"The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together." - Kurdish Saying
As we continue into week three of the 6-week challenge, my hope for all of you is that you are finding awareness. The first step to changing habits is opening your eyes and taking a long hard look at which behaviors are ultimately sabotaging you. We tend to turn a blind eye to these behaviors so as to avoid feeling guilty. That guilty feeling can sometimes be the red flag you need to stop a bad behavior. Does this make you a terrible person? No. We all do it. No need to beat yourself up. Just open those eyes. Become aware of those naughty little things you’ve been doing and work toward decreasing how frequently you do them in the future. Just remember first comes awareness, then comes change.
One of the ways we can gain awareness related to our nutrition is by tracking our food and measuring our bodies. If you plug everything you eat (and yes I even mean those five m&ms you snagged from a coworkers desk) you will get a clear and often surprising look at what you’ve been putting into your body. Who knew that latte was over 300 calories?! Can you believe the healthy nuts you’ve been snacking on could blow your fat intake in one sitting? And do all soups have that much damn sodium??
Yes, going to get your InBody results (weight, body fat, lean muscle mass etc) can be scary, but you need to understand where you are to get where you want to be. Don’t be afraid of that body fat %! It’s one of the few things in life you can actually control!
To make the change you have to take an honest look. This information is power.
For some people, however, tracking can become obsessive and mentally detrimental. Those who have struggled with an eating disorder (or who still struggle) can experience a mental set-back with obsessively tracking and weighing. I know this from personal experience as I’ve over come a 15+ year-long eating disorder myself. It took therapy and rebuilding my heart and mind to be able to get to the point of being able to look at those numbers objectively. To realize that those numbers don't determine my value.
Tracking is not a one-size-fits-all method and only you can determine if it’s a healthy habit or if it messes with your emotions.
I tasked my famous eight to tell me how they felt about tracking their nutrition and bodies. Was it something they felt supported them or was it something that threw them off? See what they had to say in the videos below.
Pat "PD" Duran
Allyson "The Sheriff" Evans
Shari "MF" Lewis
So as you can see, everyone is different when it comes to tracking progress. Finding that balance for yourself is key to your success. If you are being tortured by the scale, take a break from it or see if there are other ways to monitor progress in a gentler way (seeing how clothing fits etc). See if you can reflect and determine why it has such power over you. I would highly encourage talking with a therapist as well. That is how I got to the root of my own issues. If you aren't finding any issues with tracking and weighing, keep it up! It can be a great tool to keep you on pace with your goals. There is no right or wrong way. Find what works for you, and just keep moving forward.
Until next week...see you in the Boom Room!
Don't forget we have our "Mid-Challenge Check-in" on Oct. 7th, 10:30a. If you need support and motivation, or just want to connect with other BOOMers doing this challenge please join us!
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