You have no doubt seen and heard those ads declaring that anyone can have a set of rock-hard abs in just three weeks, no matter how flabby they may be now. Others proclaim the virtues of all kinds of secret diets from high-protein diets to water diets, all promising that you will see changes within no time.
But the reality is that there is no way the damage that’s been done over many years can be undone in a couple of days of intense dieting or training.
Why are weight loss and blogging a mental battle?
Global entities in the field of weight loss and training, such as Weight Watchers and TRX Trainer, will tell you that there is no secret nutritional or training plan that will cure the results of years of poor lifestyle choices.
What you can be sure will work is a well thought out regime that you stick to faithfully for a long time. Likewise, when setting up a new online business via a blog, there is no quick fix. One of the biggest mistakes new bloggers make and fail is that they expect instant gratification.
Success comes over a long period of time, and it takes a lot of perseverance, determination and endurance. Like blogging, weight loss is a Marathon run, not a 100-meter sprint. A Marathon is a mental challenge. The biggest battle takes place in runner’s own mind during the race – it is a battle between quitting and keep running.
Why is it important for bloggers to understand how their body works?
Understanding how your own health works is especially important for bloggers who spend the lion’s share of their day hunched over their computers doing research and typing out articles.
Regardless of their best intentions, they find the day ending when they’ve barely budged from their desks. As for diet, most of them resort to fast foods and fizzy drinks due to their convenience. This kind of lifestyle will have adverse effects sooner or later.
The 2 steps below are the building blocks to help you as a blogger develop a healthy routine.
Understand the role a balanced diet plays in your well-being
The first thing you need to do is begin watching what you take in. Eat the right kind of foods; those that energize your body, improve the digestion process and also help it to grow.
If you are at a loss as to where to begin, visit your nearest bookstore and look for something to do with nutrition and diet. Or better yet, go to the Internet and see if you can get nutritional advice from a reputable source. Be careful to avoid the quick-fix solutions mentioned earlier. Find out the different functions performed by the nutrients contained in the different kinds of foods.
Once you gain a firm understanding of the role food plays in your wellbeing, you will be less inclined to go on stuffing yourself with ‘dead’ foods. Most junk food is considered dead as the nutrients in it have been long destroyed in the cooking process or because they are made from a combination of artificial flavours and colouring with zero nutritional value.
Tip: A good way to choose “good calories” instead of “bad calories” is to honestly ask yourself: “Does my body really needs this?”
A thorough grasp of food’s importance will also keep you from seeing eating as simply a source of pleasure or emotional solace. You will cease the habit of eating until your stomach groans. Instead you will begin eating just what you know your body needs.
Understand the role exercise plays in your performance as a blogger
Much as some of us cringe at the sound of the ‘e’ word, there is no getting around the fact that exercising regularly is the only way to recover our lost shape. Women dreading the prospect of becoming muscular when they start exercising need to know that all they need is to engage in low intensity cardiovascular activities to burn calories and lose weight. These include jogging, swimming, bike riding or even a simple, brisk walk.
Tip: Remember to pace yourself as you begin and do only what you can comfortably sustain, even if it’s just 15 minute break from your blog work. Start from somewhere and gradually increase the intensity.
Combining the above two measures will put you well on your way to achieving your weight loss goals but you must be able to sustain them over a long period if you are to see the results you want. Remember, this is a Marathon, not a sprint. This means you must be committed and disciplined, refusing to give up even when the going gets tough.
With this said, I am now going to take a break from my guest posting work and go for a nice walk by the beach for 15 minutes to exercise and re-energize.