I am not a disciplined person. Intuitive, yes. But if it came down to pure will power, I’d never succeed. The beauty of that though, is that through trial and a lot of error, I’ve experienced first hand that many of the “rules” of fitness and wellness that you’ve heard, may not all be true. My goal is to help you enjoy food, do the activities that bring you joy, and feel good about your body. That doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want, but when it comes to weight loss, there are a lot more factors involved besides calories in and calories out.
Anyone who has followed us know that we are huge fans of play. I wrote a book called A Playful Life where I teach the importance of linking mindset with good nutrition and a strong, functional body, but more importantly, finding a sport that gives you a reason to train hard, eat well, and still enjoy that beer each night.
It has to be about more than just weight loss. If you are constantly looking at a scale, you are ultimately going to burnout. But by finding movement or an activity every day that you lose yourself in, you will create a better hormone response that can handle the beer and a body that moves well and looks good.
If you feel great and kick ass every day, then keep doing what you are doing. If you are just trying to get by and don’t understand why you can’t get better, we can help you sort it all out. Here are five things you should ask yourself if you are trying to lose weight and it’s just not working.
1. Are You Just Too Busy?
I’m sure you are busy. I’m busy too. But busy is a choice and I promise that you’re not too busy to lose weight. Yes, losing weight requires a time investment…time to exercise, time to grocery shop, time to meal prep…but it takes way less time than you may think. It’s not so much a lack of time, but a lack of priority. Figure out why you want to lose the weight and then, raise your motivation. When you can justify that you are worth the time, then the food prep and the workouts become easy and quite time efficient. This is a big part of what I focus on in my courses. Learning how to prioritize the things that matter most to you and script your life around your talents, passions, and people you love.You can't avoid self-care and self-awareness and expect your body to function optimally.Click To Tweet
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2. Are You Play Ready?
Often a fitness routine makes you great at doing high repetitions in the gym or really good in a spin class, but it doesn’t always make you “play-ready”. In order to pick up a game of basketball, drop into a wave, flow a downhill mountain bike trail, and tear up the slopes requires some joint integrity, power production, and good range of motion throughout the body. We always create workout programs that have three parts: mobility/range of motion, strength, and power production. When you mix in all three of these, you can play hard and enjoy your beer without any repercussions on the scale aspect.
3. Do You Have A Restorative Element In Your Life?
There is no way around this one, you need to set aside time for your body to recover. Sleep is not enough. Most people have issues of being wired and tired. Addressing adrenal issues is a key ingredient to getting lean and being able to enjoy a beer at the end of the day.If you workout hard and can't seem to loose the layer around your midsection, it’s likely a hormonal issue going on. Click To Tweet
Yoga is a great way to help your mobility and give you the ability to learn to shut down your body and teach your body to relax. If you feel like you are having trouble relaxing, have anxiety, or injuries that just won’t heal. Taking ZMA before bed or ONNIT’s New Mood are great ways to improve recovery.
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4. Do You Count Calories?
Stop counting calories. Not all calories are created equal and it’s way more important to focus on how the foods you do eat are being aborbed and digested. There are so many diet and nutrition plans out there and they can all work in the short term but long term you need to understand that food isn’t bad. Learning to understand what your body needs to feel good and look great is key.
Sourcing is a better gauge of the quality of food you are selecting. Notice if the food you eat gives you energy. Are you eating because you are bored or stressed? Are you eating according to your blood type? If you play hard, do you eat like a warrior?
5. Do You Train Intuitively?
It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working smart. If you are in the gym and you like it, then that’s great. However, if you are in the gym and your goal is to lose weight and nothing is happening, you need to question your plan. Don’t be so rigid in your training program that you don’t notice when you are overtraining or getting limited results. Some days earning that beer means skipping a run and heading to a Yin Yoga class.
The most important aspect of being able to drink a beer every night without gaining weight is having a good hormone profile. If you need help with this, reach out to us for coaching.
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