So there I was, typing away at another blog post. A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Motivating Yourself to Workout. I could feel the imposter syndrome crawling up my spine. But the worst was that I knew it wasn’t a syndrome. I was an imposter. The definition of those who can’t do, teach.
My Old Blog
So how did I get from overweight health blogger to thinner and happy with my weight Life Coach? I promise no long winded story about my childhood so I’ll start with the blog. Not the one you are reading now. But my old blog.
A few years ago I had another blog. This was before the podcast, the Life Coach training and the Health Coach training.
It was focused on health in every sense of the word. Physical, mental and financial. I had spent years researching health and wanted to share my information with the world. But I had a dirty little secret that I hid behind old pictures of myself and stock photos of others who were young and more fit. I was overweight while I was writing my blog.
Not Exactly A Beacon of Health
My health was in pretty bad shape as well. Partially to years of heavy drinking at parties and bars. And due to years of living off “diet” processed food and then to years of overeating at some of NYC’s best restaurants.
My waist had grown and my gut had been severely impacted. IBS they called it. I wouldn’t learn until later that a host of symptoms from anxiety to eczema to rashes and chronic fatigue had to do with several issues related to my stomach and gut (none of which were “IBS”). But that’s a story for another time.
I got into health blogging due to my curiosity about I had so many health issues and why I couldn’t just stop eating when I started. No matter how much was on my plate there was this flashing message going on in my mind that told me to finish it. And don’t get me started on anytime there was free food available.
By the time I started the blog, I had been struggling with my weight for over 15 years. And I had been in depth researching health topics for over 5 years. I truly felt like I knew it all.
My desk at work was cluttered with powders made from superfoods and rare herbs. I had teas for almost every reason. I had opened my mind to all the possibilities of natural alternative healing because modern medicine and traditional calorie counting had failed me.
I tried diets for weight loss and for treating my symptoms. But I couldn’t stick to anything long enough to get down to the weight I wanted. And I would gain it back quicker than I could even enjoy it.
The more knowledge I gained, the less anything would change. I was almost addicted to researching health. I’d get a little dopamine hit every time I found a new health topic to write about. But, I couldn’t get myself to consistently adopt healthy habits.
The issue wasn’t lack of knowledge. My issue boiled down to this one concept…
GI Joe Fallacy
The cartoon GI Joe had a saying, “knowing is half the battle”. On the surface it seems it’s true. I need to know what to do in order to succeed at something.
But it’s called the GI Joe Fallacy for a reason. It’s a myth.
You can know all there is to know about a topic but unless you’re out there putting it into action, knowledge does you no good. Knowing is a very small part of the battle.
This is why I was an overweight health blogger. I had researched health, especially healthy eating, for over 5 years at the time I started the blog. I had read the blogs, the books, the scientific studies. None of it made me any skinnier or healthier.
I had the answers but I couldn’t figure out how to consistently take action on them. And I wasn’t alone.
Let me guess, you know the answers to the following questions:
- What’s healthier, broccoli or a bagel?
- Is ice-cream an important food group?
- Is eating until you’re uncomfortably full good for your body?
We like to make eating super complicated. Because if we had the right information, we would know what to do, right?
And the thing is, we know how to lose weight in a healthy way. Eat mostly whole foods and stop when you’re full. That’s it. One sentence.
Minor tweaks can be made to how much and what types of whole foods are right for your body but that isn’t the hard part.
The issue isn’t that we don’t know what we need to do. It’s that we aren’t putting it into action to figure out how to do it in a sustainable way. The hard part is learning how to put it into action every day.
Taking Action That Gets You Results
What if you asked yourself, how can I make healthy eating easier to do? Or, how can I make it something I can consistently do for life?
Your brain is powerful. It can answer a ton of questions. Including these. And by asking these questions you come up with plan A for sustainable healthy eating. But just like I mentioned before, action is how you overcome the GI Joe fallacy. So you’ll have to put plan A into action.
If plan A doesn’t work, you can then reevaluate.
- What worked?
- What didn’t work?
- What would I do differently?
This will give you plan B to put into action.
And you may have to try all the way until plan Z. But if you keep taking action and learning from your mistakes, you will create a weight loss lifestyle instead of a diet. A way of eating and living that you can do for life. But you’ll never figure it out if you’re just focused on the knowledge part of it.
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