We praise the hustle.
We say things like “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, or “Sleep is for the weak”.
We wear multitasking like a badge of honor.
We’re literally hustling our lives away, and in the process, getting further and further from our goals…
…Especially our fat loss goals.
Where there’s hustle, there’s got to be flow, and we’ll never achieve that highly-creative state if we don’t first prioritize rest and recovery!
Making time for the activities that help us manage our stress instead of exacerbating it is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and the missing link from most fat loss programs.
What I’ve learned is that hustle will take over your life easily if you let it, and most people do without even realizing it!
So how do you know if you’re hustling effectively or for the sake of feeling busy? You can start by answering the following questions:
Do you feel productive at the end of the day, or completely drained?
Do you to make healthy choices, or are you reaching for what’s quick and easy?
Do you find time for exercise; or is it the first thing that gets dropped when you get stressed out?
Do you make time for leisure, rest & relaxation, or does the very idea of taking a leisure walk or other stress-reducing activity make you anxious?
So few people actually make the connection between the hustle and the way they approach their fat loss goals.
If you’re constantly busy; working feverishly just to keep your head above water; and barely finding time to breathe, let alone exercise or make healthy food choices, so they heck can you expect to achieve your physique goals?!
When our self-worth is predicated on how many balls we’re trying to juggle and how stressful our life is, we’re not in control–we’re playing the victim.
Playing the victim is easy. It’s convenient, and it’s effortless. The hard part is stepping up to the plate to take action and make changes. But when we do, we increase our self-efficacy; we strengthen our self-belief; and we improve our self-esteem.
So that highly-stressed out state that many of us find ourselves in? That state is not only bad for our self-esteem, but our waistlines, as well.
We’re less productive, less creative, and less likely to make healthy choices when in this state of mind.
Don’t get me wrong–hustle is not all bad!
When we’re focused and tuned into those high-vibrations, we produce quality work. But we can’t access that level of creativity if we don’t care for ourselves adequately.
So if you want the hustle to complement the flow in your life, and uncover the real key ingredient to lasting fat loss (hint: exercise and diet are important, but stress management is critical!), try implementing some of my favorite stress-relief activities:
Sex (or just hugging, cuddling, being close to another person, etc.)
Intimacy, meaningful conversations, etc.
Spending time with the people who elevate us and match our vibrations
I hope you enjoyed this blog! If you want more insights into how you can rest your way into a healthier body and mindset around food and exercise, come join my free Facebook community, Cut the Fitness Fluff with Hilary!
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I’ll see you there! <3