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You've taken the Rewired fitness personality test and found that your predominant personality type is the Feeler. Congratulations! This is the first step toward a new you.
As a Feeler, you're up against unique challenges that may cause you to lose track of your fitness goals. I'm here to help you overcome these challenges and put the best parts of your personality to work for your goals.
I don't want to change who you are. I want help you embrace who you are so you can make calculated and informed changes. Armed with the information below, you'll never have to repeat a short-term transformation again. You'll be able to reset, rebuild, and rewire your fitness life.
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Once you determine which issues keep you from achieving your fitness goals, you can learn how to conquer them. Here are some of the biggest obstacles Feelers have to overcome:
Because you're sensitive to your environment, external things can easily impact your motivation. Maybe it's something as simple as the weather outside, or even something somebody said to you. Things that happen at work or with your family can hinder what you do in the gym and sway what you choose to eat.
Emotional Ties To Unhealthy Food
Feelers often have emotional ties to unhealthy food because they associate food with happy memories or positive experiences. Maybe your mom cooked for you when you were sick and it really cheered you up. Because you have that positive association with your mom's comfort food, you'll eat it when you feel down to lift your spirits. Obviously, eating "comfort food" can have a negative impact on your fitness goals.
Feelers may also use alcohol to escape or relax when they feel stressed or depressed. Excessive alcohol consumption can drop your energy levels, influence your nutritional choices, and hinder your results in the gym.
Feelers can also feel self-conscious about how they look and what they do in the gym. Instead of focusing on the workout itself, Feelers may be overwhelmed with stress because they're more worried about what the people around them might be thinking or saying.
Erratic Fitness Programming
Another potential fitness obstacle for the Feeler is a trial-and-error plan. Many Feelers just wing their fitness program and don't see good results because their workouts are erratic rather than systematic. Good, effective fitness programs are created with purposeful steps so each day builds upon the next.
As a Feeler, you may get frustrated when your workout doesn't go as well as you thought it would. You may also struggle to get motivated, which can keep you from pushing yourself and leave you in a hole before you even begin to transform.
Now that we've identified some of your potential pitfalls, here are some of the ways you can transform them into positive behaviors.
New Food Associations
One of my weaknesses is cheesecake. I really like it, but I also know it isn't good for me, so I try to switch up my association. Whenever I'm tempted to eat cheesecake, I think about all the ingredients inside it. The average serving of cheesecake contains roughly 28 grams of fat. Now, that thought alone doesn't emotionally impact me to change my association, so I picture those 28 grams of fat as two tablespoons of lard. That nasty image disrupts the positive associations I have with cheesecake.
But you can't stop there. You have to replace the negative image with a positive association. After passing on cheesecake, I have to remind myself how good I feel about eating something healthier. Every good decision you make—however small or seemingly insignificant—makes a difference. Small, positive choices will ultimately lead to your final goal.
It's important, though, never to completely deprive yourself. The Rewired nutrition plan includes strategic cheat meals to help you build and maintain a healthy relationship with food. Even after the next nine weeks, your nutrition plan should always include some treats throughout the week that you can look forward to. Just make sure you stick to cheat meals instead of cheat days.
Fight Self-Consciousness with Education
Being overly self-conscious is one of the easiest pitfalls to overcome. More than anything, feeling confident in the gym comes down to education. Find an experienced lifting partner to walk you through the gym, show you how to use the equipment, and train with you for added physical and emotional support. Partnering with a Socializer is an easy way to accomplish this.
Another great way to feel more confident in the gym is to do some research. Use Bodybuilding.com as a resource to learn more about training , nutrition, and supplementation. The Rewired program will teach you a great deal about these topics, but you can further extend your knowledge by reading daily articles and actively searching for new information. When you know more about fitness, you'll feel much more confident about it.
Stick To A Program
Instead of walking into the gym and training whatever you feel like, it's important that you follow a program. The Rewired Trainer is a great place to start. The biggest caveat is that you have to stick to every aspect of the complete program. You have to trust the program to accomplish your goals and transform your weaknesses.
Once you've made the decision to stick to a program, grab a notebook and start tracking your workouts, your body fat, how you feel, and more. As a Feeler, it's especially important to track your fitness accomplishments so you don't get discouraged or feel like you're not making progress. Tracking your measurements, progress photos, weight change, and emotions will help you see your personal progress.
If your workouts are erratic based on your pre-training emotional state, then it's important to create a pre-training ritual. Queue up your favorite song, drink your favorite pre-workout, or watch your favorite YouTube video—as long as it's a routine you can do consistently, it will help you get in the right mindset before you train.
Make Exercise Your Stress-Reliever
If you're having a stressful day and you usually rely on alcohol to relax, try making exercise your stress-relieving activity. Working out instead of sitting on the couch with a beer will make you feel much less stressed, much happier, and ultimately much healthier. By actively replacing an unhealthy behavior with a healthier choice, you won't feel deprived and your entire quality of life will improve.
The Next Step
Before jumping into the program, I'd like to encourage you to take some time to reflect. You should also watch some of the other fitness personality videos because we all have a little of each personality type. The more you know about yourself, your potential challenges, and how to use your personality traits to your advantage, the more successful you'll be.
After you view the personality videos, watch the Clean Slate video. In it, you'll learn the tools and tips to help you achieve your goals. From there, you can begin the complete Rewired program, get in the gym, and let the fun begin!
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