Making change is as much, if not more, an emotional and psychological battle than a physical one. Changing how we relate to food is not just about controlling appetites and eating less. It's understanding the behaviors that have led us to where we are. Being super strict with our eating and super critical of our behavior might lead to weight loss. It also might lead to a life of misery and self-loathing.
So, why do we only look at the number on the scale, the inches on the tape measure, the time of our workout or the weight on the bar when we evaluate our health & fitness goals? Our online nutrition & lifestyle program asks a couple of important questions along with your numbers.
The first is "Considering your specific goals, what other progress indicators do you want to track?" Objective measurements are important but so are the subjective ones that only you can determine and judge. Are you happier? Are you more connected to the people you care about? Do you spend more time playing with your kids? Are you less likely to argue with your significant other? Are you taking time everyday to take care of you? These are the real indicators of progress and WAY more important than the number on the scale.
The second question is "Did my behavior this week lead to progress toward my goals?" Here's the cool thing: there is no right or wrong answer. If it's a yes, great. If it's mostly, great. If it's no but I know how to get back on track, great. If it's no, I'm completely lost and need help, great.
It would be easy to view that last choice as a failure. But, in fact, it's extremely useful. It allows a conversation between me and my client about whether the indicator she picked is really something that matters to her and how we can work together to better understand what healthy means to her. This process reveals so much about how we view ourselves and what we truly want our health and fitness to look and feel like. Too often, we allow others space in our heads to dictate what we think we want. By stripping those other voices away, we come to the true meaning of health -- a positive self-image built with confidence and love.
To learn more about our online nutrition and lifestyle coaching program go here or email me. We'll be adding a physical training (a.k.a. an assigned workout of the day) to the program in the coming weeks, so it will be a fully inclusive health & fitness program.