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This is the type of article I would have skimmed over a few years ago. Back then I just wanted to figure out the secrets of how to get some abs all year long! That sounds ridiculously superficial when I say it, but alas it is true.
At the point I am describing, I was many years into my journey of body change. I had lost weight, gained a little, lost a lot more, gotten to my leanest and felt happy, sad, unfulfilled, satisfied and frustrated along the way. I remember thinking that all the other crap about body acceptance was cool, I understood where it was coming from and I was grateful for all my body did for me.
When I ate according to the rules I had made for myself, that was tied to feelings of happiness, value and worthiness. When I ate any way other than ‘how to eat for fat loss’ I was mindless, suppressed the guilt I felt and I now can see how it affected how I thought of myself.
Wow. Even today I am just realizing how much I thought I would be a better trainer, girlfriend and overall fit person if I looked a certain way.
I remember one day I was walking (of course, this is when all my brilliant ideas happen! Haha!) and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
This was the point I knew I had to start writing about my experiences. I had a unique point of view. I had been there, I could be compassionate with my clients, I could help them not only learn to ‘eat for fat loss’ but to love themselves through the process!
I had experienced fat loss without the mindset shift, and it was fleeting and unfulfilling. It was not a lifestyle change at that point for me. When I practiced the tools listed below I found fat loss, consistency and felt great.
So how do we even start this seemingly impossible process?
There are a few ways in which to practice body gratitude daily. I like to do this before I go to bed at night. When I close my eyes and think of all the people I am thankful for in my life, I add in a thought of gratitude for my body. Whether it is making it through another day, helping me move or being thankful for my strength I focus on one aspect of what my body CAN and DOES do for me daily.
You know what this feels like – I have to go for a run or else I will….gain weight, not fit into my pants etc. The issue lies in us believing that guilt is a useful tool for motivation. IT IS NOT. AT ALL. Ok maybe in the extreme short term, but that is it!
The most consistent exercisers approach movement as self-care, enjoyment and do it for how it makes us feel. If we know that consistency is key for long term results, start adopting some feel-good motivational tools to help get you started.
Want a peaceful relationship with food, exercise and your body? That will be tough to create when the only messages you send yourself are negative and all about how you have to change.
Thoughts are habits just like searching in the cupboards after dinner. In order to change our thoughts, we know that suppression does not work. Kelly McGonigal of Stanford University writes about this in her book The Willpower Instinct. When we try to stop the negative self-talk by suppressing it, the words come up again and again. The best way to change how you talk to yourself is to let the negative thoughts come up and actively choose a different way of thinking.
Consider a thought like this ‘I hate my legs, they look huge/fat/whatever’ and change it to ‘My legs are the key to movement, I love the strength they provide me.’ You may think it sounds silly, but this is the first step to believing in yourself.
The balance of learning how to eat for fat loss and body change is still a worthwhile endeavour! But it is clearly not the only aspect of lasting change. This is why we approach lifestyle change from a holistic perspective in my inner circle of women – The Blast Fitness Lifestyle Club. You can sign up for the waiting list HERE to be the first to hear about openings and specials.
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