Change that sticks, real change, is slow and steady. If you’ve eaten too much over a weekend and then vowed to “eat clean” and exercise extra hard because of it, you’ll know what I mean. If you’ve tried to implement a workout program and have been surprised by a slow decrease of the scale over several weeks, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re working on a new exercise, like nailing a certain lift or sticking a handstand, you’ll know what I mean. When we want to see change, it’s a slow and steady process to get there.
This weekend I realized a few things about how my mindset is slowly (slowly) changing overtime for the better since I’ve been focusing on my perspective when it comes to fitness, my body, nutrition and life.
- We must work on our mindset if we want to change our habits. This is something I *knew* in terms of knowledge (or even coaching people through change), but it’s not something I ever really *practiced.* There’s a big difference there! I’ve appreciated learning insights from Jill as she’s been moving through her month of #MindsetMakeover. One of the things I’m realizing is that this takes practice, just like any other skill leading up to change does!
- First I realized that. Then, I put it into, well, practice! I was productive running errands Saturday morning and then Saturday afternoon, while Mikey was teaching a course, I was cleaning up around the house, home alone. I proceeded to eat too many handfuls of chocolate chips and finish off the end of the almond butter, among other eats. It wasn’t crazy, but it was too much when I wasn’t hungry, and I felt upset and frustrated by my conscious-yet-unconscious (do you know what I mean? I knew I was doing it but didn’t consciously stop?) actions. After I picked Mikey up I was down, and when I told him why, and that it felt worse because I’d been working on my mindset, he said, “Well, now you can practice it. Don’t let it ruin our night. Come on, have fun with me!”
Thanks, husband – you nailed it! I realized how right he was, made a decision to let it go, and had a great night seeing Guardians of the Galaxy (not everyone’s kind of movie, but I thought it was pretty funny, and I’m not usually an alien-movie kind of girl!).
- Then, repeat that practice. Sunday was another relaxed day, but this time I rode with Mikey to his digital storytelling course for day 2 but left the car with him. I planned to run along the river home, which I knew was close to 10 miles. I pumped some X2Performance (it makes ALL the difference with any of my endurance events, like on our epic hike!), had my morning coffee and water and was excited just to enjoy some time under the sun.
(Pants & shoes by UnderArmour, top from LuLuLemon & I got my RoadID band on there too!)
Not only was it a dynamite run, but I listened to a great sermon by Tim Keller, good music afterwards and caught myself realizing that another change had taken place. I no longer hope people are thinking, “Man, that girl’s fast” or “She looks so good” when I pass people, but rather, “She looks strong.” Isn’t that an interesting change? I smiled thinking about that difference – I want to look like I lift weights but can also cruise through some solid miles too.
When I got home, I was alone again, but instead of mindlessly eating or waiting until dinner (I’m often not hungry post-long run but know I need fuel), I made myself a green smoothie with protein powder, lots of spinach, 1/2 a frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, some water and a shake of cinnamon. I topped it with a bit of Love Grown Foods cereal (it’s made of beans!) for some crunch and was satisfied for ages!I drank more water and didn’t dig into the batter of some chocolate chip zucchini bread I was making for dinner at a friend’s place and only had a handful of the sweet potato fries I was making for the same purpose. It was mindful, I didn’t go overboard, I topped up on water and I felt great. Slowly, change is coming in my mindset and therefore my actions, as I reminded myself I’d be having the zucchini bread later and I didn’t need to dig in now – abundance, not scarcity.
Those are just a few thoughts about mindset change that I wanted to share with you guys at the start of the week. No tips or workouts or recipes or weekend updates other than the fact that it starts with our approach to food, to fitness and to our lives, really! Are you seeing slow change in any areas of your life? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below – our firewall is down and comments are enabled again – I miss interacting with you guys and am happy that our blog/website issues seem to be behind us now. Further up and further in (mine and Mikey’s new saying, taken from The Chronicles of Narnia, when it comes to our life!).
Live well & be well,