So much of how we approach our eating and exercise, and how we see ourselves is a byproduct of external influences, such as societal beauty standards, other people’s opinions, diet industry marketing, TV, etc.
In essence, our health and fitness journey is being directed and owned by people other than ourselves.
The messages we hear on a daily basis create insecurities and self-worth issues that affect our life experience.
They force us to feel like we aren’t enough as-is. So we hide. We keep our authentic selves locked away where no one else can see them.
We don’t go out. We don’t see people. And if we do do these things, we carry along fears of judgement and rejection, which affect our experience.
To get control of things we turn to food and exercise to manipulate our bodies and make us feel worthy and presentable to world.
We restrict calories, deprive ourselves of satisfaction, double down on willpower, and engage in exercise we hate just to get the body we want.
Most of the time this approach changes nothing in the end. In fact, it further ingrains the idea that you aren’t enough and that food and exercise (external tools) will solve your internal struggles.
This is why I like to have people pretend like they were the only person in the world. This filter removes external pressures and really helps you understand who you’re taking action for.
When you remove these external pressures your health and fitness journey becomes about YOU. This helps you see your eating and movement differently. And it helps you treat yourself with respect.
With self/body respect comes new behaviors – behaviors that help you live your full life experience.
So if you were the only person in the world, how would your thoughts surrounding your food, body, and exercise change?
Your answers will tell you how you should start thinking and behaving right now to feel your best mentally, emotionally, and physically.