I have lost count of the number of people who I have met with for a consultation and within the first 20 minutes I hear the words
"I am fat" or "I have flabby bits" or "look at this pudge" or "my legs are so skinny it looks ridiculous" and the list goes on ...
The thing is, I am not here to tell you whether or not this is true, I am here to help you develop thinking patterns that will helpful toward you reaching your goals rather than against it. Similar to how we practice movement patterns, we need to practice thinking patterns and the first step in this is to accept what you are thinking and feeling and then work on changing these thinking patterns rather than ignoring unhelpful thoughts.
This can be hard to face but we need to accept who we currently are, where we are currently at and where we want to be. Taking action from here includes considering alternative thinking patterns and alternative actions that will work in favour of our core values and goals. These new thinking patterns and courses of action all require practice, in exactly the same way new movement patterns require practice.
Accepting that our thinking patterns may not always be useful but also that we can do something about it will be much more beneficial to building a healthy mindset around training and health than ignoring how you are feeling or buying into the idea that an 'ideal' body type is the source of your happiness.
Start with recognising your thought patterns, understanding the difference between helpful thoughts and unhelpful thoughts from here is where change can occur.
Stay tuned for some strategies as to how to start changing these thinking patterns in the next blog