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9 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Walk Off Weight

As a kid, I was relentlessly teased for being chubby.

To the point where family members commented to my mom about how chunky I was. These remarks, along with growing up in a house where calorie-counting was a way of life, contributed to my dysfunctionally functional relationship with food (and my body).

If you want to use walking to lose weight, you need to take several positive steps—about 10,000 positive steps per day! But, in addition to doing the positive, here are 10 things to stop doing.

1. Stop bashing your body and yourself.

Those horribly mean thoughts you tell yourself are making it impossible for you to make healthy decisions. Think about it. If you tell a child that they aren’t smart and will never succeed in school, do you know what they’ll think? Exactly that — that they’ll never do well in school.

If you’re walking around telling yourself, “I can’t lose weight. I’m a failure. Eating healthy is impossible for me,” you’re just setting yourself up for failure. The truth is that real, lasting change starts with our thoughts. Start tuning into what you’re telling yourself. When you’re ready, start focusing on what you’re proud of about yourself and what’s going well.

2. Stop ignoring your hunger cues.

In my early twenties, I used to think the longer I could go while ignoring my hunger was a sign of strength. The truth is, feeling hunger pangs is actually a good thing. It’s a signal you need to fuel your body, and that your metabolism is on-track.

Replace your fear of hunger with the desire to honor your hunger and fullness. When you’re hungry, nourish your body. When you’re satisfied, stop. It’s that simple, yet we’ve made it that difficult. It doesn’t have to be.

3.Stop Drinking Calories

How many calories are in the sodas, fruit juices, coffee drinks and sports drinks that you drink each day? Can you get used to drinking water and black coffee instead? You need water during walking workouts of 30 minutes or more, and you probably need electrolyte (salt) replacement if you are sweating and walking for over 60 minutes. But you don’t need to drink extra calories.

4. Stop doing exercises you hate.

You know what happens when you start doing something you really don’t like? You stop doing it. While it’s true that abs are essentially made in the kitchen, moving your body keeps you motivated, connected with your physical being and most importantly, empowers you.

Move your body in ways you’re actually excited about: a dance class, yoga or hiking. You don’t have to go to a gym. Experiment, have fun and find something you like doing.

5. Stop ignoring your emotions.

We don’t like feeling sad, lonely, anxious, stressed or vulnerable. But, do you know what it means when you feel these things? That you’re a human being having a human experience.

With everyone constantly sharing their “highlight reels,” it’s easy to think that feeling anything other than happiness is bad or not normal, which inevitably leaves you feeling like you’re alone and wanting food to comfort, zone out or fill the void.

I get it. When these feelings come creeping, food can be a calming way to numb. Instead of going there, breathe into your emotions and really feel them. Admitting these feelings are there, and choosing to embrace them and shed light upon them, will prevent you from reaching for Ben and Jerry’s. Trust the process.

6. Stop waiting until you get there.

Make a list of all the things you’d do, if you were where you want to be. Then, go out and start doing them. By waiting to do them, you’re preventing yourself from moving forward.

Do things that make you vibrant now. You’ll shift your vibration into one of inspiration, love and light. And when you’re in this place, you’ll automatically start choosing healthier actions, thoughts and people that will help pave your road for a life where you feel good in your skin (and that’s what really matters).

7.Stop Thinking Breathing Harder Is Bad

A good brisk walking workout will result in you breathing harder than usual. That is a good sign that you are getting into the fat-burning heart rate zone. Warm up at an easy pace, and then walk at a brisk pace for 30 to 60 minutes to get your body to burn some of the fat you want to lose.

8. Stop eating all the “zero” foods.

It sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but when you stop eating all those packaged diet foods and start eating real whole fresh foods, you’ll feel so much better, and you’ll finally be able to really feel satisfied.

9.Stop Doing the Same Walking Workout Every Day

If your walking workouts are always on the same route, at the same pace, or with the same treadmill workout—switch it up. Fast days, easy days, interval days, long slow days—each has its own benefits. Change up your walking workouts to get your body to build muscle and burn calories.

Thanks for reading!



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