Do You Let Your Emotions Get the Better of You?

I love this quote by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon:


“Clear decision-making is impaired by emotion and optimized in a space of neutrality.”


As a personal trainer, I’ve seen it all – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. And one thing that constantly comes up is the impact of emotions on our fitness journeys. Whether you’re striving for weight loss, muscle gain, or just overall health and wellness, emotions can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.


How can emotions can get the better of you and derail your progress?


  1. Emotional Eating: We’ve all been there – stress-eating a tub of ice cream after a rough day or diving into a bag of chips when we’re feeling bored. Emotional eating is a slippery slope that can sabotage even the most well-planned nutrition strategy. Learning to recognize your triggers and finding healthier ways to cope with emotions is key to staying on track.


  1. Skipping Workouts: Feeling tired, overwhelmed, or just plain unmotivated? It’s easy to skip a workout when your emotions are calling the shots. But consistently missing workouts can set you back and make it harder to reach your goals. Remember, exercise is not just about physical strength – it’s also about mental resilience. Pushing through those tough days can be incredibly empowering.


  1. Negative Self-Talk: Ever catch yourself saying things like, “I’ll never be able to do this,” or “I’m not good enough”? Negative self-talk can crush your confidence and prevent you from reaching your full potential. Instead of letting your emotions dictate how you perceive yourself, practice self-compassion and focus on progress, not perfection.


  1. Overtraining: On the flip side, some people turn to exercise as a way to escape their emotions, leading to overtraining. Pushing your body too hard without proper rest and recovery can lead to burnout, injury, and setbacks. It’s important to find a balance between challenging yourself and listening to your body’s signals.


  1. Stagnation: Emotions like fear and doubt can keep you stuck in your comfort zone, afraid to push past your limits and try new things. Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. Embrace discomfort as a sign of progress and trust in your ability to overcome challenges.


So, what can you do to keep your emotions in check and stay on track with your fitness goals?


  • Practice Mindfulness: Tune into your emotions and learn to observe them without judgment. Mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help you stay present and make more conscious choices.


  • Seek Support: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, coaches, or a mental health provider if you’re struggling with your emotions. Having a support system in place can make all the difference.


  • Set Realistic Goals: Break your goals down into smaller, achievable steps and celebrate your progress along the way. Your PBF coaches are really good at helping out with this! 😉 Smart goals will help you stay motivated and focused, even when emotions threaten to derail you.


Remember, your fitness journey is just that – a journey. There will be ups and downs, twists and turns. But by learning to navigate your emotions and staying committed to your goals, you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way.


Stay strong, stay focused, and keep moving forward!


~ Coach MJ 😊