How empowered do you feel right now?
One thing I’ve noticed is that women who are struggling with losing and regaining the same 30 pounds over and over again are often in victim mode.
This means you frequently feel that you are at the effect of outside circumstances that you believe are outside of your control. You feel powerless.
This can look like:
- Feeling unappreciated by your boss and coming home and eating a pint of ice cream.
- Being overwhelmed by everything you have on your to-do list, and falling into the chocolate.
- Dreading the work project you are facing, and mindlessly eating an entire bag of chips.
Some element of life is coming at you, and you are coping by eating a food that will trigger a temporary hormonal reaction in your body that makes you feel better.
The problem is that once the physical reaction subsides, feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing take over, driving up negative chemical reactions in your body—and perpetuating unhealthy habits.
What’s happening here is your negative thoughts are generating catabolic energy that releases the stress hormone cortisol, adrenaline, and other chemicals that literally can cannibalize your body. Over time, this catabolic energy can cause everything from painful trigger points in your shoulders, to inflammation, to heart attacks.
It can even impact your metabolism and other weight-related systems making it easier to gain and harder to release weight.
Feeling energized, alive, and powerful creates positive anabolic energy that releases endorphins, testosterone, and body supporting hormones that help your body heal, rebuild, and flow with physical energy.
And yes, makes it easier to release excess weight.
One way to tap into positive anabolic energy is to consciously shift your thoughts and feelings about who you are, what you are capable of, and what you deserve.
Another way to feel more empowered is to move your body.
And it can be as simple as changing your posture for as little as two minutes!
In this fabulous TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shares that body language can affect not only how others see you, but also can change how you see yourself.
She says that “power posing”—standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident—for just two minutes can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain improving your chances for success.
What this means is that our bodies can change our minds.
So if standing in a power pose for two minutes can have a profound impact on your body chemistry, imagine what happens when you lift weights for 30 minutes? Or run, or dance?
Everyone who has ever worked out consistently knows how awesome you feel afterwards. It is often that empowered feeling that keeps exercisers coming back for more.
You can tap into that feeling of empowerment before, during, and after your workout.
You can do that right now by thinking about how it feels after your workout, actually feeling empowered, or even power posing for two minutes.
How will this benefit you?
Cuddy shares that the minds of powerful people have common characteristics. She says that powerful and effective leaders are more assertive, confident, optimistic, win at games of chance, are better at thinking abstractly, and take more risks.
They also have more testosterone and less of the stress hormone cortisol.
In other words they have a lot of positive anabolic energy.
Our thoughts and feelings—and body movement—literally impact our wellness at the cellular level.
Before your workout, begin thinking about how energized, alive, and powerful you feel afterwards. And then use your thoughts, feelings—and body—to tap into that feeling of empowerment throughout the day.
Not only will this make doing your workout tomorrow easier, but it improves your success in all areas of your life.
Together we can do it!