What minds do

Blog/What minds do

After almost 20 years working a dietitian, doing thousands of private coaching sessions, listening to my clients various trials and tribulations, I noticed something interesting.

That fundamentally, we’re all the same.

Our experiences are all very different. The exact details of our lives are also very different.
But underneath our stories and perceptions, we all work in the exact same way.

We all have a mind that chatters away all day long directing what we do, how we do it and deciding how we experience the world.

Our mind is telling us what to think, feel and do.
Most of the time we aren't aware that this is what's happening, as it's going on below our conscious awareness.

Let's see how this plays out in the realm of food and weight.
When wanting to losing weight, clients start on a regime. At first, they're so excited by the prospect of getting slimmer, feeling more comfortable in their clothes. They're doing well. Seeing results, then something happens.

Something happens and they stop.
They go to a wedding and overeat. They decide they’ve blown it and give up.
They’re at work. Someone brings in donuts and hands them one. They eat it. Then help themselves to another and think, oh well I've blown it now. And give up.
They’re eating well and moving more daily. Four weeks go by, then they get on the scales and the number hasn’t moved. Not even 100 grams. They give up.

We think what stops us is what we did, or what happened. But that's not what stops us.
What stops us is what we THINK about what we did, or what happened.

We tell ourselves all sorts of explanations and reasons why what we're doing isn't going to work or its all too hard or it's not fair and after all, we've done it all before, it was hard work and it never lasted anyway. So we may as well quit now. And we do.
Despite how well-intentioned or motivated we were at the start, we talk ourselves out of continuing.

This is normal human behaviour.

Our minds offer up all sorts of doubt and negative self-talk⁠. Thing is, we buy into it.
We believe it. Well it is coming from OUR mind after all, so it must be true, right? (err, no!)

So we quit.
And when we quit⁠, all the discomfort goes⁠ away and we get immediate relief.
But then a short while after, we start to realise that nothing has changed and actually, that's not so comfortable either.

⁠This is why working with a coach is so valuable⁠. A coach can help you through those times when you want to quit⁠. When it feels uncomfortable. When it all gets too hard and you want to give up⁠.

It’s the stops and starts on the way to getting the body you want that makes the journey so long.
And tiresome.⁠

Every human needs a coach, including you. If I’m not the coach for you, that’s ok. Please find a coach that fits your personal style and invest in coaching. Invest in you.

We all can achieve whatever it is we desire.
​And with a coach by your side, who knows what YOU are capable of.
​You may even surprise yourself. And wouldn't that be awesome!

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Hey! I'm Caroline

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