Who Do You Need to Become?

How many times have you told yourself, “I’m gonna lose 20 pounds and fit into a dress I used to love to wear? or “I’m going to become a gym-a-holic and finally get fit!”?

 

Many of us have goals for ourselves we’d like to accomplish for our health. Some goals are lofty and life-changing while others might be small. So, today I wanted to spend a few minutes addressing an important concept when it comes to goal setting that many of you might find helpful.

 

We all know that change is hard. It can be difficult to change our ways when we’ve been stuck for so long doing things OUR way, the comfortable way. We have these goals in our heads of what we’d like to do, like how many pounds we want to lose, or what dress we hope we can fit in again. But many times, we fail to know what it will take to get there….or if we’re even ready.

 

I want you to work backwards when it comes to goal setting and first visualize actually reaching a goal you’ve had in mind. Really soak in how you believe you will feel when you get there. How does it feel? What will that look like?

 

From there, I want you to ask yourself one question: Who do I need to become to get the goal I want to achieve? 

 

What do I mean by that? Let’s think about your goal for a minute. Let’s say you have it in your mind you want to lose 20 pounds and start working out 5 days per week and right now you are not working out at all. Big goal, right? Big goal, but doable.

 

With that goal in mind and understanding where you’re currently at, begin to think of what things you might have to learn or do differently to get there. Do you have to wake up 30 minutes earlier to make a nutritious breakfast instead of always skipping it? Do you have to spend 10 minutes the night before getting your workout clothes ready by your bedside to make it easy for you to slip them on in the morning to go for a walk? Do you have to start tracking calories to figure out where your problems with your nutrition lie? Do you have to learn how to meal prep so you can have a healthy lunch at work instead of eating out every day? Do you need to take 5 minutes in the morning to meditate to focus your mind before starting your day?

 

Sometimes there may be things you do not know how to change or even start. If you’ve never worked out before, how do you know how to create a sustainable workout program for yourself? And if you’ve been working out forever and still seeing no results, how know to achieve your fitness goals?

 

It’s okay to admit you might need help. The important thing is to realize that even though you may have to make a monetary investment to learn what you do not know, you will get that money back from the results you achieve and the money you save in future medical costs.

 

Therefore, instead of just thinking “I’m going to lose 20 pounds”, I want you to think about who you need to BECOME to achieve these goals. If you can’t accept change, you will never reach your big goals. With big goals comes big change.

 

We must accept change by addressing our weaknesses and acknowledging we must take steps to learn and grow. You are NOT weak in acknowledging these things. Conversely, you are STRONG for being self-aware and willing to progress yourself to be better. 

 

So I ask you today – who do you need to become to reach your goals?

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Intuitive Eating: Part III

A little while ago, I started a blog series about Intuitive Eating, a book written by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. This book literally changed my life and changed my outlook on food, health, and self-love. If you would like to revisit two of my previous posts on intuitive eating, you can find them here and here!

Looking back, Intuitive Eating teaches 10 simple principles:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality
  2. Honor your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Respect Your Fullness
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Honor Your Feelings without Using Food
  8. Respect your Body
  9. Exercise – Feel the Difference
  10. Honor your Health

During today’s post, we will discuss step 4, Challenging the Food Police. 

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My Story & the Lack of Authenticity in the Fitness Industry

I first got heavily interested in weightlifting back in college for the sole purpose of attaining the “perfect physique.” I watched probably hundreds of Youtube videos on a myriad of different exercises just so I could feel more confident going to the gym alone and navigating the men-dominated weight room. I would practice exercises at home and even film myself to check my mobility in different areas. I loved the way weightlifting made me look and feel. Unfortunately, this was also at a time when I struggled tremendously with my self-esteem.

As a college girl, it was hard for me to mentally live up to the type of pressure to be physically beautiful. College for me focused a lot on the superficial. What was everyone going to wear to that party? Do I need to get a new outfit before I go out tonight? That girl has so much expensive makeup – maybe I should get that same kind too? That girl looks really in shape – maybe I should do what she does to work out? I developed disordered eating patterns and even binge-eating disorder that lasted for almost 5 years.

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Intuitive Eating: Part II

Last week I discussed what intuitive eating is and how to become more mindful of your eating patterns. This post will summarize the first 3 principles of the main 10 principles of intuitive eating from the book, Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole and how they can lead you to making more intuitive eating choices of your own.

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The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating

From the book, Intuitive Eating, 10 principles are established and addressed. They are:

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality.
  2. Honor your Hunger
  3. Make Peace with Food
  4. Challenge the Food Police
  5. Respect your Fullness
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
  7. Honor Your Feelings without Using Food
  8. Respect your Body
  9. Exercise – Feel the Difference
  10. Honor your Health

In today’s post, I will discuss the first 3 principles.

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