Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
One of the biggest challenges I have encountered is getting my friends and family to change the terminology they use when talking about their fitness. Whether we realize it or not, words not only communicate our thoughts to others but also send a message to ourselves. Those messages are powerful and can either motivate you or sabotage you. It’s for this reason that the words I choose are both realistic and encouraging.
Not Diet – Live it! I do not use the word “diet” in relation to weight loss. Fitness guru Richard Simmons said many years ago, “it’s not a diet, it’s a live it” The word “diet” immediately evokes thoughts of deprivation – dry toast, bland tuna and lots of grapefruits.
Boring “healthy” foods or exciting “Power foods”: When people ask me how I maintain my weight I tell them that I eat anything I want in moderation while incorporating “power foods.” The term “power foods” is my way of saying healthy foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, oils. The word “healthy” is just not flashy enough for me so I choose to use a term that truly defines what these foods do for the body and the taste buds – power it up while tasting good.
Skinny or fit?: The word “skinny” has always made me uncomfortable because it conjures up images of waifish models parading on a stage with a far-out look in their eyes seemingly brought on my hunger. Being naturally slim is one thing but striving to achieve a weight that will not properly nourish your body is unwise. The word “fit” suggests to me that an individual has achieved their ideal body weight by eating well and exercise. They are strong and lean.
When it comes to my health and fitness I function best when I feel empowered and energized. By keeping my inner and outer dialog inspiring and strong I am better equipped to achieve all my fitness goals.
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