I believe that real change starts on the inside and works its way out. It’s nearly impossible to hold onto to any change on the outside (i.e., fat or weight loss) if you haven’t addressed what’s going on inside. A lot of our actions, or lack thereof, start with what we tell ourselves.
Ready to rewrite the story you’ve been telling yourself about your nutrition and health? Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Practice positive self-talk. Remember Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. You eventually believe everything you tell yourself, make sure it’s something good. Tell yourself that you can do it, instead of the opposite.
- Stop feeling guilty and stop beating yourself up. Think about it. What good has that done? Did you eat pizza instead of chicken and broccoli? Learn to move on. Don’t dwell or feel bad. Your next chance to eat better is your next meal.
- What you eat doesn’t determine the kind of person you are. You aren’t bad if you eat a brownie and you aren’t good if you eat chicken.
- Strive to eat “pretty good” instead of perfect. That’s right. When we chase perfect we end up starting over, and over and over. So what is pretty good? It’s choosing about 80 – 85% of your meals to be aligned with your health goals, and the other 15 – 20% are whatever you want. Strive to eat pretty good consistently – it beats perfect every now and then.
- This last one I hear way more often than I’d like! Are you telling yourself that you feel bad or can’t do things because you are getting older? Do not go down like that! Just because you are getting older does not mean that you have to feel bad. What you eat plays a huge role in how you feel. And it is never too late to start a fitness program!
Renah Jones is the owner of Dragonfly Fitness and is a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certified Coach. Renah is one of a few Level 2 Precision Nutrition Certified professionals in Missouri and has followed the system for more than ten years. She loves showing clients a sane and simple approach to nutrition that also addresses other aspects of life and how that affects our habits.