Do you ever struggle with feeling like you don’t want to move your body/get some exercise?
Do you plan to go work out & tell yourself the day was so long or stressful, eating the chocolate is just easier?
Do you want to whine every time someone tells you that you need to move more & eat less?
So if you’ve ever thought those things, you have a pretty normal brain.
Today I want to talk about the times when your brain wants to SABOTAGE YOU.
Our brains always want to conserve calories & be as efficient as possible.
So it will tell us stuff like, wahhhh, it’s too cold outside. It’s too cold to change into my workout clothes. This is what my brain has been whining at me the past week.
Wahhhh…It’s too hard to get out the door and get to the gym.
Wah…it’s easier to sit on the couch & grab the yum-yums in the fridge…that’s an easy way to get more calories.
You notice I used WAHHHH…
I want you to think about this on purpose.
Think of the part of your brain that tells you these things as a tantrum throwing toddler.
And it’s goal is just to spend as few calories as possible.
THAT’S IT, THAT’S ALL IT WANTS. IT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR LONG-TERM WELL-BEING.
It can be kind of mind-blowing to realize that part of our brain doesn’t want our highest good as it’s motivator, it’s only focused on survival (aka save calories) & THAT’S IT.
SO WHAT DO WE DO??
FIRST: EXPECT THE TANTRUM. DON’T BE SHOCKED WHEN IT SHOWS UP.
SECOND: WHEN IT DOES SHOW UP, DON’T MAKE IT WRONG OR SHAME IT, QUESTION IT & TALK BACK.
It can sound something like this:
“Oh, I was expecting you to come, and whine and try and talk me out of working out
planning my meals or making choices to take care of myself. I was expecting you to show
up & not want to do things that are in alignment with my highest good because you just
want to conserve calories.You can whine that’s OK, but only until I get my gym clothes on &
am in the car. Then you’re done whining & I’m going to the gym. THE END.”
“You can whine survival brain, but I’m not eating that muffin, that cookie, that bread, those
chips, you can have them in 24 hours, but I’m not giving in to your reactive, survival
motivated tantrum. Love ya, BYE.”
We don’t have to do what it tells us. We don’t have to believe the survival scripts it’s sending us.
This is what I’ve had to do almost every day this week.
My brain kept whining, it’s too cold outside, wahhhhhhhhh.
It’s too cold to get dressed in work out clothes, wahhhhhhh.
GUESS WHAT, I WENT TO THE GYM ANYWAY, I TALKED BACK TO MY SWEET,
CALORIE CONSERVING BRAIN AND LET IT WHINE UNTIL I GOT MY SHOES ON.
AND WHEN I WALKED OUT THE DOOR I TOLD MY BRAIN :
“YOU’RE DONE NOW, I’M GOING TO LOVE ME & TAKE CARE OF ME & I’M GOING TO THE GYM. THE END.
You can do this too.
ARE YOU COMING??!
WARMTH, HUGS & LOVES TO YOU!
CANDY WRIGHT BURGOYNE, M.A.
CERTIFIED LIFE-COACH, WEIGHT-LOSS COACH, RELATIONSHIP & HEALING COACH
FREE YOUR JOY! COACHING