I am not a believer in “silver bullets.” You know, those one or two little secrets that will solve all of your problems and get you to where you want to be. I don’t believe in any “one best” fitness solution either. Achieving fitness goals takes hard work over the course of time. And reaching your fitness goals means finding your own personal way to success. That’s what makes fitness goals feel and be elusive. Many of those (myself included) want it to be simple and direct. A fitness journey is anything but that.
“Tell me exactly what to do and I will do it.”
This is a frequent mantra of those beginning a fitness journey or stuck somewhere in the middle. Frustrations and insecurities run high in these moments, blocking us from our solutions. We are all individuals and nowhere in life is that more true than in our fitness journeys, especially if weight loss is the goal.
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Work your resistance
The only thing that I have found to work when creating change is to identify what you are resisting and work to remove that resistance. A frequent point of contention in weight loss is to resist giving up your favorite comfort foods or say “no way” to planning healthy meals during the week.
It is indeed difficult for many to give up points of pleasure in life – like having your favorite comfort (and likely unhealthy) meal after a tough day or week. It seems easier to “stuff” your stress away with food than to deal with what is causing you stress. And it is hard in the midst of a busy life to adjust priorities so you have time to plan and shop for healthy foods. Despise exercise? No way will you find yourself in the gym, right?
That which we resist usually points to the path to our success. It is where the action is for us.
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Become an observer
Resistance is our ego’s way of keeping us safe – safe from failure. Changing lifestyles means disrupting a pattern that has become comfortable. And the ego keeps you from venturing too far into unknown territory.
If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, then ask yourself where is your resistance. And then watch (as objectively as possible) to your reaction. Listen to that little voice in your head that whispers its commentary about your life. The truth will likely reveal itself in layers. Practice patience to let the story unfold before jumping in with a solution. Resistance offers up opportunity to change.
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I learned a fantastic saying during my studies to become a life coach. “Don’t be furious; be curious.” Weight loss is a journey filled with ups and downs. And when we are down, it is very easy to get down on ourselves, to tell ourselves we are a failure. We get furious with ourselves and the lack of our ability to stay on track.
The ego likes to hear things like this. After all, it means change is less likely to happen!
Instead of being furious, get curious about why you eat the way you do. Ask yourself what you might be resisting. Why do you believe you don’t enjoy exercise? What is it about exercise that makes you uneasy? Why is it so difficult to prioritize taking care of yourself?
Being curious stimulates a different way of thinking – a way that engages our creativity and our ability to see opportunity for change.
Gail, Strand Fitness client, exercises regularly to keep the weight off!
Have you ever thought about what commitment means? I found an interesting definition on Vocabulary.com
Making a commitment involves dedicating yourself to something, like a person or a cause. Before you make a commitment, think carefully. A commitment obligates you to do something.
The site goes on to say that commitment is “act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.”
I think this is where the proverbial “rubber hits the road” and why many people are unsuccessful in their weight loss journeys. If you commit, you have to do something. Losing weight and keeping it off means “binding” yourself to a new course of action. Weight loss requires a path that means taking better care of yourself, making tough choices to change a comfortable routine, creating new beliefs about yourself, spending your time and money differently, and interacting in a new way with your world and those in it.
It is not easy to be committed to making changes in your lifestyle. Only you can decide if the commitment to do what it takes to lose weight and keep it off is worth it. That, my friend, is your silver bullet.
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