How Knowing Your Weaknesses Helps You Reach Your Goals

infp, Weight Loss
chamomile tea with flowers

Maybe it’s because it’s January, maybe the new year gets me, but I’ve been all about reaching my goals this month.  Through the strengthfinder quiz, I discovered one of my biggest weaknesses is focus. My mind can identify 20 different possibilities for a problem, but actually focusing on one of them for the long term is very difficult for me.  So I hired a personal trainer to help me, her job isn’t to teach me to workout or to eat well, although she is super knowledgeable in those areas.  Her job is to keep me accountable and focused, because when it comes to weightloss, steadfastness might count more than self-discipline.  Just doing the same easy but difficult things day after day.  Exercise/eat well, exercise/eat well……

She had me sign up for the myfitnesspal app and she wants me to record everything; it is helping.  It is making me more calorie conscious and it is so hard to be honest on there when I eat something I shouldn’t, but it is working and knowing someone else is seeing it and encouraging me is working for me.

My other weakness is that I’m a people pleaser, but if you know this about yourself, you can use it to your advantage.  I want to please my fitness trainer but I couldn’t care less about pleasing myself when it comes to not eating when I’m hungry.  I know; crazy, but if you’re a people pleaser too, you’ll totally understand where I’m coming from.

Some things I’m doing that are working:

-making exercise simpler, a 20-minute video is good enough, it’s below zero outside. I don’t have to be a runner in freezing cold Kansas.

-cooking big meals on the weekend and eating the same thing all week long.

-asking for help, my mom is helping me out right now with childcare and chores while I’ve taken on an intense class

-almond milk hot cocoa, every night for my after 8 snack.  (cocoa powder/protein powder/erythritol-stevia sweetener)

-spending money on health instead of new clothes.

-the kids’ yoga videos on Amazon prime are adorable and fun, the grown-up videos are pretty awesome too.


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