When I was a child, I used to go to a community pool in the summer. Every hour, the lifeguards would blow their whistles and everyone had to get out of the pool for a 10 minute rest period. They did it to test the water and add chemicals, but they also did it to prevent exhaustion, for our safety.
When you hit a plateau, or when you have gained a little bit of weight, when you are feeling discouraged, what is your first thought about how to get back on track? Maybe you think about getting back to using your calorie tracker. Maybe you make up a new grocery list so you have the ‘good’ foods in the house when you need them. Maybe you resolve to watch your food portions more closely. Or maybe you decide it’s time to get back to the exercise plan you made for yourself. Do you decide that you can add just one more day of exercise to your schedule? These are the most common responses I hear when I ask this question in coaching.
There are any number of products on the market from vitamins to drinks to pills designed to boost our energy and help us be more productive. If we’re paying attention to our body feedback, we also recognize that some foods give us more energy than others and leave us feeling supercharged. Regardless of whether it’s a manufactured supplement or a natural food combination, we all need a little help now and then to feel less sluggish and more alive.
Ask anyone why they want to lose weight, or why they want to gain weight if they are too thin, and they can probably give you a list. Each person’s list will vary, but some of the motivations might include health, mobility, appearance, dissatisfaction with current size and weight, etc. All of these are valid motivations, specifically because they are individual to each person.
What am I capable of doing? Can I do anything I set my mind to? Is the sky the limit? Does the answer to that question depend on what aspect of my life I’m thinking about? Does the answer change on any given day? How much do I believe I’m capable of accomplishing? Now, that’s an entirely different question. These are the questions we ask ourselves whenever we have a desire for something different. Whether that desire is for a different body size, a different job, a different home or location, we are setting a goal for ourselves. Whenever we set a goal for ourselves, we are challenging ourselves to stretch beyond what feels comfortable and step into something more. We are challenging ourselves to find out what we’re capable of achieving.
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