Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I had an amazing training today for work and my favorite one was this afternoon's emphasis on neuropsychology. We discussed neuroplasticity which is essence means that our brains literally change with every interaction we have. While sitting in this training I had a bit of an epiphany.
Think of your brain and the thoughts---->behaviors you engage in daily as neural highways. This is true of depression, anxiety, addiction and I think weight loss. For years I have been working on creating and maintaining neural highways in my brain revolving around unhealthy habits.
"I think I am sad so I eat a brownie" this creates and strengthens a neural connection kind of like driving down the highway. "I am tired so I wont exercise" another pathway fires and the pattern deepens. You can literally see billions of pathways being created in mere minutes.
So if these pathways are created and maintained over years like many of us have experienced. How easy will it be to re wire this thinking/actions? Not very.
It takes time, practice and a lot of effort to reshape the neural pathways into more helpful ones. Whether we are talking about changing depressive thinking or anxiety responses or even justifications related to food. Change is difficult but possible.
What this means to me and why I am blogging about it. It made the whole journey seem more possible and it finally clicked something in my brain. This is not going to change overnight. I'm doing brain stuff here! And that certainly takes time. If we have been driving down the neural highway on cruise control thinking the same unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts for the past 20 years then switching to a new healthy lifestyle is akin to using a machete to chop through the thick jungle of new and unexplored territory. Difficult and at times seemingly impossible but worth it in the end.
How exciting for me to see the exciting world of neuropsych in my weight loss journey. Okay, geek rant over. Thanks for tuning in haha