Hello dear friends,
First off, thank you and welcome to my new commentors and readers. Please tell all your cyber friends, all your real world friends and anyone you love or care about, who might need a little support on their weight loss journey, that this blog is here. Thanks in advance!!
Okay so on with today’s topic. The following is an adaptation of an article I wrote for an ezine, so please forgive it’s somewhat ‘matter of fact’ kind of tone. I prefer, here on this blog, to write in a more informal and conversational way, but for today….something a little different. Can’t have people pigeon holing me, now, can I ? Don’t answer that! Anyhow on with the show….
Avoiding Weight Loss
Most of us avoid change. It’s kind of part of the whole ‘being human’ thing. Instead of doing things differently, we seek familarity. Instead of discovering new ways, we fall back on old ways. Instead of a little bit of pain and discomfort, we seek the comfort and safety of ‘sameness’.
If we are in a ‘good place’ and life is just as we want it to be then that is great. No need to change what is already working. If that is you then there is no need to read any further.
If however, you are like the multitudes of people that do desire positve change but are a little afraid or unsure if you should ‘go for it’, then perhaps the rest of this post may help.
First of all let’s take a look at the things we often do instead of taking the steps to improve/change our situation. One common behaviour is to blame something or someone (our jobs, our past, our parents, our friends and even our families) for the things that we want to change, but never get around to. I used to do it all the time. Had a Masters Degree in Blaming Others and often put it to use. Eventually though I saw the futility of using my emotional energy this way. Slowly I began to take personal responsibility for the things I wanted to be change.
The Heartache of Being Overweight
I guess it doesn’t really need to be said, but I will anyway -“avoiding change eventually takes it’s toll emotionally and physically”. You may lack energy, you may succumb to illness more often and you may complicate underlying medical problems. Eventually, if you wait long enough you might even find yourself in a doctor’s office, feeling confronted and fearful and wondering how you got there.
So why wait till then? Change is possible NOW.
Althought medical authorities, dieticians and nutritionists will all emphasize dietary and lifestyle change as the place to start, I always find it more helpful and effective to first take a look at the state of our minds and hearts, as this is the place where real change originates from.
Creating negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself can slowly diminish that very important part of all of human beings, our self worth. At this point, changing diets or lifestyle becomes extremely difficult to implement.
Many well known weight loss programs do not address this crucial part of achieving weight loss.
To get yourself started on the road to greater physical and emotional health, why not take some time to review the following ideas for implementing positve change to your world.
Affirmations are a great way to change a negative mindset. Some methods posited include standing in front of a mirror and addressing your subconscious with powerful, positive messages. It may seem strange at first and it is really not neccessary to do it in front of a mirror, if that makes you uncomfortable.
Repeated affirmations like “I feel good today” or “I am a unique and special person, I am on my way to positive change” or similar can lead, not only to ‘feeling better’ , but also to outward behavioural changes. Or instead of ‘I ate a whole block of chocolate today, what a hope have I got for change’, try ‘I may have overeaten today, but I am still a worthy, lovable and creative person’ or ‘I am working toward change and I congratulate myself for my new awareness. I am on the path to positive change.’
Why not try this new practice for yourself ?
Often this type of thinking is rejected by some, who have come to believe that taking control of your internal voice, is all some sort of mumbo jumbo. If you yourself believe this, then you may be a ‘hard egg to crack’, but why not have an open mind and try it. Let me know what happens!
I will close with these few thoughts for your reflection. I think they are kind of relevant to what we are exploring here.
What you think, you create.
What you feel you attract.
What you imagine, you become.
Ciao friends. Have an awesome day!