Lillako Fatloss Principles: Practice
I can think of at least 3 coaches in the fitness world who I've discussed this idea with, or heard speak about it. That in order to become strong, we must practice doing strong things. No faffing around with therabands, chains, "rehab-y" movements (unless specifically prescribed). Likewise if you want to become great at running, you must run. A lot. Just practice doing the thing.
The same goes for your nutrition. Practice, practice, practice. Practice will help you to build muscle memory, resilience and self-confidence. In order to lose weight, there are a number of crucial steps you must take. My system incorporates a number or specific principles my clients follow. One being...practice. Please know this, practice will not make perfect, but it will sustain you long term and serve you in moments when you feel defeated.
I've broken this principle down into 3 parts here:
1. SAY NO
This might actually be tough the first few times. However, after practicing your "NO" on a couple of Tim Tam and birthday cake offers, it becomes second nature. This comes back to eating mindfully. Be mindful of what you are accepting, and what you are consuming. Your body, your rules, your goals. Practice saying "no thanks" to every biscuit, brownie and homemade hummingbird cake that comes your way (unless grandma made it specially for you, refusing that is just bad juju and probably won't be taken seriously by any nanna anyway).
I know you can do it, otherwise this blog must really be letting you down in the content department. Practice reading labels! I tell this to all my clients, and I make sure I do it myself. An example that comes up a lot: kids yoghurt pouches (no kids? do this exercise with any packaged food you buy) Grab your usual item and hold it up against a different brand. Compare sugar content and opt for the lowest. You can then take this pack and hold it against another, and continue until you can't go any lower. I'm using this as an example because kids yoghurts are notoriously sweet, they should really be in the confectionery aisle. Many parents don't realise this until they READ LABELS.
"But Ellie I don't...."
"Sssshhhhh you do now."
I'm not even prepared to compromise on this one. You have to prepare some damn food. Often. Practice cooking so you can learn some easy, quick go-to meals that are nutrient dense and delicious. Practice so that you know what you are eating. Experiment with new ingredients, test out recipes in those books that never get opened (I have about a thousand of those). Get the kids involved, then sit down together as a family and enjoy your home-cooking while you talk about the day. Eating in this way is a stress reliever and a relationship builder. It allows us to better acknowledge and honour our bodies signals of hunger and fullness, so that we may avoid over-eating and can better maintain a healthy weight. This all feels like a long lost art to some, but it's just like the other stuff...practice.
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