Earn the right to listen to your body
We’re often told to listen to our bodies.
To eat or train intuitively.
To implement our health and fitness efforts based on how we feel.
Yet, there’s much value in having a plan.
Clear structure for moving toward our goals.
This is particularly true when just getting started.
When we haven’t yet learned what works best for us.
Unable to decipher conflicting thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Lacking clarity and confidence in times of ambivalence or uncertainty.
Can you tell true hunger from cravings?
Physical fatigue from emotional resistance?
Stress-fueled endorphins from restful energy?
If not, turning to undeveloped intuition might do more harm than good.
Earn the right to listen to your body.
Establish a mindfulness practice.
Tune into your body regularly.
Learn to recognize your thoughts and feelings.
What you’re feeling, where, and why.
What’s driving your needs and desires.
When your intuition has served you.
When it’s led you astray.
Have some self-compassion.
This will be a process.
It will take practice and patience.
If necessary, return to structure.
There’s no shame in seeking help.
Walk your path at your pace.
Intuitively, structured, or otherwise.
You’ve got this.
Originally published at https://coachroba.com on January 27, 2021.