Mental Blocks + Stalling Progress

It's impossible to know what you'll uncover when signing up for a nutrition transformation coaching program.

Throughout my experience as a nutrition coach, one thing is for certain, all people that do this work eventually come to a point where they must make a decision.

Either remain the version of them that got them into their situation in the first place or level up + say goodbye to that old version of themselves so they can level up.

I see it when people stall their progress for weeks at a time.

You know what I mean, that friend that "Oh I can never get past X weight". Somehow they always seem to magically hit the same plateau, at the same weight, without making lasting progress.

Apart from metabolic adaptation [another blog for another time], there is a huge mental factor that comes into play that keeps us from having massive breakthroughs + completing our goals.

Simply put, it's FEAR.

The subconscious is very smart.

It knows exactly what it's doing.

It works to keep us "safe".

When have limiting thoughts like,

"I'm scared"

"If I stay overweight I'll avoid unwanted attention."

"I don't know if I can do this."

"I don't know if I can maintain this."

"What will others think if I change?"

"I don't deserve this."

"I've been this way my whole life, I'm not sure if I can be different."

"My family is like this so I always will be too."

"I'm going to have to buy new clothes after I lose the weight."

"What if I have loose skin after I lose all the weight?"

"What if I lose friends or family in the process because I'm changing my life?"

The subconscious listens + says,

"Ok you're scared, don't worry I'll keep you 'safe' + right where you are with your progress."

It's then that we subconsciously self-sabotage by eating just a little more or moving just a little less, stalling progress never breaking through that same plateau.

The truth is change is not painful. It's the resistance to change that's painful.

How can we overcome limiting beliefs?

1) Acknowledge what you're thinking + feeling without judgment.

Simply acknowledging "I'm scared", + not judging or attaching to why you feel scared, but aiming to understand it, will disempower the emotion.

2) Shift the negative thoughts into empowering ones.

Once we acknowledge what we're thinking + feeling we can begin to look for actionable solutions + more empowering thoughts like,

"It's ok to be scared. I know that many other people have experienced the same thing + have had great success."

3) Remind yourself who TF you are + how highly capable you are!

Simply reminding yourself of a time where you overcame something that seemed impossible can restore the confidence that you can do this.-Because you can!

It's up to you to do so!

4) Repeat.

It's ok to doubt. Everyone, at some point, doubts their capabilities no matter how seasoned they are!

It's ok to question the process.

Just don't stay in doubt!

It's easy to forget all you've accomplished.

We all have off days + forget how magnificently capable we are.

Surround yourself with little reminders so it's harder to forget!

Post pictures of your progress.

Remind yourself of the little successes by posting notes on your mirror.

Share your progress on social media.

Surround yourself with people that lift you up + people that get it!

Get involved with a community that fully supports you + reminds you why you started in the first place.

Reminding yourself of what's possible will push you into possibility + progress. We must not stay fixated on the fear or the "what if".

It's ok to get knocked down.

But you must not stay there!

We must take action every day to move forward closer + closer to our goals.

How can you remind yourself today how very capable you are?

Lean into fear! Progress is on the other side.


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