365: Little Bitch Series: The Rut Dweller – and how she causes you to binge on carbs

Being a little bitch takes time. Being a little bitch is a compilation of really crappy thinking patterns that to your unconscious mind, serve a really good purpose – to keep you just as you are. The only problem is that our conscious mind, or the part of your mind that makes decisions wants to grow. Our mind is literally a battle zone every single day. (For in-depth instruction go to http://www.laurenherrera.com/363)

Both minds want to be in charge.

At Growth-U we have 7 distinct operating systems or patterns our unconscious mind will run when it senses you’re changing or growing. It’s a sabotaging behavior we are unaware of or are aware of but don’t know how to stop. In this and the next 6 podcast episodes I’ll be sharing with you what the patterns are and how you can change them…

I’ll help you put your big girl panties on.



A rut dweller feels overwhelmed by what she has going on or what she “should” be doing that instead of moving forward towards her goals, she sinks deeper into stuckness and yo-yo dieting.

Imagine being stuck in a muddy ravine or a ditch. You can see a bright beautiful sky right above you. You can see birds, flowers and trees. You can see a gentle breeze blowing through the branches and blades of grass.

But you can’t experience it.

You can see it, you know it’s there, but it’s not your experience.

You know it’s possible – but it isn’t your reality.

Your reality is literal mud. It’s sticky, it smells and you can’t move out of it.

When you’re in a rut you know what to do — but you can’t actually do it.


It’s knowing if you ate a serving of vegetables, drank at least a bottle of water or went on a daily walk you’d see changes in your body. It’s knowing that instead of snacking on chips you chose grapes, but you still can’t fucking do it! You feel overwhelmed with all the information out there, all the diets to choose from bounce around in your head that you have no idea which one to pick so you don’t actually do anything healthy!

I’ve been there – multiple times in a various areas of life!

Rut Dwellers reach for carbs!

When we feel overwhelmed by our to-do list or feel like we should be doing something other than what we are doing at the moment we get depressed. Our feel good brain chemicals get washed out by defeat — we feel like it’s too late for us to change. I mean, we’ve already tried every diet (for 4 days)! We feel like there isn’t hope for us and we missed the happy, successful boat. What is our brain going to do now!? It will find the fastest way to raise the feel good chemicals – endorphins…and it will do that through high glycemic carbohydrates.

It’s not that carbs are bad. Want to build beautiful muscle? You need carbs.


Carbs are detrimental when we don’t stress our muscles – when we haven’t earned them.

And that, eating an exponential amount of carbs out of pity is a binge, a yo-yo. You were doing so well on your eating plan that when your unconscious mind felt the change she was like, “oh hell to the no! YOU SUCK! Remember!? Remember all the times you tried and failed? This time is no different. You suck. You’ll never change. You’re an idiot, why would actually follow through this time?


And then, eat carbs.

Let’s. Put. On. Some. Big. Girl. Panties!

Like yesterday’s episode (laurenherrera.com/364) we’re going to use on of our six emotional needs. Did you forget what those needs are?

  • Certainty (what we used for the victim pattern)
  • Variety
  • Significance
  • Self-love/self-esteem
  • Growth
  • Contribution

The panties we’re going to put on today are the ones for growth. Now this is going to be a leetle bit tricky because we’re adding to a potential to-do list that leads to overwhelm..However, if we keep the growth small and daily-ish we will be able to get out of our rut.

First, imagine you’re stuck in a muddy rut. It’s thick, sticky, moist and you keep sinking. How can we get rid of some of this mud? We can add dirt to it! Say wha? Yes, you heard me. Add dry dirt to it, obviously from a friend who is standing outside of the rut and little by little that dirt will absorb moisture from the mud, the rut will get more and more shallow until you’ll walk your ass right out of that rut!

That dirt is your growth habits.

Growing, as an essential human need means we are developing, learning, strengthening, expanding, and cultivating ourselves.

Every time we add a glass of water to our day we are cultivating our healthy lifestyle.

Every time we listen to a positive podcast we are developing our growth mindset.

Every time we exercise daily, or even just 3 days a week we are strengthening our body.


Growing with small actions daily will get you out of the rut.

And when you’re out of the rut, in your power, you won’t be reaching for carbs!


You will start eating like a boss.


Listen to the episode, share with your friends and let me know how it impacted you!

(This episode was a combination of Growth-U’s Cycle of Performance teaching model and my 18 yrs fitness experience)




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