For #transformationtuesday, I want to talk about a change in mentality. For many people, dieting and exercise is about restriction, self-loathing, fear and anxiety. I'd like to think my approach combats those ideas. If I had to sum up how I view things in one word, it'd be this: FREEDOM.
For me, it's not about exercise, it's training my body to be free. Free to move in many directions, without limitations. Free to learn anything and be anything. Dieting isn't about restriction. It's about freedom to eat anything and make it work for what I want. I don't have to skip the donuts, I just have to make them work in my world. I'm free to move about and make decisions for myself. I'm not stuck in any movement or food world I don't like.
All that freedom leads me to control. I love being able to literally control my body while I'm on my hands, upside down (well, I'm getting better at it). I can also control all the decision processes. What to eat, what to train, what I like. It's in my power.
It's all a process, slowly and steadily moving toward more freedom. It takes diligence and persistence. It requires consistency and effort. Most importantly, it takes time. Patient application of a few principles lead to large changes IN THE LONG RUN! I have to fight my "all-or-nothing" and "quick fix" mentality. Slip-ups happen. Motivation waxes and wanes. But I try to just keep coming back to it.
Often you have to choose between the discomfort of a following a training/diet program or the discomfort associated with ignoring your body's needs for quality movement and food. Each choice enjoys certain freedoms. We just have to realize it's for us to decide and choose wisely. #handstand #handstandseveryday #macros #flexibledieting #ifitfitsyourmacros #iifym #rffym #freedom #movement #patience #persistence #fitness