Sunday, June 09, 2013
As I shared in my last blog entry, I was asked for weight-loss advice recently. I told the person that I could talk about what I'm eating and what I'm not eating, but my biggest tips have to do with behavior. I talked about finding a foundational habit and building on it (in my case, that's exercise).
My other advice is to be willing to change. I notice that so many of us, myself included, are often quick to throw up reasons why we can't do something new, before we've even tried. Sometimes we're just afraid of the change that has to happen if we want different results. Who would we be if we changed too many behaviors, too many habits? Who would we be without our familiar struggles? Who would we be without our usual beliefs and attitudes?
But if we want to look and feel different, if we want to change how we are in the world, we have to change on the inside, too. So, I said to be okay with change. Be okay discovering you don't really want certain foods anymore. Be okay getting thinner and healthier (sometimes we have some fear about those changes). Be okay letting go of old habits and customs and assumptions. Be okay discovering what else is out there for you.
Willingness to let myself grow and change has been crucial to this process for me.
In the end, it's not just a "diet," it's a process of discovery. Let it change you.
"To improve is to change." -- Winston Churchill