Changing anything in my life is hard work. Whatever it is, from bedtime to getting-up time, from breakfast through bedtime snack, being consistent with the change is hard work for me. Even when I know how good the change will be for me, even when I DECIDE to make the change, it is still hard work.
Would you like to see how fast I can fill any timeslot of the day? I will decide to put something I dislike, am afraid of, or don’t want to do in there! Especially if it is different from what I usually do.
Exercise is so much like that. The body hurts when I don’t exercise. And the body hurts when I DO exercise. And some of us love exercise and some of us hate it, and some of us only hate one kind of exercise.
And the food. Changes in the food are really tough, because everybody who knows you well enough to know how you eat, will have something to say about any changes you are making. And we often eat with people who don’t know us well enough to comment effectively about the changes. And it is scary and difficult to make these changes. And often we are not sure we will get the results we want.
Exercise and food both are important self-care topics, but before we do that, I want to ask you about last week’s topic, I asked you to make four lists: things you are grateful for, things you want less of, more of, and your heartfelt goals. Then I offered for you to send me the lists, No one did. Not one person.
Why? Perhaps you did not want to make lists. Perhaps you are so happy with your lives that you want no changes. Perhaps you do not want your changes to have the risk of being discussed here. All are valid reasons. But perhaps you have had many experiences of not succeeding at changing your food or exercise choices. That is the most prevalent reason.
But let’s talk about food changes. Successful food changes are hard to achieve in America today, especially if you are reaching for healthier foods. The American food market is a treasure trove of high calorie, nutrient free, processed and man-made foods. The manufacturers are very clever about offering their products to us – they make it easy to find (they pay your market for prominent shelf space for their items), the packaging is attractive and colorful, the product is easy to prepare, and the product is designed to release neurotransmitters of pleasure in your brain. To make it satisfying. Who could ask for a better deal?
When you want to change to a healthier eating pattern, consider what you are up against. Understand that this new food plan may give you what you really want in your life – freedom! Freedom from bingeing, craving, starving, restricting, purging and so forth. And freedom from medications, illnesses and threats of harm to the body, and freedom to move easily through your life.
Wonderful joyful freedom.
Freedom from struggle and pain.
Freedom to be entirely yourself.
And you will want more good things, good times, good activities to enjoy instead.
I suggest you put them in first.
Please make time for YOU this summer.
Make time to do and be the person you want to be.
Make time to enjoy your life.
Make time to create and do the things you have always wanted to do.
It’s not too early, but don’t let it be too late.
Blessings to you,
p.s. – Last week I mentioned that I wanted to make a change in my prayer life. I made the change, but it was only 50% successful. The person who promised to help me became not available. I will try again this week.