Do you continue to ask: “How can I get my body to change?” Check with Catherine Nunez (see the Before and After below). She changed her inquiry from a mystery requiring Holmesian skills of observation and deduction to a problem that could be addressed by taking action and responding intelligently to the feedback.
Catherine will be the first to tell you that she didn’t embrace all of our coaching with open arms. After all, she was a victim of the paradigms and the messages that may have fooled you. You know, the stuff like…
fat is bad for you; eat “healthy” whole grains for fiber and vitamins; eat fewer calories and exercise harder; get your colon flushed; try the latest diet pill; get on the elliptical for hours; and on and on.
She didn’t like all of the exercises we gave her to do but we obviously walk our talk and that was good enough for her. She had some false starts but listened when we told her that she didn’t have to deprive herself of food as long as the food she ate was high quality and lower in carbs than she had been used to. She paid attention when we told her about how chronic stress would cause fat to be stored instead of used for energy. I think she even tried my Breakfast of Champions – coffee with coconut oil.
She didn’t use beer as a sports drink. She realized that Tequila with seltzer and lime could accomplish the same thing as a sugary mixed drink without the hormonal, fat-storing consequences. She made notes at our nutrition seminar about the problems with gluten. She believed us when we said that cooking at home vs. eating out would save her not only money but cut down on fat accumulation.
She didn’t miss workouts. She figured out that our job was to provide guidance, coaching, and to serve as companions on the path instead coercive drill sergeants whose only goal was to leave our charges in piles of vomit and sweat.
When it comes to your fitness, do you have more of a need for information, for structure, or both? Figure that out as you set your goals. Do you put the same effort into recovery (e.g., sleep, meditation, hydration, stretching) as you do into your workout? Are you prepared to shift paradigms and avoid living the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
Congratulations to Catherine. Keep it up.
BTW, we’re here for you, too.
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