though it officially arrived a month ago, for me it doesn’t really begin until the weather is a bit warmer and the grass and trees start turning green.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. A time for nature to come out of hibernation and rejuvenate.
Personally, I feel there’s just something magical about Spring. The birds come back and I hear them chirping, I begin see the flowers budding, and I feel the sun getting warmer. It’s lightens my spirit.
For so many of us, it’s a time when we begin to reflect on our life. Kind of like in the New Year, but with less “expectations.” I like that about spring, there’s less stress of having to make a change.
When I’m working with my clients, one of the things I help them with is that too often look to the past. They look at how they didn’t lose weight before (or lost it and gained most of it back) and see themselves as a failure. And they keep this in their head.
First of all – you are NOT a failure! Every single of you reading this has what it takes. You can do it. It can happen. I’ve seen it over and over again – women who weren’t sure they could actually do it have taken the weight off and kept it off, gotten healthy, and have new, vibrant lives.
So as Spring is here, I ask you to stop looking back and start looking forward.
Maybe right now you know you have poor habits, and they’re leaving you tired, stressed, overwhelmed, overweight, and unhappy.
But imagine if today, right now, you decided to take back your health and started eating better, getting fit, and took back control over food, instead of letting it controlling you.
Now imagine on year from now – it’s the first month of Spring next year. How you would feel? Imagine the feeling of being slimmer, of feeling really good in your skin, of being physically fit AND emotionally strong.
I bet you’d like to feel sexy, confident, self-assured, and happy – really happy. Not that smile you put on so others think you’re happy. I mean happiness that just RADIATES from the inside and it shows on the outside.
Imagine waking up in the morning and the first thing you think of is not food, not the bathroom scale, not what your stomach or thighs look like, and not how you wish you could wear better or smaller clothes.
Instead, you wake up with a sense of energy and excitement for the day. When you get undressed to take a shower you’re actually happy to look in the mirror and like what you see. You forget all about the bathroom scale.
You get dressed and are actually happy to put on bright clothes that fit your body well, instead of wearing dark colors to cover or hide any excess weight.
You actually look forward to your meals and when you sit down to eat, you’re relaxed and not thinking about the calorie content.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
It can happen. It does happen. I see it every day.
But you need to look forward. Keep that image in your mind, of the “new you” a year from now. Don’t look back and moan and groan about how you couldn’t make it work in the past. Forget about it. Let it go. Move on.
It’s time for renewal. A time for you to let go of the past, and look into the future. Because just like every winter – though it may seem long, and dark and dreary, but eventually it turns into Spring. And the birds come back to sing, the flowers start to bloom and show their colors, and the sun begins to shine a bit brighter and longer.
And you can do the same. You can start to sing again, start to bloom, and really shine. Let go of the past and look to the future. And next spring you will feel the renewal, both inside and out.