We like Socrates. He knew a thing or two, so today he’s helping us with self-knowledge.
You’ve been given a LOT of information to absorb over these past few weeks of motivation Mondays, tech Tuesdays and theory Thursdays. Information about current ideas and research on what makes a healthy lifestyle, how to achieve an optimum weight and reduce the risk of long-term health conditions with nutrition and activity. You’ve read examples of how it worked for us.
Some of it you already knew, some of it goes against the grain (LCHF?) and some of it you knew and conveniently forgot. But what next?
Hopefully, it’s made you think. Think about the superhero inside you and how it can fly again.
But one thing is for sure, no other person’s exact regime will work for someone else. Yes, you can follow “Jessica Alba’s workout” if you like, but don’t think you’ll end up looking like her! Maybe you can use our stories to gain inspiration, but what you really need to go forwards is self-knowledge. You need a plan of your own.
Socrates thought life was not worth living without reflection. Next week we will start the coaching we promised, so this is the most important reflection corner. Reflect on what you’ve read, reflect how it made you feel. Reflect on the articles that made you all excited and ready to take on the world with a new approach, reflect also on those that made you feel worse, or guilty. Reflect on what you’ve done before and why it may have failed, reflect on things you did that worked – try to figure out why they worked. Try to figure out why you’re not doing that now?
Start to put together a menu of the healthy lifestyle options that make sense for you, with your personality, your lifestyle, your values and beliefs. If you haven’t done this quiz:
try it now, it might help you. If you turn out to be an “E”, you might need to take up a team sport or get to the gym or a class so you can workout with others. If you’re an “I”, you might suddenly realise why you never turned up to those exercises classes you booked and you might get the youtube fitness video bug or create your own “pain cave”.
If you’re a “J” you might suddenly realise you can get your spreadsheet out and plan your weekly activity schedule and you can get your coloured felt tips out & unpack the tupperware drawer and meal prep. to your heart’s content. If you’re a “P” you’ll realise that you need to have an environment where opportunistic activity can happen – running shoes by the front door, kettlebell on the stairs and that planning will just make you nervous.
So, put the kettle on, make a cup of green tea, sit up or potter about and “know thyself”.