Tell us if this sounds like you: You know what a proper diet and exercise plan consists of, and you think you’re capable of it, but you simply just don’t have the time to commit to it. You’re either a mother, wife, friend, hard worker at your job, whatever it may be and constantly putting the needs of others before yourself. Before you even realized it, your clothes started not to fit properly, you start to avoid full-body mirrors and scales, and sugar / junk food cravings are through the roof…
Luckily for you, there are thousands of women who have the same struggles as you, and there are thousands of women who have found solutions to these struggles. We know how hard it is to create a balance for yourself between work, family, exercise & dieting, etc…but it is possible. You can get back behind the wheel and take control of your life. You can overcome all those emotional struggles through all the everyday stresses life throws at you. You can still help others while helping yourself.
However, we here at Prodigy are big believers of one simple theory. You cannot fill up another person’s cup if your cup is empty. Simply put, it’s a big struggle trying to help other people before first helping yourself. If you’d like us to help fill up your cup, then please read on! We’ll show you the two biggest problems women face as far as their health is concerned, and how to solve them.
Problem #1: Food Addiction
Men and women alike will at some point find themselves overeating and using food as a means to comfort themselves not because they are hungry, but as a resolution for their emotions. Whether it’s sugar, candy, chips, cookies, doughnuts, alcohol, etc., these all provide a short period of relief for the individual…but often leads to a bit of a guilt trip shortly afterwards.
Too much of this can potentially create a dangerous cycle of repetitiveness, and can also lead to an unhealthy food addiction. This cycle usually looks a lot like this: Overeating, guilt-trip due to overeating, weight gain, and repeat. Thankfully, there’s a way to break this cycle.
First off, you need to recognize the issue. Figure out what may be triggering your eating addiction, whether it’s stress-related, or possibly something you may be passing by on a daily basis that reminds you of unhealthy food. From there, the next step is taking action to avoid the urge to overeat.
If it’s something you’re passing by every day, like a bakery, vending machine, supermarket, restaurant, etc., try and avoid passing by and/or looking at it as much as possible. If it’s stress that you feel may be causing it, allow yourself to be mad. It’s okay to be stressed, what’s not ok is taking your anger out on yourself and feeding your eating addiction (no pun intended). Take a couple minutes, remove yourself from the situation, and prevent yourself from eating anything BECAUSE of the situation. You’ll feel a lot more satisfied that you controlled yourself rather than eating and feeling guilty about it later on.
Problem #2: Inconsistency
This is the biggest problem across the large majority of women. And for good reason! It’s a difficult challenge trying to balance our at-home life, work life, social life, and fitting in time to take care of ourselves through exercising and cooking healthy meals. However, it is possible to still get it all done successfully.
Like problem #1, you first have to recognize the problem. Here’s the thing; most people find and attempt temporary solutions to achieve their goals…signing up to a gym, following a specific diet, reading about the latest workout and health blogs/magazines, etc. The issue here is, that they are temporary solutions. The real solution here is holding yourself accountable, whether that be to a specific program or a specific person.
If you go the program route, you want to make sure that it is something that can fit into your daily routine. Additionally, you also want to make sure that it’s worked for people in the past, and most of all will be something you will enjoy.
If you hold yourself accountable to a person, however, you’re also more likely to follow through with healthier choices and eating habits, even when times get tough. Whether it’s with a friend, workout partner, personal trainer, or family member, it’s always great to have someone behind your back to support and motivate you to reach your goals!
What do you think are the biggest problems women face to reach their goals? And how do you resolve them personally? We’d love to hear your thoughts!