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Talk about the WORKOUT, not the WEIGHT.

I’ve been making this mistake. I noticed my language was closely connected to my motivation.

I will be more mindful to talk about my workout, the fun things I do to stay active. I want to move away from the discouraging language I was using with myself. I would talk about my weight, how dissatisfied I was with the number, the dissatisfaction I had with the look and feel of my body.


How could I improve my body and introduce new activities into my life if I’m unhappy with what I have?

I learned to embrace exactly where I am and what I have, chubb and all. It is only then that I can begin working on my transformation from a place of love instead of disgust. We get involved with things we like. Not with things that repulse us.

Changing my language to talk about the next workout or fitness class is more encouraging and motivating than queasiness I feel when I know my midsection has triumphed over the belt and I feel like a loaf of bread with a string tied around it.

I have a fitness class this week. I will invest my thoughts on how I can become better and how I can challenge myself. I will start from a place of love. This will be my challenge. This will be my focus!


Weight Loss vs Fat Loss – Pfft, I was way off.

“Words affect our perspective. Perspective affects our strategy. Strategy affects our fight. Now I know that my battle is against fat, not weight.”

Thanks to the great articles posted on the12.com’s library, I now know the difference in what I’m trying to do.

I was saying that I wanted to lose weight and now I am more educated to say I want to lose FAT.

When I started this journey, I was just excited to be healthy enough to exercise. Now that I’m 6 months in, I’ve thankfully had my first failure by gaining weight back, fell off the wagon with my exercise schedule by working a lot and taking an online course, and heard of other people who are losing more fat and probably doing better than I am altogether.

But so what? The big lesson is that this is truly a journey and I had back pedal a couple of steps to clarify my objective by using the right terminology. So, ok, I don’t want to lose “weight” because I could gain the pounds in muscle. I want to lose FAT.

I am beginning to understand more pieces of the picture when the health articles say it’s a lifestyle change. I had to dig deep and “peel the onion”  to find out my real motivations for wanting a different look and feel to my body, as well as being honest with myself to identify my excuses and inner stoppers that are holding me back from the tones abs and fit arms I daydream about.

As a coach, I enjoy getting down to the grit with my clients about their motivations and hidden fears. I listen deeply about the words and language they use to frame their situations. I understand the importance of articulating one’s aim so I appreciated that the article by Josh Boyd showed me the difference.  Fat loss is a mental sport! If I talk about it, I can BE about it – only if I know what I’m talking about. 

So, now that my lens has cleared, (wipes off peanut butter smudge from lens), I can adjust the verbiage of my goals from losing “weight” to losing “fat!”  From “weight loss” to “powerhouse fitness.” The latter sounds much more enticing, doesn’t it?

Words affect our perspective. Perspective affects our strategy. Strategy affects our fight. Now I know that my battle is against fat, not weight.

What do you call YOUR fitness journey? Star Trek? 50 First Dates? Inception? The Almost Little Mermaid? Do share!