Once I started to see what was possible, I could change the one thing that was sabotaging me and holding me back from seeing my abs. Yes — it’s true. You can’t outrun your fork! So, instead of focusing on what I couldn’t eat, I started to focus on the foods that made me feel good, gave me energy and brought me closer to my goals. I also realized that without a shift in my mindset, I wouldn’t have the belief or realization that I required to stay on track.
I can recall a time when I would turn to candy or cake as comfort when I didn’t feel worthy, good enough or capable. On the surface, I didn’t realize this was going on. In fact, I think my unhealthy eating habits became common practice (similar to brushing my teeth).
Can you relate to this? Do you have good intentions, yet somehow you seem to sabotage yourself? Trust me when I say you’re not alone! However, once you learn to let go of limiting beliefs and old programming, you will have a much easier time staying on track. So instead of saying, “I can’t eat that”, you will begin to say “I don’t want to eat that.”
At the time of my own personal transformation, I was working with a coach. Inspired by the images I saw on the cover of my favourite fitness magazines, I set an outrageous goal to step on stage in a fitness competition. However, I was highly addicted to sugar; particularly Swedish Berries and vanilla cake (with lots of icing!)
Just so you know, I still love these “trigger” foods. I just know that I can’t be around them as my goals mean a lot more to me than a 30-second sugar high! Plus I no longer feel good when I eat them in excessive amounts.
After just two weeks, I lost eight pounds along with my addiction to sugar. So how did this happen? At the time, I didn’t have the right mindset in place, so I had to rely on willpower to get there. Basically, my coach told me I couldn’t have any sugar for 14 days, including fruit. And if I did, I would have to start the detox all over. With her help, I stuck to it. And I was shocked by what happened to my body and cravings.
Prior to this, I worked out everyday. Sometimes twice a day! But I still didn’t have the body I wanted. It wasn’t until I started paying close attention to the foods I was using to fuel my body.
At some point during my transformation I had to take a step back and revisit my stories and beliefs. In fact, it has become regular practice and work. You will never fully delete your past thoughts, beliefs and stories. They will come creeping back from time to time, depending on what’s happening in your life. Just know it’s ok to go back to step 1 at any time. This is your life and your journey.