Micromanaging is annoying. Think about the micromanagers in your life. Your boss, your parents, maybe even your partner (but I sure hope not). Micromanaging isn’t helpful to whatever you’re trying to do, doesn’t get you anywhere, and it most definitely didn’t freaking work. It especially doesn’t work when you try to micromanage your body.
Why you shouldn’t micromanage your body:
Here’s the thing, and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings here but – we aren’t that smart. Comparatively speaking. We are not that dang smart in comparison to our body and its functionalities. There are so many things our body does that isn’t even on anyones radar yet.
Yet, we try to so hard to be smarter than it.
To manage what goes into our bodies by counting calories.
To weigh, measure and count every little morsel that passes our lips.
Stressing out about each said morsel – then wondering why we can’t lose weight.
If we were meant to micromanage our bodies, our tongues would be calculators.
Seriously, that would be the case. We would have an internal clock or calculator computing each math equation. Alas, we don’t.
We don’t because it’s not necessary.
Our body tells us everything we need to know – over the years, we just forgot how to listen. This is in part to our environment growing up, our belief system, our habits, etc. I mean the list goes on.
Instead of counting we need to learn how to listen.
Ways to listen to your body:
Learning and listening to your hunger and fullness cues.
Rest when your body says it needs it, rather than pushing through.
Managing your stress.
Realizing you aren’t your thoughts.
Being in tune with your emotions, and learning how to deal with them.
Recognizing that the urge to overeat is simply from an instant gratification standpoint, not something that will actually make us feel good.
Making food choices out of self respect and trust.
… and so much more.
This is a great start! And a way to go about stepping away from micromanaging your body is to choose 1-2 things to focus on at a time to avoid overwhelm. Want to learn more about how to listen to your body? Contact me here and tell me your struggles – and let’s talk!