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Mindful or Mindless.... How much thought do you put into your Nutrition?

Mindful or Mindless.... How much thought do you put into your Nutrition?

I came across the concept of Mindful v. Mindless about three years ago. The concept was related to exercise. I'm afraid to admit a lot of the exercise I was prescribing at that time was verging towards mindless. In fact, even I was exercising like that to some extent. When I sat and thought about this, my mind turned to nutrition...

The Journey So Far 2013.. (Half way through the year already!)

The Journey So Far 2013.. (Half way through the year already!)

So how is it going? Yes it's almost half way through the year already! How is it going with your health and fitness goals? I thought I should review mine and do it publicly so to speak, kinda makes me more accountable. This is a summary of the year to date and the issues along the way.

New Years Resolutions : Do they Work?

New Years Resolutions  So its a new year and the resolutions will be flying about all over the place. For me its the same one every year, no alcohol for January as a minimum and after that see how long we can last in abstention. This started would you believe 30 years ago this year and has been broken only once ( blame some fog, a fear of flying and a 4 hour delay in Amsterdam was also on the 28th of the month so it was four actual weeks which is kind of a month.)..I digress but it can be done.

I pick only ONE target and stick to it, this has meant over the years going to weddings and not even toasting the bride ( water just doesn't do it) , avoiding alcohol situations ( pubs, meals out , ) etc etc, its not been easy, temptation is always there, but I have been immensley proud of my achievements. During the period of abstention I become a bit of a preacher man , telling all and sundry that I am on a " mission" , I use this as a sort of reinforcement mechanism, reminds me and makes me sort of accountable to the person I am talking with.

Now back to you, I am not that interesting ! What is it about a date on a calendar ,in this case 1st January that sets people off in a frenzy of health related thoughts and activities. The gym owners  love January, the regular gym devotees hate the month, it lasts around 3 months , the persons resolutions wither and off they go, usually paying for a gym they aren't using for months after. I think I once read that by March only 5 % of January joiners are still going to the gym more than once a week, a massive 80% weren't going at all.

I have alluded to this elsewhere but for me its about behavioural change  and not about outcome goals, does anyone think that joining  a gym  ensures results ? So setting yourself a weight loss target is less of a good idea than setting yourself a goal of "attending" the gym 3  times per week and adding one extra hour of sleep per night ( the idea being that a change in behaviours will produce outcomes)

However,  change is difficult people , I hear all the time how much " I want to lose weight" , " I want to get fit (whatever that means ) again"  everyone resists change , even though going to the gym 3 times a week looks easy on paper trust me its not. If you are currently not going to the gym at all suddenly trying to attend 3 times a week is a big ask, HUGE...and what happens is people find themselves missing the target weekly, this causes stress and in turn opens up the " I am defeated " trapdoor and they drop off the wagon completely....A simple suggestion is to find some one to act as a coach to help you set up realistic expectations for you and to help you when things go wrong . All successful people have or have had coaching at some level . You may just make yourself accountable to a friend, show them your " goals" and ask them or indeed many people to check in on you periodically. You could do this via Facebook for example , there are other support group structures out there if you look around...

So stop asking yourself " why " questions because they don't have answers, asking " what  questions " ....for example " why don't I exercise more"? becomes " what can I do to exercise more"?...and if you find yourself " falling off " the path, wipe that slate clean in your head, refocus, change paths if necessary , get your support on your side  and get back on the path. A recent book by Ali Zentner, " The Weight Loss Prescription " is well worth a read.