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. Without a shift in my mindset, I knew I wouldn’t have the belief or realization that was 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, happy, confident, good enough, capable or in control. On the surface, I didn’t realize this was going on. In fact, I think my unhealthy eating habits eventually 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? Please trust me when I say you’re not alone.
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 inspired by the images on the cover a fitness magazine. This prompted me to set an outrageous goal to step on stage in a fitness competition. I can remember I was highly addicted to sugar; particularly Swedish Berries and vanilla cake (with lots of icing!) However, I knew there would be no way I would reach my goal with these guilty pleasures in my life.
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 the 30-second sugar high they provide. Plus I no longer feel good when I eat these foods in excessive amounts.
After just two weeks of clean eating, 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). If I cheated, she said I would have to start the detox all over again. With her help, I stuck to it. And I was shocked by what happened to my body and cravings.
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 or 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.