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Green tea on autophagy
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Coach’s Notes: Your Internal Self-Coach: Empowering or Destructive?
Terri Lance examines what you’re saying to yourself – and whether or not it’s helping
Most folks in this community have worked with a coach – maybe a health coach through IDM, a life coach, a tennis coach, a business coach, or any other kind. Typically, they serve as someone who helps teach, guide and prepare you for how you approach, perform or manage these areas in your life you’re looking to improve. But, ultimately, the most important coach any of us can connect with is our internal self-coach. That’s our inner source of information, support, guidance and nurturing.
Unfortunately, that’s often not a coach many folks have developed. Instead, their internal coach is critical, blaming, harsh and even abusive. There have been well-known coaches in sports who are most noted for their abusive treatment of the players… yelling, screaming, throwing chairs and even physically assaulting them. Many might see this and wonder why those players take it, or how the league accept this behaviour. Yet, all too often, no one stops to check just how their self-coach is treating them.
A nurturing and positive self-coach is supportive, resourceful and patient – while still holding you accountable. The self-blaming and shaming, self-deprecating self-coach will typically prevent you from feeling good and from making positive progress in your goals.
An example of how the role of self-coach could play in intermittent fasting might sound like this. If you’re struggling with whether to interrupt your day’s fasting hours by grabbing a snack, the negative self-coach says that you are ridiculous, weak, lazy and doomed to fail. It adds that if you do eat the snack, you’ll have to fast longer tomorrow to make up for this failure.
On the other hand, the more nurturing self-coach asks you what is going on that you want the snack, helps you explore your options and what resources you can use to keep fasting, and reminds you of the good that you are accomplishing for your body.
Only you can decide which coach you respond to best. But most research and experience indicates that when we are managed by the negative and punitive coach, we are less likely to feel good about ourselves and will remain stuck in a negative loop of behaviour patterns. When we can employ the more positive and empowering coach, we are more likely to feel better about ourselves and make steady progress toward our personal goals.
Get in on the Group Fast
There’s still time to sign up!
The next Group Fast begins Monday, April 12th and continues through Sunday, April 18 – but you don’t need to fast all seven days. You can choose any type of fast that suits you. Sign up on the Group Fast page and get ready!
Fasts are led by coach Brenda Zorn – who posts a video update each day, offering tips and tricks to help you get through. You can also connect with her and the rest of the IDM community on the IDM Forum, or post a comment or question after signing up for the fast on the Group Fast dashboard. Support and motivate each other. We’re in this together!