I had the opportunity to walk on fire and broken glass a few years ago. On both occasions, it was very nerve racking for me, with the walking on glass a little scary.
I watched a few other people walk on the glass before me, and all I could hear is the breaking of glass with each step that was taken.
Some of the pieces of glass were sharp. If you stepped on it you could potentially cut your foot.
Some of the pieces shifted as you placed your weight on it.
Some of the pieces broke under your foot.
With every step that is taken, you are getting feedback on the path you are on. With this feedback you are receiving, you can correct the path you step on.
If you stepped on the glass and felt a sharp pain from the glass, did you fail?
NO you certainly didn’t!
You got valuable information on what your next step should be – to shift your weight or step in another place.
You got FEEDBACK!
The feedback you have received is just information for you to make a decision.
When you walk on broken glass, you get feedback. That physical sensation you feel under your foot – sharp, painful, or uneven surface – guides you on what you should do next.
Same as when you are at the gym or on the sand at the beach. You have to constantly adjust to the feedback you are receiving. If you are on unstable surface or standing on one leg, you have to adjust to get your balance back, which means taking action to correct that.
Same with your eating habits. If you notice some red flags with something that you have eaten, that makes you feel bloated, or low on energy or not your best, that’s just feedback you are receiving.
Over time as you get to know yourself better, you build a database of feedback.
This is very important information you are receiving, as you will probably learn which foods trigger those not so good feelings.
It is all valuable information.
What you do with this information is very important also.
If you eat those extra hot, chili BBQ wings, dipped in more sauce, and feel crappy after, that is just feedback for you on what NOT to do next time.
If you decide to ignore the feedback you are receiving, you will continue to feel the way you are feeling.
You will make mistakes along the journey, but that does not mean you have failed.
You will make choices that did not work, but that does not mean you have failed.
What you have gained is valuable information of what does not work for you.
What to do next?
- Keep a journal and log all that you eat.
- Write how you feel just when you finish eating and also 30-60mins after you have done eating.
- Make a note of any foods that trigger that crappy feeling.
- Avoid eating those foods that make you feel crappy.
Be your own science experiment. You will learn so much about yourself.
Remember it is all information you are receiving. You now have to analyze that information to make better choices.
There is no “good” or “bad” choices, just better choices.
You are not failing, you are learning a better way to accomplish your desired outcome with your health and fitness.