It’s been a little over 1 week since I last wrote. It’s also been 3 weeks into New Year’s Resolution season and I am beginning to see the typical crumble and cracking of those once exciting commitments to change. It’s normal. It’s the human condition. I think what’s hard for me to witness as Nutritionist/Fitness Expert and all-around Professional Motivator is the disappointment. Not my disappointment. I’m speaking of the cycle of change and the normal phase of stumbling and frustration that happens as we set goals and attempt to achieve them. We experience barriers. That’s when I witness people’s disappointment. Again, normal. It’s how we react to the disappointment that determines whether or not we stick with our commitment to change. We can either get stuck in it or we can whine about it for a little bit and then let it go and try again. I vote for reaction #2. Allow yourself 1 Whine per day. Then, stop whining and keep trying.
Try with those really small steps every single day. Trust me, they do lead to change.
Change Your Mind, Change Your Body
As a Therapist, Nutritionist and Fitness Professional, I often get asked why it’s so hard to stick with making healthier choices both in food and fitness. Seems like we can all manage the new behaviors for the short term, right? It’s the long term change that seems so elusive. Between now and February 9th, I’d like to share some tips/tools/encouragement/support as you embark on 2013 and the hopeful changes you have planned.
Tip#1: attitude is everything – which is what this photo is all about. If you go into lifestyle change without first getting ready to make change, you are most likely going to fail. What does it mean to get ready? Ok – this is another thing I see often as I work with people’s change process. They know where they are now and where they want to be, but really have no specific idea of how to get there. And, I do mean specific idea. They have vague generalities. For example: I want to lose 20 lbs in 4 months. Great! The plan: eat less, exercise more or don’t eat carbs….something like that. Not bad – but, what do you do with each and every moment of each and every day between now and the 4 months from now? That’s where I see people slip, slide and fall. For example, what do you do when 1. You didn’t get the grocery store that week? 2. kids are home sick? 3. work deadlines? 4. going out to eat with friends? 5. you just don’t feel like trying any more? etc, etc, etc. These are the specifics, the details of our daily lives that derail us from eating well and exercising every single day = consistency = success!
So, I leave you with getting ready – really ready to make these fantastic changes you want to see. And, keep me posted!
Nutrition: Eat Simply
So many times we make eating well complicated when in reality it’s quite simple. We choose to make it hard by imposing so many rules: what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat. As you think about making changes to your Nutrition Plan, start with the basics and focus on what you can improve upon, not what you “can’t eat”.
Hello b’fitters! Leah here and it’s my first blog of 2013 and I’m sooo excited to be a part of your health and wellness team. I know I can help. Why? Well, I’m not the conceited type by any stretch of the imagination. I’m just old enough and have been doing this long enough to feel confident enough to say that I know.
First blog of 2013 – we are kicking off our Nutrition/Diet Challenge. So, if you are not near us geographically, join us anyway and see how much you will change for the better!
First step? We need baseline data.
Time to get on that scale: 1. get your body weight
Take measurements of circumference for: 1. chest, waist, hips, thigh
Get Percent Body Fat is you have access to doing this measurement.
If you are in Fort Collins – I will take these measurements for you the week on January 7 – through Saturday 12th. If you are one of our CrossFit Athletes – We will gather this data on Saturday January 12th at our 124 Racquette location during our Open House.
Then what? Details to follow – but we will be providing Nutrition Guidance for this month – support and cheerleading to help you stick with these new eating behaviors. We will take measurements again on February 9th. Whoever demonstrates the biggest change in body will WIN a 10 class pack to Camp Fit classes or a 1 Month Unlimited Membership to our CrossFit program.
Nutrition/Diet Ideas? Think Simple, Clean, Paleo-like….
Ready , Set, Go!