In order to grow, we must be willing to accept change in every area of life. And given that our brains are designed to resist and protect us from change, these choices must be conscious! Pay attention to the “why not” reasons your brain likes to trick you with and make those conscious decisions to accept change and do things differently. Where are you on a scale of 1-10 in your willingness to accept change? To determine where you are on the scales, you can consider:
Food for thought
You want to succeed, right? You have the desire to exercise and eat in a way that will cause you to gain health and get fit, don’t you? So why is it SO HARD to actually make it happen? When someone starts out gung-ho about a program or idea about changing their body, they’re often so excited that they overlook how truly challenging it will be. When someone embarks on a fitness program, they always need to write down tangible goals and then send them out into the universe for accountability. What I believe is almost as important as setting the goals themselves is making a list of limiting factors – those things that will potentially hold you back and make achieving goals more difficult.
If you have ever tried to lose body fat, you’ve probably heard how bad carbs are for you. But we need to clarify something – there are two types of carbs – fibrous and starchy. Fibrous carbs are fruits and veggies and should be consumed in abundance. Starchy carbs are your bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc. Starchy carbs should NOT be avoided altogether; they have their time and place. WHEN you eat starchy carbs can make a big difference.
We all get this one opportunity to live our very best life. When we don’t grow, love, take care of ourselves, and live to our potential, we are squandering this one amazing opportunity we’ve been granted. Comfort, fear, and scarcity rob us of what’s possible unless we consciously choose otherwise. I bring this to you today because what humans on their deathbed know is that REGRET is the most damaging thing.
What I’m about to share with you are two very harmless words except when they’re used together. These words are… “Yeah, but…” Let me explain with an example. Person #1: “You know there’s never a perfect time to start exercising.” Person #2: “Yeah, but things are just extra crazy right now with the holidays coming.” You see, the phrase “yeah, but” does two things.
Positive thinking is our default when we want to improve an area of our lives. We journal, recite affirmations, and work to build our positive thoughts. However, positive thinking implies that we accept our own thoughts as truth. You can attach a particular meaning to anything but that doesn’t mean it’s real. We have to also acknowledge that things only have meaning because we give them meaning. For example, just because you’ve fallen off the wagon in your fitness and nutrition dozens of times doesn’t mean that you’re incapable of success. But that’s the meaning most people give it.
Today I’m coming at you with some practical info that you can implement right away for better health. So, without further ado, here are my 7 rules for healthy eating: 1. Drink water! Half of your body weight in ounces per day is your goal! I also suggest drinking a full glass of water prior to each meal to prevent over-eating in addition to drinking a glass as soon as you wake up. 2. Focus on eating mostly proteins, vegetables, good fats, some fruit, and just good-quality starches (like potatoes of any kind/whole grains). Keep sugar to a minimum!
With so many diets making headlines, I wanted to highlight the new anti-diet approach to you called Intuitive Eating. Intuitive eating practices are the result of the absolute exhaustion people feel when they are or have been chronic dieters. Counting calories, weighing and measuring food, and feeling guilt or pride around food choices will take a lot out of you! And that’s just one reason that most dieters fail (and gain even more weight). The principle of intuitive eating is to essentially reject diet mentality. To no longer identify foods as good or bad. And to never go hungry, leading to feelings of deprivation and binging cycles.
I’m not naming names here, but one popular approach to fitness that makes me absolutely CRAZY is what I’d refer to as a fitness factory – a gym or studio setting where dozens of people are packed in to one class with no individualization to their training. I take issue with the fact that these people simply get signed up into a program without any discussion with a highly-qualified coach as to what their goals are, what their history is, and without a true understanding of this individual. It’s kind of like whoever can pay is in simply because they can pay.
Read any book out there on what it takes to be successful in any area of your life, and the majority will tell you that it’s your thoughts and your mindset that determine success or failure. Your inner world (your thoughts and beliefs) will determine your outer world (what’s actually happening in reality). If you fully believe that you’re capable of change, committing to the process, and of creating the body of your dreams, you’ll do it. But if any part of you inside is saying “yeah, but probably not for x, y, and z reasons,” you won’t do it.