One of my 3DMJ athletes poured her concerns to me yet again about how she is disappointed with her incongruent dietary behaviors.
Basically, she views herself as an athlete, but is not always acting like an athlete when it comes to her nutritional decisions.
This was obviously frustrating her because progress was not being made as quickly as she would hope, but it was especially devastating because it caused an identity issue.
This incongruence is normal for many struggling dieters, especially those like herself who are very familiar with how to manipulate their intake, have bodyweight goals, but are not necessarily preparing for a competition at the moment.
But lucky for us, this athlete is also very much in love with her gym time and her training. This made my coaching advice much easier to find, as I could use her athletic identity as a potential solution.
The attempted mind ninja-ing went something like this… [Read more…]