Identify Triggers For Added Success

22 Jul

Nutritionally speaking, making a lifestyle change can present many challenges. One of which is simply not getting knocked off track throughout the course of a day, week, month or year. The best of intentions can take a quick turn for the worse, and in some cases completely derail a person’s efforts.

Personally, I have fought some heated battles with my nutrition. Retrospectively, my initial weight loss back in 2004 was done in a severely unhealthy manner. I was way too restrictive, and the repercussions of such led to many years of battling binge eating episodes, and a very negative relationship with food.

As I grow, I have learned that from every negative there are positive lessons learned. Additionally, I have learned that we are given the opportunity to share our experiences, and in doing so we can help others. In fact, I think it is imperative that as people we make it a point to share these lessons. Many people hate on the present forums such as blogging, or social media. Some claim the lack of privacy makes nothing personal or sacred. I see them as a unique opportunity to reach tons of people with my experiences. In being open, I know I can help someone; I’ll take it.

The greatest lesson in regaining a positive relationship with food, and myself, was identify the triggers that ultimately led to destructive behaviors. Identifying triggers is not easy. It means that we must be consciously aware of what’s going on. Moreover, we have to be emotionally aware in a moment of emotional turmoil. Trust me, if you can actively identify the choices you make that lead to more “inactive” choices (if you will) you are going to put a lot of issues to rest. You can totally make it happen, it starts with giving it a try.

In terms of your nutrition, start paying attention to what went down before you ultimately strayed off the path. These can be items you chose to eat, or environments you chose to place yourself in. Interestingly, these might also be things you chose not to eat, or activities you chose not to do.

Personally, I can identify certain food choices that lead to strayed eating. I can also think of many situations that cause stressors that lead to poor choices. To name a few: protein bars, and various “healthy snacks” often cause me to eat anything and everything in sight. Furthermore, taking on too many responsibilities, or ignoring things I don’t “want” to take care of, never fails to cause enough stress to make less than great choices.

How do we deal with these triggers?

Discipline is a tricky concept. The tough guy in us wants the ability to deal with anything, and everything. We view discipline as this macho ability to say yes or no when and where we want to; no matter what. It doesn’t work like that for the majority of us. Instead, we should view discipline as the ability to not put ourselves in tricky situations. For example, don’t keep trigger foods around, even if deep down you want the ability to manage their consumption. Likewise, if you’ve identified things you do, or don’t do, that cause stress, take action in order to avoid these situations.

As I mentioned earlier, the act of identifying triggers and avoiding them isn’t easy. Be aware, review the breakdown and learn from it. Take small steps towards putting yourself in better places to succeed. Change isn’t always easy, but if it’s warranted, it’s worth the effort.


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3 Responses to “Identify Triggers For Added Success”

  1. Nicholas St John Rheault July 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Nice article Greg….

    In life we have ups and downs hourly, weekly, monthly, and even sometimes yearly. It’s amazing how we as individuals can choose to better one’s self or worsen one’s self. As you stated “…Take small steps towards putting yourself in better places to succeed. Change isn’t always easy, but if it’s warranted, it’s worth the effort.” This summarized how great people such as yourself, are always giving back through various ways but not only limited through Strength and Conditioning.

    • gregtrainer July 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Thanks Nick. Your dedication to your boys, and your own improvement is pretty amazing as well!


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