In this blog over the last few months, I have mused and introspected and theorized and outlined different ways to improve your relationship with food and your body. I have shared anecdotes both personal and professional, to serve as illustrative lessons. I’ve provided tricks and hints to help you keep you sane while you to overcome issues relating to emotional or stress related eating. In a way, I’ve been your coach.
And now it’s time to for share why I’ve just hired mine.
If it’s not evident from my posts, I still struggle with emotional eating at times. My “demons,” if you will, lay on the backburner, far more under my control than they once were, and yet still just bidding their time until their next attack.
I’ve come to learn that the trigger to my emotional eating is almost always a combination of stress with under-eating and/or over-exercising. For me, this combination invokes a learned response from years of periods of restrictive dieting and generally causes some level of overeating in response. I’ve learned to avoid the cycle for the most part: limiting the extremes behaviors from both ends of the spectrum, minimizing the damage and guilt, and being kind and compassionate towards myself despite my eating habits….
And yet my desire to improve the balance surrounding my health, habits, and physique remains a daily presence in my psyche.
So, after much thought, I’ve gone and signed up for Dr. Jade Teta’s 12 week Feed the Lean Contest.
Didn’t this girl just write an article about short term diets?!
The program is run by Dr. Jade Teta of Metabolic Effect, a naturopathic doctor who I consider a tremendous resource on optimal health via hormone balance and fat loss. I have been following his work (and the work of his wife, mentor, Jill Coleman), for a few years now, and I have rarely been anything less than impressed with the information those two share with the world.
Still, when I received the initial email announcing the contest and the opportunity to work with Jade directly, my initial reaction to the program was, “Sounds fun! But I don’t want to enter a 12 week fat loss contest. My goal is to obsess LESS about food, not MORE.”
But with more thought, I came to the conclusion to sign up for a few reasons:
1) Being my own food coach is HARD, if not impossible. I overthink things, talk myself out of my commitments, make excuses, and ultimately am accountable to no one. order synthroid canada http://nolensvillemarketsquare.com/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http:/nolensvillemarketsquare.com/wp-admin/user-edit.php Accountability is everything. My clients show me that every day, and I’ve seen that accountability has been a positive tool for me many times over in the past. So, world, now you know my plans and I can’t back down! 🙂
2) Finding an effortless maintenance place is not effortless. For me, there is no “just stop thinking about food.” Everything relating to food, diet, exercise and behavior change is my profession and my passion, and I’m not likely to escape it anytime soon. Rather than trying to reduce the amount of thought and energy spent on my fitness and physique, I can actually relieve my burden by leaving the planning and protocols to a coach. My job is to focus on staying the course, staying positive and kind to myself, and playing the detective under someone else’s guidance.
3) The right coach is key. As a fitness professional myself, I am very picky about who I want to advise me, especially within this field. I want someone who is equally passionate and obsessed with nutrition and health as me, and someone from whom I can learn a lot (about optimizing metabolism and fat loss, in addition to some coaching and business skills). It wasn’t that I was seeking a fat loss contest; Dr. Teta is someone who can help me grow as an individual.
4) I’ve been looking for a naturopathic doctor recently anyway, as I’ve been disappointed with the majority of my health care team in recent months. I was thisclose to setting a consultation with Dr. Teta anyway, and I love that I’ll be gaining access to him and his big beautiful brain throughout the 12 weeks.
5) I have a vacation to Mexico planned in August, the week following the conclusion of the program, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to look good on the beach. 🙂 (Don’t we all just want to look good naked? Haha!)
1) My contest is with myself, not with anyone else in the “Feed the Lean” group. My goal for the next 12 weeks is to balance my hormones and metabolism, and find the diet protocol that serves me best for the rest of my life. My goal is NOT to lose as much weight as I can to 12 weeks….only to have it last for a week until I “reward” myself in brownie sundaes and daiquiris on the beach until the weight is regained.
2) As I wrote about last week, there is a way to correctly use a short term program as a jumping off point for the rest of your life. I plan on using this coaching program as exactly that: a beginning. One of the things I love best about Dr. Teta’s approach is the focus on self-assessment based on feedback from your body to fine tune your individual needs. In some respects, 12 weeks is “short term,” but it is also enough time to figure out what works and establish some really positive habits and routines to maintain that balance.
3) Comply or die DOES NOT APPLY. I trust Dr. Teta, and want to work hard to heed his advice to the best of my ability, but even more so I will need to work hard to remember that I am human. Achieving only 90-95% compliance with his program would not make me “bad” because I couldn’t follow it perfectly; it makes me human. This is a huge mindset shift away from any “diet” I have previously set out on. I’m giving myself permission to make mistakes and be okay with them, knowing that sometimes life is messy and things happen.
4) As part of my day job, I am coaching a fantastic group of people through several Spartan Races this summer. I plan to continue to do that to the best of my ability and within the context of this program. I will not lose sight of the commitments I made to my team in completing the races I promised to do (none of which are in the next 12 weeks, however).
For the next 12 weeks starting next Wednesday, expect to hear some updates on the blog and on Facebook on how this coaching program goes!
I’ll still be posting regular blogs each week with insights and advice, but I can’t help but draw inspiration from my life for content…I can’t wait to share my experience with you all!
I’m always here to help you guys….and I hope you know how much your support and following helps me too!