“They” say nothing good in life comes without effort, and I absolutely believe this to be true. Whether you want a successful career, a happy marriage, good kids, or a lean and healthy body, you’ve got to put in the work! There’s just no way around it. Sometimes it will feel like getting fit is a struggle. It’s hours that you “don’t have,” it’s money you’d rather spend elsewhere, or maybe it’s even pressure from your family to be home or judgement/commentary that your friends present regarding your dedication to health.
There’s something I need to get off my chest. In the world of internet marketing it seems the meaning of the term “coach” has turned into the OPPOSITE of the reason I got into coaching in the first place. This is a bit of a rant so be prepared… It seems that nowadays you can take a quick course online and you are then slapped with the prestigious title of COACH. And here’s why I am NOT ok with that…
As long as humans have been in existence, being part of a tribe has been crucial. Originally it was important for survival, as groups can protect one another and navigate challenges with much more ease than a single person. In fact, many species of animals run in tribes. But because we no longer fear attacks by wild animals, natural disasters, and starvation, tribes have come to play a different role in our lives. However, they still serve similar purposes like protection and support…or at least they should.
If you’ve ever been on a powerful mission to get healthier, eat better, and be consistent with your exercise routine, you may have noticed that certain friends and family aren’t in love with your new-found dedication. And it’s not because they don’t love you. It’s because it’s hard for them to see you change. Maybe they think you won’t be able to have as much fun because you’ll stop being as social. Maybe they’re irritated by your refusal to eat something they just baked. Maybe they’re upset that you declined Saturday morning mimosas in favor of hitting the gym. I’m here to tell you that this is normal, that you can’t give into the pressure, and to help you understand why this is happening.
Today let’s chat about two food classifications that can either make or break your ability to stay on track with your nutrition and avoid giving into cravings: buffer foods and trigger foods. Buffer foods are foods that allow you to, with a small amount of indulgence, get rid of the cravings and thereby take in far fewer calories than you would have if you gave into the craving. Buffer foods typically include things like peanut butter, green smoothies, extra dark chocolate (or other items with cocoa). Think foods that give you the sweet or fat sensation but that you don’t want to eat a whole lot of.
It’s commonly talked about that reducing stress is a crucial part of attaining or maintaining your health. But what if I told you there’s a kind of stress that’s actually really beneficial? It’s self-imposed stress – stress that you choose to undergo by putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. It’s growth-based stress.
I can’t quite remember where I heard it, but somewhere I once heard someone say that their deepest desire in life is to not leave an ounce of potential behind when they’re gone. It made me re-evaluate how I live in each major area of my life – health/fitness, relationships, business, finance, and much more. It still helps me focus on constant improvement in each area. It’s important to consider the legacy you will leave behind. How do you want to be remembered?
Nearly everyone we have worked with has had to overcome some mindset issues around food. If you’ve ever experienced guilt around food, this message is for you. I understand. I see people all the time beat themselves up for eating that piece of cake or for eating junk food all weekend. Judging themselves and their inability to make the “right choices” 100% of the time. But I’m here today to tell you that it does you no good for several reasons:
The choices you make throughout the day every day ultimately create a snowball effect in your life. The little things that may seem insignificant in the moment eventually can add up to a massively successful life or a life of disappointment. Today I want to make you aware of those tiny yet indescribably important choices…because they are CHOICES. If you choose to skip a workout for a day, is it a big deal? No – of course not! But what happens when you make that choice repeatedly? Maybe it starts over the course of a week, then before you know it, it’s been a month, a quarter, a year…