Amazing Changes Don’t Just “Happen”

You may start reading this post and think that an imposter has taken over.  Not so.  Just thought I’d be “real” with you today about how today started and what I do about it anyway.

I like to push “happiness” over “complaining”. I like to look at the sunny side of life and okay with people saying I live in “la-la” land….I’d take that land over “negative knob”.

But in any case, sometimes even the sparkiest of people have blips.  Yes, it happens.  Are you surprised?  You shouldn’t be.

What you should be surprised at, is how often it can creep up on us.  Do we blurt it out to the world?  Of course not!! We find a rebalance and move on, no matter what!!!  

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So, why am I sharing this with you today?  Simply because it’s real.  I’m human; just like you.  I have feelings, emotions, hormones, stresses, crappy days, etc…just like you.  What is the difference?  Not getting caught up in the negativity; like many people do.  I woke up this morning feeling bloated, tired, cranky and just not that happy. I noticed it in my mood, the way I carried myself and how I interacted with my family today.  I noticed it in my self-talk.  I started to seep in it.  UH-OH!  But guess what?  I “slapped” myself out of it and rebooted myself again.  It takes time and practice to perfect, but it can be your best medicine of your life!

Will you know about it?  Not usually, but today I thought I’d be honest and share.  I’ll also share what I plan to do about it.  Maybe another person would dwell in this “place” and just start complaining about how unfair life is; how they never get a break; how stress is just too overwhelming for them (cuz it obviously is singling THEM out! ha); how they should just stop trying since the changes that they are working on changing are  not even making a difference.

And that last sentence/thought is the most damaging thought you can have.

When you get to the point of “giving up”; that is usually the point that will make or break your results.  Have you noticed that you seem to get “stuck” in the same areas; time and time again?  Like a weight plateau, for instance.  You start a new diet or workout and your body starts dropping weight and inches and you feel great and then one day; BAM…it all comes to a screeching halt.

What happened?  Is it NOT working anymore?  NO!!!!  YOU are not working anymore. But what do most people do at this point? Give up.

How sad.  It’s only your body’s safety mechanism due to it’s “set point”.  It is comfortable here and instead of continuing to drop; it goes into protection mode so that you don’t starve to death.  (which isn’t really happening but what does your body know, anyway? lol)

It’s at these times (and doesn’t only relate to weight loss; any changes you are trying to make and get stuck at) that we need to persevere.  Think of a huge wall that you can’t go around. The only way to move forward is to climb over or crush through it.  What are you going to do?  Stop and go back home?

That may sound ridiculous but it’s what you do if you give up.

Here’s another analogy: (thank you, Mustafa!)…

Imagine you are driving in your car and happily humming along on the highway to your destination.  All systems are “go” and you are singing along to your favorite song on the radio.  All of a sudden, you see a car stopped in the middle of the road ahead and it’s hazard lights are blinking.  Uh oh!!  What do you do?  Options are:  slow down and stop behind the car; waiting for it to go again.  OR:  move to the left or the right of it and go around the car.  OR:  Step on the gas and go OVER the car.

Which did you choose?

In terms of your goals above, if you stop trying to change, you are literally “parking” yourself behind that car and waiting for some magical fairy to come and grant your wish of moving that car.  What are your other options? (take note that you have more than one option to move forward)  Obviously our car scenario has us going left, right or OVER the car but in terms of your goals, map out a plan of action to get un-stuck!!!  Yes, it really IS that simple to do.

But it’s also simple NOT to do.  What will you choose today?

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