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[Note from Molly: If you follow my blog or my Facebook page regularly, you know that I'm a huge fan of having a positive body image, mindset, and perspective, and changing your body from a place of love, not hate. In fact, a favorite motto of mine is: "Train because you love your body, not because you hate your body."
Today, my good friend Jill Coleman, who's basically the Queen of mindset, is sharing with you 6 Reasons Your Body Doesn't Look Any Different Despite "Doing Everything Right."
I am absolutely thrilled that she's sharing these with you all today. I'm confident you'll love it (and her!) as much as I do! Enjoy!]
Thank you, Molly, for letting me take up space on your blog today!
Molly asked me to provide some insight on how mindset and perspective affect the fat loss process, and why it’s not just about “the perfect meal plan” or “the best” workout program.
Let’s get this out of the way first: body change isn’t about gathering more information.
Information is everywhere. You can find a million “weight loss meal plans” for free on Google right now. And it’s not about getting the perfect meal plan from the best coach. Or finding the right expert to provide your miracle plan.
But, as people seeking body change, this is often what we do: jump from program to program, expert to expert, diet book to diet book, all with the hope of stumbling across THE ONE that will work this time! We think if we juuuuuust find that one additional piece of the puzzle, then we can finally get the results we want.
[Quick side note: if any coach or expert claims to have some special magical meal plan that is better than all others, run away, you’re dealing with an egomaniac! Truthfully, fat loss meal plans are not rocket science, they are only so many ways to eat vegetables and lean protein.]
But no, fat loss is not about having the most perfect meal plan on earth. Fat loss and body change is about you. Specifically, they are about you and your ability to actually IMPLEMENT consistent behaviors over time, all the while finding some peace, relaxing into the process and managing your mental environment.
In other words, results aren’t about information, they’re about implementation.
We know this intuitively, don’t we? If I asked you to write out what a healthy diet looks like right now, 90% of you could do it. So it’s not that we don’t know WHAT to do, but specifically, we don’t know HOW to do it consistently.
The how-to comes down to your process and your perspective. How you choose to SEE the process? Because the people who get and stay lean have made the transition out of the quick-fix mentality and have settled in for the long haul, weathering the ups and downs of the process and choosing to show themselves kindness and simply do their best. This is a mindset shift.
The most successful people are also the most consistent. And not consistently perfect!
If you feel like your nutrition is on point and your workouts are good-to-go, and you are still not seeing results, you might have some mental hang-ups. Your mindset needs to be the foundation of your process because though diet and workouts alone might earn you a short-term rapid weight loss, how you navigate the process over time begins with your thoughts.
A physical transformation without a mental one leaves something to be desired.
Here are 6 mindset obstacles that may be hindering success: