Spirit in Weight Loss


CIMG0879Now matter how you look at fitness it can never be complete without adding spirit. Human beings are complicated. We were made that way, and we’re not complete without being in touch with our inner guidance or voice. Call it what you will, this guidance already knows exactly what you need in every aspect of your life. I call this guidance God. I also refer to it as the Universe when I’m overwhelmed by God’s expression of Love and Grace. Now, the amazing thing about this Life Force is that it’s alive within each of us. With as big as God is. . . that power is wrapped into a bundle within each one of us. It’s the greatest resource you will ever have.

Trying to get fit and lose weight is normally much like a child’s soccer game. Children aren’t born knowing the rules, they learn them over time. As beginners they chase the ball across the field in one huge pack. When we don’t have a plan for ourselves — our personal diet — we wander from one to another as if we’re chasing a bouncing ball. Then we wonder why nothing seems to work. What we need is focus. It’s a process which takes months, steady work and a lot of introspection. We need the perfect fit for it to be a sustainable program.

Here’s some thoughts on how to get started. You know the basics of healthy eating. Sugar is not good for anyone. Lean meats and fish are best for most people. Abundant vegetables and fruit in moderation works well for many. Healthy fats found in avocados, nuts, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, eggs, nut butters and oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. There are some people who can handle whole grains. As a detective you can discover what works best for you. I have clients who do best with more fruit and fewer vegetables. You must find your balance. Funny as it may sound this power knows exactly what you need for health and happiness. You only have to listen to the guidance it’s willing to give every day. No need to go to a mountain top, you can reach that inner guidance with two easy approaches. This is how we learn the rules because our instruction manual is within.

1. Journaling daily to chart your eating habits, and MOST IMPORTANTLY how your body likes those foods you choose. When food works for your body you will have energy and feel great. When it doesn’t you will have issues which can be seen as “allergic” in nature. When I was eating grains I had asthma. Now that it’s been 15 months without grain I am nearly clear of symptoms. This is my experience. I do not recommend you stop any medication just because you have changed your diet. Change the diet and discuss medication changes with your physician.

2. Spending time each day in silence to tune your ears so they can hear that inner voice. I call this Deep Relaxation but it is also known as meditation. There is nothing to DO with this process. Following your breath, telling your body to relax. You already have knowledge within and Spirit will take care of business. Breathe.

This way to fitness will keep you from chasing after false promises and unhealthy habits. Your journal will help you determine what works for you. Schedule a reasonable time-table for exercise each week. Decide what you will make for dinner ahead of time and even think to do weekend cooking so you are prepared during the week. This is your Plan. Follow it and you’re less likely to chase after the perfect diet — because you already have one. It’s in your best interest to figure out what you want, why you want it, and look within for the understanding to get there. Don’t look at what the world is telling you, recognize what is best for you. What you have been led to believe about the fitness process won’t necessarily work for you. Learn to see the path that is clearly yours. Look with your inner knowledge.

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull 

For More Details on how you can develop your personal diet plan see The Zen of Weight Loss, and the Long-Distance ZWL Method of Health Coaching.

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