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What the Heck is Mindfulness Anyway?
You have probably heard the term “mindfulness” before, but do you really know what it means? Understandably, since you can’t see it or touch it, this concept can be a little hard to grasp at first.
I also accept that this concept can be a little too “woo woo” for some people, mostly because I used to feel the exact same way!
The truth is, countless studies show that mindfulness is an extremely powerful tool you can use to increase happiness, decrease stress, and slim your waistline. (I am living proof!)
Then only catch is, you have to know what it is, what it is not, and how to achieve it in order to reap the benefits.
Be Here Now
Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the HERE and NOW. Basically, this means focusing on exactly what you are doing in the present moment.
You might be thinking, “Of course I am focused on what I am doing right now!”, but the truth is, the vast majority of the time, we are focused on the past or the future.
For example, we might physically be at work but our mind is focused on the argument we had with our significant other that morning. And if we are not thinking about the past, we are worrying about things that may or may not happen in the future. For example we might physically be at home but our mind is focused on the like the meeting we have in the morning.
Crystal Balls & Time Machines
Focusing on the past or the future is nothing but a one way track to misery! Past and present thinking cause worry, regret, and anxiety which, in my opinion, are 3 useless emotions.
Let me explain what I mean, generally, when you are thinking about something that has happened in the past you feel worrisome and regretful, but the question is WHY? No amount of worry or regret will transport you back in time to change things!
And thinking about what might happen in the future often causes anxiety, but is anxiety a crystal ball that will help you to predict the future? NO!
This is why I believe worry, regret, and anxiety are useless emotions!
Food is Like a Drug
Another big reason I don’t like negative emotions is because they are the number one reason people binge and overeat! Emotional eating is the number one causes of weight gain and there is a good reason for this fact.
Did you know food causes our brain to produce “feel good” hormones in much the same way drugs and alcohol do? Have you ever noticed that you tend to overeat when you are stressed, anxious, worried, sad, or angry? Now you know why!
Mindfulness & Weight Loss
When you begin to practice mindfulness the most amazing thing happens, you become happier! As you now know, when you switch your focus to the here and now rather than the past or future, it alleviates stress, worry, anxiety, and regret.
This, in turn, reduces overeating and binge eating, increases energy, heightens determination, and gives you the mindset you need to continue down the path to sustainable weight loss. This means, you will eat less, move more, and will keep your head in the weight loss game when the going gets tough (like when a cupcake is calling your name!)
This is EXACTLY what you need in order to lose weight and keep it off forever just like me! To learn more about my weight loss journey, click right here!
Until we meet again, just remeber: #MindWhereBodyIs