I Found Maintenance And So Much More

Maintenance

For the last year I have been in a coaching program with Precision Nutrition. We officially close up the year on July 4th. I can’t believe it’s almost over. It has been such an amazing year of challenges and self-discovery. So, I wanted to take some time and share my experience with Precision Nutrition and all the things I have learned. To say this year has been a life-changer would be an understatement.

Let’s start at the beginning. I entered the program with the primary motivation to learn more about habits-based coaching from a client’s perspective and to improve as a coach. I also didn’t mind the idea of shedding some fat as well. Come to find out, it was ME who needed this more than anything.

When I started the program last summer I was placed on a team of 100+ women under the care of one spectacular coach and a few well-seasoned mentors. We could communicate through email, private team Facebook group, video chat, etc. What I loved was that there were always great boundaries all around. I could reach out to anyone I wanted as often as I wanted. It was up to me to take the step and whenever I stepped there was always someone there waiting to help out. I took advantage of private emails with our coach a few times and when I needed some extra loving I scheduled some Google Hangouts with her. Most of the time I communicated with my team through our Facebook page. There was always someone willing to offer ideas, accountability, and support over there.

We were assigned a new habit to focus on about every two weeks. These habits are meant to build on each other. The habits were seemingly simple but profound enough to require thought and effort. When working on habits it was like working around a stove. The newly assigned habit was to be brought to the front of the stove and allowed to boil. Then keep it boiling for the duration of the two weeks. That is your focus for that time. However, we don’t forget the previous habits. We just put those on a simmer at the back of the stove. All the habits are always cooking away but just at various levels of rumble.

Let me take a bit of a side trail and say that a big part of this program that I loved was that we had complete ownership of the program. It was all about discovering what worked and what did not work for MY body. Like I said not too long ago, the boundaries were excellent. No foods were said to be good or bad. Nothing was forbidden. You just figure out what works for you. For example, I can tolerate gluten well but not dairy. So I avoid many dairy products for the sake of my stomach. I have teammates who can tolerate everything and that works for them. There was no avoidance of entire food groups unless it was your choice. Everything was left up to you. Boundaries.

There were weekly assigned workouts but even those were our choice. You could follow the assigned workouts or you could follow your own program. What mattered was that you were moving and challenging your body in ways that you enjoyed. I chose to follow the assigned workouts because I wanted to take advantage of the full program. I would veer off on occassion but for the most part I followed the program.

You can learn more about the Precision Nutrition coaching program by going to their website. In fact they are going to be opening the program up again for another round of clients very soon. Here is a blog post that answers the 37 most commonly asked questions about coaching. You can also go to their Facebook page or even private message me. My main point write was to talk about what I gained from the whole thing.

I went into coaching wanting to be a better coach and maybe even lose 20 pounds. Guess what happened? I lost about five pounds. Yep, five. And I danced around those five pounds for almost a  year. Up a little and down a little.  But I stayed at those five pounds for the most part. I also lost quite a few inches overall so there was definitely a recomposition.

There were plenty of times I was disappointed about not losing more weight. Yes, I know. We are not a number. I should follow other progress indicators. I know. I say the same exact thing all the time. But, I also very much a human. I fall down and I get back up. It is hard to completely eliminate almost 20 years of a dieting/gaining cycle. I have been either actively gaining weight and hating myself for it or actively trying to lose the weight and hating my life for it.

For almost a  year I have stayed within five pounds. While knowing about my past let that sink in for a little bit. At first my thought process was that was just one of those who will always be gaining unless I am severely restricting my calories. Balance is obtainable but not for me. Or at least that was my thought process. I had no idea that my thoughts were so disordered as I entered coaching. I had already made a lot of progrress but come to find out that I had a loooooong way to go.

It took almost a year (yes, I am pretty stubborn at times) for me to clear the air and see that while I was busy seeking one thing I was finding a completely different thing.

What did I find?

I found MAINTENANCE.

Did the fact that I stayed around that same 5 pounds for close to year sink in yet? Yep, I maintained the same five pounds for close to a year. I did this while exercizing in the ways I enjoy. I did this without counting calories or macronutrients. I maintained while eating what I enjoy and what my body performed the best on. I didn’t restrict what or how much I ate.

Maintenance for me means finally finding balance. I eat when I want. I eat what I want based on what my body needs and wants. I eat until I am satisfied, not too full and not too hungry. I am rarely “hangry” (angry due to hunger) because I am satisfied most of the time. I eat what brings me joy and I move in ways that brings me joy. None of this is a chore nor do I ever resent my food or activity.

Maintenance means to be content. I am happy. It means living sustainably. I can live like this for the rest of my life. Even if I never lose a nother pound I am very happy, healthy, and active.

Maybe I will lose pounds in the future but I don’t really care anymore. Enjoying food and movement is the most important thing. It is no longer a number on a little box in my bathroom. I am not obsessed with my shape and I am not ashamed of my body anymore. I will eat the food and move my body.

Eating and exercise are not my life anymore. Eating and exercise are part of my  life now.

They keep me alive so I can live my full life.
MAINTENANCE = FREEDOM

 

BLESSINGS!!

 

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I Found Maintenance And So Much More

As You Start Your Fitness Journey: A Letter to Me


A Letter to Me

Dear Me (As you start your fitness journey),

Hey! Believe it or not, but this is YOU from the future!! Crazy, huh?! It is about five years into the future and I have so much to tell you about what’s coming up for you. I have learned so much over the last five years and just wish I could come back and share in your victories and help you through the failures.

You are in such a lovely time right now. Your son is 3 and full of so much love of life and discovery. Your love for him and your husband is so intense that in many ways you have lost yourself in your efforts to give all of YOU to them. Don’t worry. They love you too and they know how much you love them.

I see what has happened too. I see you looking in the mirror wondering where you went. Your newly-wed body is long gone and you feel frumpy and dumpy. You did lose that baby weight but ever so slowly it has crept back on over the last three years. How in the world did that happen?! I will tell you. You loved others so hard that you forgot to love yourself. You forgot to remember that YOU matter too and YOU deserve to take care of yourself.

I see that twinkle in your eye right now. You know it is time to do something about this. You can’t keep going down this path. You need to eat better and exercise for no other reason than to be there for your family. Don’t let that spark go, Honey. That mustard seed of a spark is going to take you on a very exciting journey. Trust me.

I was looking at your half-marathon medals the other day. I still have them and I pull them out every so often and smile. Did you know you ran two half-marathons? Well, you did. They weren’t fast by any means but you finished and you finished with a smile on your face. That sense of accomplishment is impossible to beat. You trained in the rain. You trained in the heat. You sprained your ankle and walked 3 miles home because you were too stubborn to call for a ride back. You even ran twelve miles on a treadmill one Saturday while your family played so you could fulfill this dream. I also distinctly remember how one race had you run right past the cemetery where Mom is buried and you shed a few tears. That same race your right thigh for whatever reason had a searing pain shoot up every time your foot hit the ground but that same race had you run past many churches and you could hear the people worshiping inside. You ran two half-marathons. Remember that.

As you are considering this journey you are about to embark on you are going to make some mistakes that only time makes clear. Do you mind if I share some wisdom with you? This wisdom is hard earned because I have climbed those mountains and I have fallen in those ditches.

Your desire for knowledge is going to be insatiable pretty soon. That is just how we work. When a spark is lit there is no stopping your desire for more information. You will spend countless hours online reading articles and who knows how much money on fitness magazines. Learning is such a wonderful thing. But, if I could go back in time I would tell you to be more discerning about where you get your knowledge. At the time you just did not know how to discern healthy information and unhealthy information. You did not know that many of the articles you are reading now are going to push down the rabbit hole of disordered eating.

Let me tell you right now that extreme measures are not the answer to weight loss or even that athletic body you no so desperately desire. Giving up entire food groups will not give you abs or cut muscles. All it will do is make you crave those foods even more and ultimately lead to binges that then leave you feeling guilty and worthless.

Those pictures that you see posted on Pinterest and Facebook all the time are not reality. You know the ones you put on YOUR FB feed for everyone else to see. Yeah, the ones with the perfectly cut girls and the phrases that say “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” or “#noexcuses”. I will go ahead and apologize to your friends now for flooding their newsfeed with that crap. It is okay. You didn’t know.

I KNOW it isn’t glamorous to talk about moderation and habits right now because you are diving into this head first. You have NO EXCUSES. You WILL have that bikini body you saw in the magazine. When you have a slip up that just means you are weak and you will diet harder, or paleo harder, or vegan harder, or exercise harder. It is all your fault and has nothing to do with the misinformation you are being fed.

Just take it from a girl who has been in those trenches and has climbed out of them. Moderation and following healthy habits really are the answer. The slow and steady route really is the way to do it. And guess what? Moderation does not mean eating ALL the cookies. It means eating a cookie here and there knowing that they won’t kill you. Vegetables make you feel better but cookies baked with your son sure do taste delicious. Memories are so much more important than worrying about extra calories.

You know what? I could go on and and on and on about how to eat and how to exercise and how to truly find balance in it all. I could keep going on about how to wade the crazy waves of life that are going to happen soon. Put your seat belt on, Honey. It is about to get pretty crazy for a few years.

There is something that is much more important than all that. When it is all said and done it all boils down to the FACT that you are WORTH IT.

You are beautiful just the way are.

I know.

I KNOW.

You don’t believe it. I remember. I could jump through the portal of time and shake you and shake you but you won’t believe it. I guess this is one of those things you just need to learn on your own. Just know that learning to love yourself like God loves you will save you so much heartache over the next five years. It will protect you from all the deceptive things you will hear, follow, quit, and hate yourself over. It will save you a lot of time.

Not only that. Your husband and your son deserve a Wife and Mom who loves herself.

Let me tell you a little secret. That body you are dreaming about right now? Yeah, that body never happens. WHAT?! You put in all that work and you never ever look like the girl in the magazine? Nope. You look better because you look like you. Once you learn to love YOUR body you realize all the awesomeness that is contained in that body. Five years later you really don’t weigh that much less than you do right now as you stare in that mirror. But, you are two sizes smaller and far more muscular. Your clothes fit better and you can do far more fun things. You feel better all around and the future is very bright.

Five years in the future your passion has grown to be a strong desire to lift women up so that they too can love themselves enough to do what’s best for THEM and not fall victim to society. But, I guess the first thing I should do is write myself. I sure do hope the letter finds you well.

Sssssshhhhh. Please don’t cry. YOU CAN DO THIS!

YOU

ARE

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

I LOVE YOU!

But, remember that God LOVES you more.

Love,

 

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As You Start Your Fitness Journey: A Letter to Me

Go Deeper than Feeling Fat

Go deeper

I saw a video the other day of a girl and how she came to accept her body. I loved what she said. “Fat is not a feeling. There is not such thing as feeling fat. So, when I feel fat, I know that means I am feeling something else and it is worth figuring out what that is. ”

Here is the video if you would like to watch it here. It is worth the 3.5 minutes.

Wow….that is powerful.

Fat is not a state of being or a feeling.

Fat is a substance that is within our bodies. And if we had zero fat we would be dead.

So, yes, there is no such thing as feeling fat. When we “feel fat” it is most likely emotion from somewhere else. It is through the programming over all the years that we translate those feelings into “feeling fat.” We want to avoid negative feelings from wherever they may come so we turn those feelings into something else. Ironically, we turn those feelings into something that is negative too. And then when we feel fat we feel prompted to fix that feeling. I guess in a way “feeling fat” is something we feel like we can fix by way of dieting. We feel somewhat in control because we know that we can control what we eat and how we exercise. The harsh reality, however, is that we end up only making it worse and only perpetuating the problem. We try to fix the problem of “Feeling fat” by only going further and further down the rabbit hole of dieting and exercising harder.  We create a cycle that only gets worse and worse.

What if we listened to ourselves?  Whenever we hear ourselves saying or thinking, “I feel fat,” we tune into that and say, “NO! I don’t and can’t feel fat. What else is it that I am feeling right now?” Once we notice our thoughts we then force ourselves to sit and feel, truly feel. Acknowledge the feelings and the emotions and name them. Be honest with ourselves. “I feel sad.” “I feel anxious.” “I feel depressed.” “I feel unsure.” “I feel afraid.” These are not comfortable emotions and it is not fun. But, if we allow ourselves to feel it all we can be more in tune with our bodies and our souls. We can understand ourselves. We know where the true problem lies and the reason for “feeling fat.” We can learn why we are diverting these emotions to our bodies and then taking our angst out on our bodies. Our bodies are good and need care. There is no reason to take everything out on the body.

It is okay to feel and to feel fully.

Sit down. Take a deep breath.

For ten minutes, allow yourself to feel completely. Name those feelings for what they are…..fear, anxiety, panic, sadness, confusion, depression, uncertainty, etc. You don’t have to have a solution but just allowing yourself to feel what you are feeling is important to loving your body and being who you truly are.

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Go Deeper than Feeling Fat

Fighting For Change

Fighting For Change

I am sitting here pondering how I have evolved over the years in my journey to health and into the fitness and nutrition industry.  Honestly, I don’t always recognize myself when I compare myself from way back then to now.

Just a few short years ago, I was all about heavy duty workouts and a very restrictive diet. I was so very passionate about everything I did.  I told everyone about it.  I told everyone that is how they should live too. *shudders* I had the answer to my and all their dieting woes.  Eat this way and exercise this way and you too can have your dream body.  It was very much a all-or-nothing philosophy.  THIS is the only way to live.  If you don’t follow this plan you will fail or you just don’t have what it takes to succeed.  (Note: It hurts to write this.)

Here’s the secret that I never told anyone.  I may have had all the answers but in reality I hated my body and I was totally miserable.  I sure did a good job covering up the truth.  I covered up the fact that I really didn’t enjoy my workouts.  I covered up the fact that I was constantly hungry and obsessed with numbers.  I covered up the fact that I would often binge in private .  It never really occurred to me that if I am eating in secret that there just might be a problem.  I covered up the fact that I often felt guilt and shame. I hated my body and I hated myself for hating my body.   I feared food.  I was depressed.

Honestly, I shudder and hang my head in shame when I think about everything I said and told people back then.  My all-or-nothing attitude on the outside coupled with my guilt and hatred on the inside made for a dichotomy that just couldn’t last for long.  I reached a level of depression I just don’t care to discuss right now.  You can read more here. God used that time to really break me and to, thankfully, build me back up to the point where I could learn something.

Fast forward to now.  I have learned so much.  Those of y’all who have stayed with me through this change have probably noticed a major flip.

God has taken me on quite a journey over the last year or so.  He has shown me how incredibly messed up my relationship with food and exercise had become.  He showed me the underbelly of eating disorders and disordered living.  Once I saw my own past for what it was, I was shown how incredibly common that way of living really was.  I saw how our society today just propagates it. At first I was angry with myself for wasting so much time on something so senseless and stupid and then I was angry with all the messages out there that just make it worse.  My previous zeal and passion from years past just switched over to going to battle with our society.  I was going to war.

And then God took me into his arms and said, “Peace. Be still.” There is a battle against the forces of self-hatred and disordered living.  There is no doubt that battle exists but God also said, “The Lord with fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14).

This battle is so much bigger than me and there is no way I can take it on by myself.  But, with God’s help I can fight the best fight.  I can fight against disordered eating. I can fight against poor body image.  I can fight against yo-yo dieting. There is just so much to fight against.

But, you know what else?

There is so much MORE to fight for…..

I can fight FOR a healthy relationship with food.

I can fight FOR knowing our bodies are amazing just the way they are.

I can fight FOR exercise that we love and movement for the sake of movement.

I can fight FOR healthy body image that we can pass down to our children.

I can fight FOR precious moments we don’t miss.

I can fight FOR a more balanced life.

I can fight FOR wanting to be IN the picture.

I can fight FOR feeling good in our clothes…..no matter the size.

I can fight for YOU.

 

Much LOVE!
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Fighting For Change

Not Feeling Very Inspired by Fitspo…

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Fitspo.

Have you ever heard of it?

It is the short name of those fitness inspiration pictures you see all over Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I’m sure you have seen them on your friend’s timeline or Pinterest boards under the category of “MOTIVATION!”

These pictures typically have a super lean girl lifting weights, running, eating a salad, or just staring into the camera with phrases like “Be stronger than your Excuses” or “Strong is the New Skinny.”

Oh, you know, pictures like this one….

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I used to be the girl who blew up everyone’s newsfeed with the fitspo images. Every so often I would hear someone say she didn’t like them because it made her feel bad and I would just ignore it thinking, “Oh, well, she’s just not serious. She just doesn’t want it bad enough. These images should do nothing but inspire!”

While I totally agree and believe that images and words can be used to motivate and inspire you and others (I do have a FB page after all), over the years I have come to really not like these images at all. I don’t use them anymore and stay away from them.

Let me explain why…

These images are supposed to motivate you to get up off the couch and go workout.  That’s cool.  I think we all need to get off the couch and move more.  But, how do these images attempt to fulfil this purpose?  They show you a super lean girl who is exercising and screams the message, “If you would just get off your lazy butt you could look like this too!”  Guilt and shaming are never a good method of motivating.  How about “Go out for a walk because it will make you feel better physically and emotionally”?

These pictures can also present impossible or even unhealthy standards.  Try this one on for size…

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Sure, I am an advocate of workout intensity but this is just too much. Perhaps if you feel like you will puke or faint your workout is too intense and you could be risking injury and burnout. Work up a sweat. Challenge yourself. Be safe and be smart!

Also, while many of these images advocate health the catchy phrases are often thrown across a girl with insanely low body fat %’s. There is a time and a place for a low fat % such as at a physique competition and even then the look the girl achieves is usually only there for one day. The same goes for the photo shoots these girls do. That girl on the poster that says “Skinny is not sexy. Healthy is.” was mostly likely that lean for one day for that photo shoot. That projects an impossible standard. And when I see these posters that try to say skinny is not the goal, I think “Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, then why is the girl who is supposed to inspire me to be healthy impossibly lean?” For example,

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I can look at these fitspo pictures and I can objectively assess what they are saying and walk away none worse for wear. But, guess what? I used to not be that way. I used to look at these pictures and these captions and I would judge my progress by what I saw. I would look at the picture and look in the mirror and think that I was not trying hard enough. I would diet harder and I would exercise harder. And then I would feel guilty because my body was not living up to the standard of some other girl’s body. Craziness. That was me then and I am completely different now. But, unfortunately, I have a feeling that more women than want to admit it are affected negatively by these images. And if it isn’t the women it is their daughters who have not learned how to truly love their bodies.

Here is where it got really ugly in my head in regards to these Fitspo pictures. As I’ve done research into these type of images I came across that fact that many of these images are actually thinly veiled Thinspiration. Have you ever heard of Thinspiration? Thinspiration is images that are passed around Eating Disorder communities, such as Anorexia and Bulimia, as sources of Motivation to stay the course in their disorder in order to stay thin at all costs. You are inspired to be thin. Thinspiration. It is evil and it is wicked.

Gah! Thinspiration sounds horrible. It is!! I wouldn’t look at real thinspiration as motivation. But, I would look at Fitspiration and sometimes I would be inspired and sometimes I would not. I would often feel guilty and “not good enough.” These images were becoming triggers for unhealthy thoughts.

I have heard it said, “fitspo may be thinspo in a sports bra.” While I will advocate for healthy exercise till the day I die, I also know that too much exercise can be just as harmful to your body as not eating enough food. Fitspo can be just as guilty in triggering unhealthy behaviors as thinspo.

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Lastly, there is no place for body shaming. Why do we have to float images around of what we consider to be the perfect body type. It is demeaning and deflating. Guess what? We are all different and we all have different bodies. No particular body is better than another because each body houses an eternal soul. There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve your body because you want to be healthy but, Lord knows, don’t try to improve your body because you think another body is better than yours.

We need to build each other up.

We need to inspire each other through our actions and our words.

We need to pursue health and performance.

We need to get out there an enjoy life and being the people we were created to be.

And…

We don’t need a picture to show us how to do that.

Before I close, I do need to show you two pictures that I do find very inspiring and beautiful. These women are all very strong and amazing and they all have beautifully unique bodies.

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and

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Now, before anyone gets upset, I have no doubt that some women honestly do look at fitspo and are genuinely inspired by it. It does not trigger unhealthy thoughts. And to those women, I say, “ROCK ON! Keep being awesome.” But, I stay away from fitspo because I know my past and I know many, many women are the same.

I like to stay in the business of encouragement.

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Not Feeling Very Inspired by Fitspo…

The Demons of Body Image



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This past week I came to a realization. For a personal trainer who has a blog and a Facebook page I sure don’t take many pictures of myself.

Why is that?

I pondered and I pondered. I prayed. I did some soul-searching and I realized something I never really considered before now.

I write and talk quite a bit about body image and how we should love ourselves as the awesome creations that we are. God LOVES us just the way we are and so should we. Yes, we are on a journey for better health but that is no reason why we should not love the body God gave us.

Well, I have a harsh confession. This is hard for me to say.

I did not believe that for myself. *sigh* In the deepest part of my heart I did not believe the very words I was saying to you for myself.

For some awful reason, I thought that I was an exception to the rule. I thought I could look a woman in the eyes and tell her that she is beautiful just the way she is because GOD created her but I was different. My body was NOT worthy of praise. I was broken and not worth mentioning.

This is not easy for me to write. Part of me is afraid that everyone will run away, calling me a fraud. But, then I think, How can you trust me if I am not honest with you?

So, this is me being totally open, honest, and raw with you. I battle body image demons just like so many women. It is a rough road to travel. I know. I get it.

I now know why I have been fighting so hard for women to love themselves as God’s creation for so long. I was fighting against my own inclinations. I was speaking to myself without even knowing it.

So, after all these realizations I went to the gym last Friday. I decided to do a little Self-Love. I totally stepped out of my comfort zone and I took pictures of myself. I entered the world of “selfies.” HA HA!!

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This collage of pictures was taken on April 5, 2014. Let me share my BEFORE picture from April 22, 2011.

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I am so thankful for my husband who forced me to take this BEFORE picture when I made the decision to actually change my future by starting my fitness journey. If he gave in to my protests that I can’t stand the idea of having him take my picture like this, I wouldn’t have a BEFORE picture to share.

When I look at these pictures side by side I am amazed. I have come so far. I have battled countless demons on this journey.

When I look at my current pictures I still see my flaws. 😦 I still shudder a bit when thinking about sharing my pictures because they are not “perfect.”

But, I proclaim right here and right now that I will FIGHT this battle. I will accept this body for the awesomeness that it is. WHY? Because God MADE me awesome.

I look at those pictures and I also see hard work. I see strength. I see passion. And I see a mission to help other women too.

From this point forward I will be sharing more pictures of MYSELF on my Facebook page. 🙂 I will share my pictures even if it hurts. I will be IN the pictures for once. Want to learn more about ME? Go there.



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The Demons of Body Image

Performance-Based Training



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Ever since I started my fitness journey I have been trying to change my appearance. I’m not fussing about that because, honestly, it was my appearance that prompted me to make a change. I didn’t like how I looked in the mirror. I didn’t like how my clothes fit. I didn’t like that I never felt confident in the clothes I wore.

This motivation has kept me going for a very long time. I chose my workouts based on how I wanted to look. I manipulated my food for the goal of fat loss and/or muscle gain. I have had great progress over the last couple years and I am happy with it.

But, you know what?

I am tired of Appearance-Based Training.

I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with Appearance-Based training. I’m just tired of drawing my motivation from there.

Do you want to know why?

It is because I was never satisfied. There was always something wrong with my body. I always had too much fat in the middle. My thighs were too wide. My butt was too flat. My shoulders weren’t round enough.

Even though I KNEW I had made awesome progress I was always reaching for more. When someone complimented me on my physique I struggled with believing them. I just couldn’t see what they saw.

So, I worked harder. I trained harder and I restricted my food more. I tried different kinds of what I now know to be fad diets. It’s okay. I fell for them too. I figured my “failure” was because I didn’t have enough self-control. I would train harder and restrict food more trying to find the magic bullet for self-control. And you know what happened? You can probably figure it out. I would just lose control because what I was trying to do just isn’t sustainable. I’d quit training programs and I’d binge on all the foods I was restricting.

I just couldn’t be content.

Well, I finally said, “ENOUGH!!!!”

I need something that will keep me motivated.

I need something that will make me feel good about my progress.

I need something that will help me be PROUD of my body.

Enter PERFORMANCE-BASED TRAINING

With Performance-Based Training I focus on my Performance. Shocking, I know.

I focus on how much weight I am lifting.

I focus on my form and that I am lifting the weight correctly.

When I have achieved a new personal record I pat myself on the back and say, “YOU ROCK! Your body just lifted THAT? You are a BEAST! You Freakin’ just lifted a couch, BABY!”

Then I say, “Now go home and EAT so you can go back tomorrow and lift MORE than the couch.”

Do you see the difference in self-talk?

I go from criticism to praise. Switching to Performance-Based Training has completely changed my attitude towards exercise and food. I can’t wait to get to the gym each day to see what I can do and I am enjoy my food because it will FUEL those awesome workouts.

My confidence has grown because, you know what, I AM STRONG! By GOLLY! I am not the leanest girl in the gym by any stretch of the imagination but God gave me muscles for a reason. It is my intention to USE them and see what they can do.

And here’s the really cool thing. Now that my focus is turned towards Performance and not Appearance, every so often I walk by a mirror and see that I am getting the body I’ve always wanted after all.

Huh. Who woulda thought?

Performance. Try it sometime.

LIFT ON!

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Performance-Based Training