5 Things I wish I Knew when Starting my Weight loss Journey
Week 2 – It’s Not Easy
For a long time I was searching for a quick fix, instead of just embracing the challenge of a true lifestyle change.
It is hard.
It takes commitment.
It takes discipline and hard work.
And I did have to step out of my comfort zone.
But once I accepted all this, I grew as a person.
I’ll be candid with you, I tried every quick fix. All the fat burners, pyramid scheme supplement stacks, fat loss challenges, fasting, ultra low carb… you name it, I did it.
Because they all promised me a quick result and that’s what I wanted, instant gratification. But that’s not how lasting results are created and I’m grateful that I learned the hard way, because now I can guide people along this winding path to real change.
And to make real change you must be willing to do the work.
I am not talking about constant calorie restriction and eliminating all the foods you love. That is just another diet.
I am talking about physical and mental work that goes into real change.
- Regular exercise (but you Madlabbers got that covered)
- Planning and prepping nutritious meals and snacks
- Changing your environment to support your goals
- Staying hydrated
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day
- Have lean protein with every meal
- Eating appropriate portion sizes
- Understanding your cravings and what triggers them
- Changing your language and stories about your relationship with food and your body
- Vision casting and figuring out what you truly want for yourself
- Then creating new identities and letting go of the old one
- Letting go of resentments and practicing daily gratitude
- Breathwork, meditation and other methods to reduce stress
I have heard Nutrition Coaching described as the Trojan Horse of personal development and I agree. We cannot ignore the mental work that goes into making a real change in any areas of life.
It can be super uncomfortable. It can be difficult to talk about why you want to change. It can be a challenge to let go of the things we thought we knew about ourselves, our families and our lives. But once we get clarity on who we really are and where we are going and why we need to get there, the physical work becomes so much easier.
Anyone can follow a meal plan or count macros for a period.
It takes courage to be vulnerable and share your self-doubt, anxiety and fears with someone.
“Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy,” Brené Brown.
So, to my current Nutrition clients – thank you for your courage and for taking a risk and being vulnerable with me as a new coach.
And to my future Nutrition clients – I promise to maintain a brave space for you to make those mental and physical changes in your life.
Email me to get started today – firstname.lastname@example.org