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January 2016

You can’t out-exercise your food choices

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You know why many people fail at weight loss or at their goals of getting into shape?  It is not for lack of knowledge, will-power, or ability.  Instead, I believe it is for two reasons:

  1. Not acknowledging our emotional connection to food
  2. Trying to out-exercise your food choices

1. Let’s attack the emotional connection with food first.  Let’s admit…The moment we tell ourselves we can’t have some food…chocolate for instance…guess what we want?  CHOCOLATE and lots of it…  You know why?  Our brain works this way.  When we tell ourselves we can’t have something – that is EXACTLY what we want!

Then…after eating it – have you ever felt the MEGA guilt from eating chocolate?  Maybe a better question to ask is who hasn’t felt that?

The food itself is not typically the real issue with our weight.  Instead, emotions are normally the issue with our weight.  I would say that most of us that struggle with our weight have a good knowledge of what to eat or not eat.   The problem is not the food.  The problem is how we see the food and USE the food.

Are we using the food to fill a need?  Are we using the food to numb ourselves?  Are we using the food to appear one way or another? 

Maybe if we start to take note of our heart condition and really think about why we are eating or not eating foods, we will find much more freedom.   Maybe if we will deal with what we are feeling instead of using food to fix our issues, we will be able to detach from that emotional connection we all can easily get with food.

Amidst my own struggles, I had to find a new way.   I had tried every diet plan out there.  None of it worked.  Finally when I started to look at my emotions as they tied in with food, my eyes were opened as to why I ate when I was lonely, bored, stressed, tired, you name it!  I found freedom when I put those two together!

I don’t claim to have it all figured out.

However, I do know the freedom that can come when we let go of all of these food rules, expectations, and pressures.  The freedom that brought to me developing the Listen and Lose System.  The freedom that allows me to eat a piece of chocolate and not have the complete guilt meltdown.  The freedom that says I can eat normally, and not in conjunction with my emotions.  

When our hearts and our emotions are healthy, our body will follow.  

 

2. Secondly – we need to stop thinking that we can out-exercise our food choices.  It is time we separate the two.  We should workout because of how it makes us feel.  We should make good food choices because of how it makes us feel.

When we eat “bad” and then think we need to go workout – that is bondage.  That is making exercise a punishment.  As simple as this sounds, this change of thinking can truly take us down a new path.  Focus on each one independently and you will find the answers to many of your health struggles!!

It is time that we all need to realize something very important in regards to our health and nutrition:  It is not the treats or the extremes, but the everyday habits that make our lives. This is a powerful statement because we tend to focus on extremes and beat ourselves up over the extra circumstances, when it is really about the day in and day out way that we live.  Are we making good choices most of the time?  Are we doing better today than yesterday?

Are we experiencing true FREEDOM as God has given to us each day?

I have dedicated my life to helping women understand their worth is not tied to a number on the scale or a dress size.  Instead, worth is tied to their inner self.  Our outer self, weight, self-esteem, is all based on how we feel about ourself on the inside.  What we feel about ourselves shows on the outside.  Every time.

So, I ask this question:  Do you love yourself?  Do you feel that you are WORTH IT?  God tells us every day that we are worth it  – and it is our job to believe that with our whole heart.

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And He always speaks truth. 

–Written by Rachel Curtis

Founder, P31 Fitness

A NEW “Weigh” this year

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So….it’s that time of year again.  The time for resolutions, goals, new weight loss plans, and more.  What is YOUR plan?  Have you made this plan before and failed?  If you are like 99% of us, the answer would be yes.  And yet…we somehow think that THIS year will be different.

So, we gear up again, make our goals, get new food lists, and try, try again.  Only to be frustrated in a few weeks for falling off the wagon yet again.

Let me tell you something….you CAN stop this cycle.

What if I told you that the real answer is to stop obsessing about the books on diets and new workout plans?

What if I told you that you could finally STOP searching to find the newest “fix” for weight loss?

What if I told you that you could stop spending SO MUCH TIME thinking about food, calories, diets, weight?

Guess what?  YOU CAN!! And you can be FREE from this struggle!!

How do I know?  I have personally experienced it and can relate!  

Let me give you a little background here.  If you don’t know me, I am an obsessive person.  If I have a goal or something I think I should be doing, I do it 100%!  I strive, I try, I work, and I beat it to the ground.  So, in the area of nutrition, food, workout…I let it become something that was controlling my life.  I HAD to workout every day.  I HAD to write down everything I ate.  I HAD to workout extra hard if I had too much to eat.  I HAD to make goals and re-make them and re-make them.  I was OBSESSED.  You know what?  It didn’t get me anywhere but to a place of craziness and discontentment.

Instead – It took me to a place of disordered thinking about health and disordered eating.  No one wants to be there!   I was heavier than I had ever been.  I was more unhealthy than I had ever been.   The one thing I was trying to get away from came at me with more force than I ever could have imagined.

Because of all of my struggle, I had to come up with a NEW plan.  Something totally different.  I now follow this simple rule:  “Listen and Lose”.

I created a workbook about this that is available for purchase on our online store:  http://shop.p31fitness.com/.  It is about listening to our body for hunger and fullness cues.  Listening to our emotions before eating.  I believe with all of my heart that this is the answer.  I want you to believe it too.  It WORKS and it is peaceful.

Do I still struggle?  Yes!!  But am I in a better place?  Yes!   Am I more healthy than when I was thinking about all of that all the time?  YES!!!  I am free.  

In life, that is what we all need to strive for…freedom.  Freedom in Christ, freedom in our lives, and freedom from the food, body and diet rules that surround us in society.

This new year, I want to challenge us all to live in balance.  I want to challenge us to not get sucked into the newest diet.  I want to challenge us all to be aware of the time we are spending reading diet posts, challenges, researching and more.

Don’t let your goal of being healthy become unhealthy.

Let’s realize that our worth comes from WHO WE ARE and who God created us to be.-not the size of our clothes or the number on a scale.

Take the time to find balance and freedom…..You are worth it!

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Watch this 5 minute video from founder, Rachel Curtis to learn more!!