Are you sabotaging your fitness goals?

Let’s talk about why we really don’t lose weight and get fit. Like for real.

We get on a program then fall off. We pay lots of money, get some great results and fall back into old patterns.

Why?

Let’s find out! We’ll break it down while listening in on a coaching conversation with an Empower coaching client

Sabotage #1:

When I get overwhelmed my fitness routine and eating fall apart and I start overeating.

Client: When I’m not sure how money’s coming in, I can get very overwhelmed. Or when things are going really good, I start taking on too much. People come to me with all these opportunities. Overwhelmed bad and stressed out or overwhelmed good, like I’m on a high, and then I overcommit. I’m not always good at weighing my priorities before I say yes to too much.

Daniel Martinez-Hixson: In a situation like that, what are some of the red flags? When do you know you are taking too much on?

 C: I start to feel panic in my brain, especially when I have made too many commitments. I feel myself shutting down and not being able to handle things.

DMH: Here’s what I’ve picked out about this and even with myself: Right after we have a breakthrough (when we have a good thing happen like losing a few pounds) the integrity or promises to ourselves starts to dwindle; we go from 100% keeping our promises to 99%, then 98% and so on.

But it doesn't show up as a number, it shows up in what we say to ourselves, the excuses we make for no longer needing to keep the promises that made us have a breakthrough!

For me, I know sleep is a huge factor. How well I focus and what I get done the next day has a lot to do with how well I slept. But after I have a breakthrough, I can start to say: “Oh well, you know I can go to bed a little later…” I start to see I am breaking my promise to myself (to get enough sleep) again.

I am working on continuing on, even expecting breakdowns (like starting to lose sleep and becoming less productive) to happen; saying: “This is what is supposed to happen.” And then I can prepare for it.

C: The stress is maintaining the good things that have happened. I had started a second job, a night job, to make extra money, but I was so tired all the time I quit. I feel like I could have done the new job, but I didn’t have a plan of how I could do it and my full-time job. It’s not that I couldn't do it; I didn’t have a plan about how I would do it and I guess I wasn’t committed to doing it.

DMH: That’s a good one! That was said beautifully. That would make a good blog topic!

Call or email Daniel for a weight loss, fitness, nutrition and coaching consult at: daniel@empowerhfs.com . (786) 429-0983.