Today’s post was prompted by a Calorie Myth podcast by Jonathan Bailor. This particular podcast featured an interview by Krista Scott-Dixon. This podcast really spoke to me. I have struggled with doubts about coaching others since my own progress in fitness is so slow. I have put so much work in but sometimes it is not as outwardly apparent as I would like it to be. This sometimes makes me doubt myself and what I am doing. But then my passion to inspire others and help them improve their health kicks in and I know I need to continue pursuing my dream. I am reminded that I don’t have to strong in every area all the time. Sometimes my weaknesses and vulnerability speaks to others in the midst of their own journey and struggles. It is not about being perfect, but more about balance. It is more about finding the essentials and doing those things while clearing the clutter of non essentials in my life. It’s about the journey – getting stronger physically, mentally and spiritually along the way.
In the podcast, Krista mentions that she asks herself the question,
What am I doing today that’s essential and that casts a vote in favor for living a strong and healthy life?
We tend to try to be our best self and we usually let ourselves be guided by external standards. We want to be a certain size or weight for example. But the real power comes when we are driven by a deeper intrinsic value. When I pursue health because of an external value (my size, my weight) or by a set of rules, I set myself up for failure. Instead, I want to make changes toward better health because it is the right thing to do. This puts in words the feeling that I’ve had for the last year or so. The feeling that the changes I have made are not because I’m following a set of rules that will result in weight loss, but the changes are a part of something deeper. The changes I’ve made are permanent because I am learning what is right for my body and what aligns with my beliefs and values. Yes, those things start with a set of guidelines, but then I learn what works for me and my body. I want to be guided by the results and not by a set of external rules.
In the podcast Krista suggested two ways to know if you are on the right track. One is by listening to “somatic cues.” This simply means listen to your body. If you eat something and later you have a stomach ache and feel tired, your body is telling you that you didn’t make the best choice in nutrition. If you make changes in your diet or exercise routine and you find that you have more energy and feel better then you are headed in the right direction. The other measure she mentioned was to ask yourself if your life was shrinking or expanding. If you are hounded by the rules and by the “I shoulds” it causes you to be a fragmented version of yourself. This is an example of your life or your world shrinking. If your life is expanding you are enjoying new experiences, meeting new people and you will feel like you are a part of something larger.
Krista threw out an interesting challenge at the end of the podcast. She said that she asks her clients something to the effect of
What can you do in the next 3 minutes to show your commitment to better health?
So I’m going to toss out the same challenge to you. Do something right now that moves you towards better health. Comment below and let me know what you chose to do.