I honestly can’t say enough on this….. Because it’s just not the same trying to do it on your own. Coaches give encouragement and support. They provide reason, sanity, and a sounding board. They educate you and give you experience and knowledge. They will be the objective eye when you are plagued with all sorts of self-doubt and nonsense talk. If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about! And for me - one of the most important things: 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮. All those things I mentioned are invaluable no matter where you are in your fitness journey.
Once I started actually TRACKING my food, was when I truly realized I was just NOT eating ENOUGH food for what my body needed. Sure, sometimes all it will take is swapping out more fruits, veggies and whole food to see progress and change. But sometimes that isn’t enough. You need to be 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚 and be 𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 on what is going in your mouth. Also nuts, seeds, nut butters and oils are EXTREMELY calorie dense! So if you are grabbing multiple handfuls of nuts/seeds, scooping out massive spoonfuls of nut butter, and drizzling oil all over the pan and in your food thinking it’s “healthy”, try measuring it once and be shocked at how much you are TRULY consuming. And don’t get me started on the habit of ordering a salad because it’s “healthy” - but eating it with all the cheese, dried fruit, candied nuts and calorie dense dressing. You might as well get a burger! So just because you eat “clean and healthy”, is not a guarantee that you’re going to lose weight. Who else has fallen to this false misconception? It’s ok....you’re in good company. I hear this all the time. And it was me at one time in my life too and that is when I began Reversing myself to repair my metabolism & really work on increasing my BMR. If this is you...and you currently do not weigh or track your food, I highly encourage you to do so. It will be an eye opening experience!
𝙌𝙐𝙀𝙎𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎: ➊ Am I taking little BLTs (bites, licks, tastes)? These seemingly harmless intake of food can easily be enough to NOT see progress. ➋ Am I snacking mindlessly? Going into the pantry and grabbing something just because it looks good, but you’re really not hungry? ➌ Am I eating off other’s plates? PARENTS! Do not be the human garbage disposal....This is a BIG one that you need to stop. Feeling guilty that it’s going to waste is doing nothing for you. Just simply throw it out. ➍ Am I being careless on the weekends, letting loose or saying “I deserve this”? Food should not be treated as a reward. And remember, 5 days out of 7 is barely passing grade. Don’t do “C” work if you want “A” results.
Most important part is to find balance, this isn't an “all” or “none” I used to do all those things! I have been there! But what a difference I saw once I put an end to them. No one expects perfection. 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 is what will yield long lasting results. However sometimes we need to look at our daily habits to see if there are opportunities for improvement. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙚?