Other posts suggest improving your social or work environment to reduce stress or compulsive eating triggers.
An option that you might not have thought of is to change your physical environment
The positive weight loss and weight management effects could be started or reinforced by numerous health, or well-being influences.
Moving from an urban area to a rural area will reduce time stuck in traffic and the pollution that you ingest. Time in traffic increases stress levels that encourage bad eating habits. Pollution interferes with bodily processes, as does excessive stress.
The people that you interact with outside of the city are more likely to be relaxed and laid back, this attitude can be infectious. There will be more opportunity and incentive to spend your time in healthier ways.
From opening your curtain in the morning to a beautiful day where the birds are singing and the trees swaying in the breeze… To the fresh smell of grass and trees as you are hanging your washing on the line… A walk along the river or a stroll to the local store to buy a newspaper might be more enticing than watching TV.
Moving from a cold area to a hot one OR moving from a hot area to a cold one. Some of us seem to function best in different climates; from the point of view of mental clarity, or bodily functions. Many people find that ailments such as allergies, headaches or skin problems simply disappear when the climate is different. Maybe your joints ache in humid or cold weather, maybe hot weather makes you lethargic.
Think back to different places that you have lived.
Where there times that you felt more health and vitality because of the weather or climate?
Move countries. Whilst this might seem strange as a weight loss tactic, it ties in with the first 2 points. I maintain that the best way of improving your weight, fitness or heath is to improve everything about your life.
Every aspect of our life is interconnected. It is impossible for some aspects of our life to be perfect, if other important aspects are in disarray. For example, you won’t experience or appreciate career success fully, unless you have successful relationships outside of work. You are unlikely to be dedicated enough to achieve major goals if your habits are bad.
Migration is related to new dreams, increased passion, wisdom, personal growth and spiritual awareness. These things are unlikely to unfold during a 1 week beach holiday or a drunken 18-30 ‘cheap thrill’ holiday. Once you see people in other cultures you will understand that we are all fundamentally similar. You might even realize that you are very fortunate, and your general attitude will change.
Migrating to a new country will allow you to completely change habits, you will be focused on learning and adapting to new experiences. It is unlikely that you will be spending time as a couch potato watching reality TV. Your own new reality will be far too compelling.
Moving to a different type of living accommodation within the same area. Maybe you live in a home that is effected by ground level ozone pollution, damp mold spores, or noise pollution that interrupts your sleep.
You might have got used to the visual, chemical or sound pollution but it is still influencing your physical and mental health. Maybe a move to a high floor of a condominium will put you above some of the worst pollution and then you will sleep much better?
A good night’s sleep has many health benefits and lack of sleep will create stress hormones and other hormonal changes linked to weight gain
The sense of well-being will help strengthen your overall resolve. A move from a busy street to a quiet one might be all you need to create a tipping point!
Moving closer to the park / gym / lake / river, etc. Where do you feel relaxed or excited? Where do your passions lie? Maybe a move closer might help?
These are a few suggestions to illustrate my point. I’m NOT expecting to see any headlines such as:
‘400-pound woman moves 10 floors upstairs in the same building and loses 300 pounds in a year!’
‘All people who live near water are slim and sexy!’
What I am saying is that self-improvement involves changing as many habits, choices and environmental or social factors as possible into your favor.
To completely change the result, you need to completely change the input. The more aspects of your life that you can change in your favor, the easier and more likely you will be to get the life and the body that you dream of.
I think that you know by now, that simply starting an aerobics class, buying an exercise bike, or counting calories will not create the change that you are looking for
You need to picture yourself in the future as the person that you are capable of being.
If you and your life are perfect in every way…
Are you eating junk food?
- feeling depressed or guilty?
- watching too much TV?
- feeling embarrassed or ashamed to be naked in front of your partner?
- Do you feel uncomfortable in a swimming costume?
- Are you experiencing shortness of breath, dizzy spells or palpitations?
The person that you are now on track to become is not experiencing any of these terrible things. The future you is not just thinner, the life that you lead and the person you are is different in almost EVERY way!
The chances are that you will be living somewhere else as well!