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What To Do When Diet and Exercise Don’t Work (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this post I focused on the importance of listening to your body.

In the comments on that post, a conversation started up about the fear that comes with listening to your body and the courage it takes to act on the answers you get once you do.

Lisa wrote, “It takes courage.  Courage to dare to see and dare to choose.”

Zsofi wrote, “…some people are scared what they’ll find if they actually ‘go in’.  We hide the answers because it can be inconvenient or feel impossible to honour the answers.”

This is why I love your input in the comments.  I’ve been a bit of a personal development nerd since I was 19 years old.  That means I’ve been asking myself about myself for a whole friggin’ decade now and I forgot how hard it was in the beginning.  Thank YOU for the reminder.

I recently began reading Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever.  She says that fear is simply the absence of love, so by focusing on more love, you conquer your fears.  I LOVE that because I think most of our fears are rooted in what we don’t want for ourselves.  Love is rooted in what we do.  It’s WAY MORE FUN to spend more time in the “This is what I want” zone, isn’t it?

For more on overcoming fear, you can also watch this video.

So how do you apply listening to your body when diet and exercise don’t work?

There are two key questions to ask your body to get to the answers you need.

1. Is this what I really want?

2.  Why?

And very specific times to ask them.

1. When you’re doing something you think you’re “supposed to do” to get the results you want.

2. When you’re doing something you don’t think you’re “supposed to do” to get the results you want.

Example: When you’re sweating your ass off in bootcamp class and want to punch the instructor in the face if she screams at you ONE MORE TIME, ask your body, “Is this what you really want?”  If the intuitive answer you get is “no”…then ask “What is?”  If the intuitive answer you get is “yes” then it’s not the instructor that’s really irritating you, it’s something else…and that’s a whole other conversation!

[quote]The fact of the matter is, our bodies will not be forced or punished into the shape and size we want. –> Click to Tweet! [/quote]

It’s like trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole.  If what you’ve been doing isn’t working, it’s time to try something new.

Here are some ideas for you:

If your workouts are very masculine in nature try something more feminine like dance or yoga.  If all you do is workouts like yoga or dance, give a bootcamp class a try, or hire a personal trainer or coach.  If you LOVE nature, walk more, try hiking, find some stairs or hills to climb and turn that into a workout, go to a park, soak up some Vitamin D while you exercise, kill two birds with one stone.

[quote]OK Liz, I’m trying to ask my body what it wants and I’m not getting a clear answer. What now?[/quote]

Some people are naturally more intuitive than others.  If you have trouble tuning in and feeling the answer I recommend finding a quiet place, either laying own or sitting down, closing your eyes and breathing deeply.  To clear your mind of any interruptive thoughts, you can count the seconds of your breath or simply repeat the question you’re asking to yourself until you start to receive the biofeedback you’re looking for.

As I wrap up this post, I want to remind you that there’s nothing wrong with you.  If you aren’t getting the results you want, all that means is that you’re just missing some information you need to make your next great stride…and that’s what I’m here for, to teach you how to uncover that information.

That concludes this impromptu series on tuning into your body and dealing with some of the fears that hold you back.

Now I want to hear from you!

What’d you think? In the comments below tell me…

Which tip made the most sense to you that you can take action on right away? And what’s your best advice for when diet and exercise don’t seem to be working?

What To Do When Diet and Exercise Don’t Work (Part 2 of 2)
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  • Nicole

    Thanks for a great post Liz.

    I think you make a great point about trying something different.

    I am used to doing the more “masculine” type of exercise that makes you puff, sweat and come out feeling sore for days after!

    Then I started doing yoga a couple of months ago, just to try it out and I loved it! So different to all the things I have done before. Relaxing, but tough exercise at the same time. I also found out that I am really not good at it but enjoy the challenge of continuing on with it to get better see some improvements over the weeks.