When I teach indoor cycling I teach, “The control you need on your bike comes from both the outside and the inside. From the outside, you have some resistance on the flywheel, or enough gear. From the inside, your control comes from developing your pelvic floor, and core muscles in order to stabilize your body in space.“ Following the inside/outside fundamentals your legs produce much more power.
Keeping Your Cup has many names these days, maybe calorie restriction (CR) or portion control. Unfortunately, the name doesn’t make it easier. It is just not easy to grow accustom to hunger. It requires developing fundamental stability. As in cycling, your stability in managing hunger comes from both the inside and the outside.
The Fill Your Cup Lifestyle addresses your outside resistance with the tangible cup. You limit your consumption to the size of Your Cup. Your two hands provide the boundary, the cup and based on your own human inch the cup is perfectly proportionate to your body. If you click on Portion Control in the tag cloud to the bottom/right of the website-blog page you can see all the blogs and even some pieces of the Fill Your Cup book that relate to Portion Control.
The Fill Your Cup inside piece is faith in your innate knowing and ability to make good choices. Inside is your freedom and creativity to Fill Your Cup however you want to. You have the power to choose from your own wisdom and knowing what makes you feel good. Whether you choose in the grocery cart or from a menu, honoring your own choices and recognizing what different foods feel like in your own body is magnificent and liberating. If you click on Intuitive Eating in the tag cloud to the bottom/right of the website-blog page you can see all the blogs and even some pieces of the Fill Your Cup book that relate to Intuitive Eating.
The part of the Fill Your Cup that is often the key to our ability to succeed when, the going gets tough blends the inside and the outside – our social network. My thin and healthy friends make my lifestyle easy to maintain. When we choose a walk over a lunch date, or an appetizer over a dinner plate we support each other’s lighter choices and all feel better in our clothes!
I know that it helps me to stay on track when I see my friend twitter her noon cup of chopped chicken salad when I am craving an afternoon snack. I realize if she is keeping the cup (and I’ve finished my noon cup) I can sip some herbal tea or water and engage fully in my life. I know from experience and keeping the cup day by day that my afternoon craving will fade. Can I call a friend; start a project and Fill my emotional cup more fully so I won’t stuff it with a snack? Yes of course. And so can you. Develop your social life your people you eat with, move with, and call for encouragement are invaluable. If you don’t have that in day-to-day life join our social network, and we will welcome you to our fraternity of light lean positive support!
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Practice every day, 3 times Fill your cup and know that we are all here cheering you on! We are in your corner!