There are two directions I am interested in becoming educated in for the near future: weight loss and all things exercise. Yes, this is quite broad. I decided to target weight loss as my main area of concentration right now for two reasons:
1. I already have a foundational understanding of how to write fitness programs that capitalize on exercise—cardio and weightlifting. And,
2. As I have been training people and reading and learning as much as I can already, I am finding more and more that women need help in the food and nutrition category. Why? Because health and fitness centers around food so much, there is no way I can be a great personal trainer without educating myself on this so that I can help others. More specifically, since I want to help women feel good about themselves, and women often struggle with how they feel based on their weight, I need to learn about food, nutrition in general, and our attitudes (as a nation, and as individuals) around foods, eating and dieting.
As I’ve been scouring the net, one of the things I’ve been seeing is that the literature on these subjects takes two different approaches. First, and most common, I see all kinds of literature out there on how to solve our “weight problems” by looking at our food only.
Diet books, webinars, programs and whatnot are all over the place! You know that. You can choose a fad diet for every day of the week, the month—hey, I didn’t look but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can choose a new fad diet every day of the year. And not even fad diets. Even common sense, good balanced “diets” that aren’t really even diets are out there. If you want to learn it, you can learn it. It’s free for the taking if you are willing to do a little digging.
The second approach I’ve found as I’ve scoured the net is to look at our “weight problems” from an inner perspective. The psychology of eating. The psychology of food. These approaches look at why we eat what we eat. They talk about our inner conversations about food, or our relationship with food. They also talk about our spiritual situations as they pertain to food.
You know what I think?
I need to know both. Yeah, I need to understand the difference between a carb and a protein, a vegetable from a fruit and how much of all of them I should be getting. That’s the practical, need-to-know superficial stuff. That’s the easy stuff.
But I also need to understand the spiritual approach. The psychological approach that looks at our triggers to eating foods and our deep-seated reasons for overeating.
Why do I need to know both of these?
Because you need to understand both of these in order to be victorious in your health and fitness journey. Because you and I are spirits with physical bodies. We can’t do something to one without it affecting the other.
And I’m excited! I love learning in general, and now that I’ve found this passion and have a direction for learning, a reason for learning, there is so much more purpose to my reading and note-taking.
Over the next while, I will be studying the inner side of weight loss. If you have any questions, please let me know so I can keep my eyes open as I research, and hopefully find something. You can be sure if I do, I will write about it.
Rock on babies!