Food or exercise? Which do you think matters most when you're trying to get in shape?
Before you answer, let me share a personal story about what I'm celebrating this week... I'm feeling stoked because for the first time in months, I can fit into my skinny jeans!
I don't talk about weight and body image much because people usually roll their eyes when I do. They say things like "you're skinny, you have nothing to worry about" or "what do you know about putting on weight?".
But as any woman knows - and I'm sure a lot of guys do too - body image is such a personal thing. It's not the numbers on the scale that matter, it's how you see yourself.
When you look in the mirror, you don't just see your physical reflection. You see what you already believe about yourself - which is often shaped by your life experiences.
When I was younger, I struggled with my weight a lot. I went from being a super skinny kid to filling out in my early teens and staying chubby for years. It's only after high school that I started running with my Dad and I slimmed down.
So long story short, I put on a few kilos during COVID because the gyms closed and I didn't bother with an at-home routine.
Because I'm 'petite' (or a short-ass in layman's terms), packing on a few kilos means I can't fit into most of my clothes... not comfortably anyway! And when I start to put on weight, I crave more and more bad food.
So when it comes to asking whether food or exercise is to blame for weight gain (or loss)... the answer for me is: BOTH.
I'm sure that's obvious to most people - and I'm not here to give health advice. The lesson I want to share is something I always forget about when I get back into exercising.
You see, I started back at the gym five weeks ago - to lose weight - and even before I shifted any kilos, I gained something much more valuable:
Why? Because I was taking responsibility for the change I wanted to see. Even though I had no idea when I would start to see results, I knew I was on the right path.
A couple of weeks in, I even noticed myself thinking: "even if I never drop the weight, I feel great right now".
And guess what? When I get my mindset right about my self-image, eating healthy food (and still enjoying treats) takes care of itself.
The key to finding my rhythm and sticking to it was in the execution.
Now, if you're wondering why I'm talking about weight loss when money mindset is my thing, it's because I'm seeing a similar theme with business owners. People keep asking:
"What kind of help should I invest in, marketing or mindset?"
You might be thinking "well obviously, both"... except it's not even the right question to be asking.
I'm going to share my thoughts on this and the key to executing with precision in my next update.
In the meantime, please feel free to comment below and ask any questions - I'd love to hear from you :)
p.s. If you don't believe I was chubby, check out the post picture for proof - I found this note from my siblings when I was moving house!
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