It’s something you see and hear over and over: You’ve got to lose that weight. News articles try to scare you into losing weight. Advertisements try to shame you into losing weight. And to make matters worse, you live in Rochester, MN, home of the Mayo Clinic, which can make it feel you should have no excuse for being overweight.
With all that pressure, it seems like you should have all the motivation you need to shed those pounds, but for some reason, for some people, it makes you feel guilty and ashamed. Perhaps you should take another approach: Rather than obsessing about losing weight to hopefully achieve an eventual goal, instead, switch your focus and make it your ultimate goal to live healthy.
The problem with simply trying to lose weight is that you often gain it back after you’ve met your goal. This is because you haven’t really changed the behaviors that caused the weight gain in the first place. You need to get off the weight-loss, weight-gain roller coaster. If you focus on living healthy, you make positive changes that improve your health which results in more energy, improved self-esteem, improved heart health, and yes, weight loss.
Rochester Healthy Living has links to local, Minnesota, and national resources that you can use to start living a healthy lifestyle. These resources include information for eating right, how to exercise correctly, quitting smoking, and living with heart disease. And you don’t have to go it alone. Rochester Healthy Living also has on-line forums where you can meet other people who are on the road and making the same journey as you to healthy living.
Give up the guilt. Put away the shame. Emphasizing healthy living will go much further into making you a happier, healthier person.