It’s getting close to that time of year when many of our thoughts will be pointed towards losing weight, getting in shape and living a healthier existence. Yes, we all know we should be doing it already but somewhere between January 1st and December 31st we get off track…and on track…and off track…and on track…you get the idea. In fact if you’ve ever struggled with your weight, you painfully get the idea.
So the question comes to me with overwhelming frequency, “How to I stop this brain damaging cycle?” It’s absolutely mind numbing, I know, to start and stop and start and stop over and over again. I know because I lived this my entire life. Unfortunately, I spend the majority of this time not even getting up the momentum required to start, much less start over and over again. You see it takes a lot of courage and energy and momentum to get going on a diet and even more to keep it going long term and it wasn’t until I gave up even trying that the answer came to me…you might say by accident but I say by purpose.
So what’s the secret?
It’s all in re-framing how you look at the entire proposition. You see, many people when thinking of weight loss are thinking of a complete lifestyle change, and overhaul. A taking of inventory, then throwing the vast majority of it out and bringing on a bunch of new habits and decisions and activities. This would be great if any of us could actually sustain those kinds of changes over the long haul. If you can’t, don’t feel bad. Just stand over here with the 97% of the rest of us who can’t do it either and let’s just find another way.
But life is a process and so will be your transformational journey. It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s not supposed to. When I was beginning on my 100lb+ weight release journey, I could never have looked at it as a 100lb thing that needed to be conquered. That was far too much for me to handle, especially when you consider my emotional and physical state of being at the time. No that was far too much. In fact, people ask me all the time, “How in the world did you lose 100lbs? It must have been very difficult and taken a ton of will power.” My reply is always the same…
“I didn’t lose 100lbs. I let go of 1lb over 100 times.”
Now that to me was easy and that is how I set up my process…to be easy.
And in that vein, how do you eat an elephant?
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Here’s to your health and well being,