Just like any other desire or intent we have in our life, we're often not 100% committed to the change. The comfort of old patterns and beliefs keeps us with the pedal to the medal and the brakes on at the same time. Bringing awareness to what you resist about change can help you get clear to really go after your goal with real excitement.
Uber helpful to have a coach or friend to air what's holding you back. There's often a treasure trove of old memories, assumptions, traumas, family relationship issues, how you relate to your body and food, bad experiences with "dieting" and other lurking skeletons hiding out diminishing our readiness to GET SHIFT Happening. Sometimes it's a lack of confidence in your ability to take on the change -- that's where a support group or buddy can make all the difference.
Here's an example from someone who looked at the Fat Loss program I work with for my clients and at first said "NO way" to herself. The thoughts and memories that circled through her mind: She would have to change what she was drinking through the day and didn't think she would like it. She didn't want to give up sweets, chips, and pizza. She didn't want to miss out on the special family treats of caramel corn and peanut brittle. She didn't think she could really eliminate sugar. Here was her motivation that had her on a yes - no seasaw: STRESS had caused havoc for her in a variety of ways -- it caused a major health issue 45 years earlier that had her on medication. (Many medications while helping with symptoms, don't get to the underlying cause and can deplete your body of minerals and vitamins and throw off other regulating processes in your body.) Case in point is that every 6 months, she had to get her liver function tested to make sure no harm was done. She had lifelong sleep issues, had lost her son, and her husband had brain surgery followed by 10 months in rehab before he came home. She put on 10 lbs. in one month after he came home. She went for her yearly physical and told her doctor, if she could only get a handle on her cravings. The doctor looked at her and said: SUGAR IS POISON AND IT WILL KILL YOU, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.
Somehow she overcame her resistance and "got with the program." Here;s the happy side 4 months after getting engaged with and following the program. Cravings disappeared immediately! She lost 10 pounds but 35 inches!! (meaning she gained some lean and loss lots of fluffy fat.) After 3 months, started sleeping better for the first time. Her constipation as a result of her medication ended!
So, what have you got to lose? What's your motivation? What's your back story? What are you resisting that might be eensy teensy hurdle to get over or big and bold? What support do you need to jump in to action?
Melanie dropped 60 pounds and lots of inches, now comfortable in her body and bending and lifting a breeze. Happy Trails to you!
Let's get physical. Ever wonder why you hear about that many conductors live long? One theory is that they're doing frequent upward movements of their arms, often for hours a day. Doing upper body movements are great for your lungs and heart and cardiovascular system as your muscles expand and open the lungs. Your heart is pumping strongly and bringing blood and nutrients to flow through your body. Great for the brain and focus too with so much circulation of energy.
#1. Do 100 conductor movements a day -- I often do that when I'm walking, swinging arms up to the sides and down and then up in front of my body. Always feels uplifting!
#2. Do slow deep breathing through your nose where exhale is twice as long as inhale. (Great to do before you eat to bring your focus to your meal and optimize digestion.)
#3. Get sweet spot amount of sleep 7-8 hours,
#4. Laugh to increase blood flow
#5. Eat plentiful servings of magnesium rich foods such as leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
#6. Drink 1-3 cups of dark roasted organic coffee daily. New info to me this year! (Best to have a good serving of fruit to start your day--wait 20 minutes to digest and then have your cuppa joe!) Lots of new evidence that coffee can be helpful for heart health. If you're not a coffee fan, just try 1/4 cup and see how your fare.
Contemplate and bless.
1. Pause in your day, put your hands over your heart and go on a gratitude fest. Recall the people in your life who have been there for you and supported you in many ways. Consider animals too that have been there to bring you love and nurturing. Bless them all and amplify those blessings to all beings who are suffering, bringing them whatever they need. (You create the blessing that resonates for you.)
2.Pour love and appreciation into YOU. Many of us have shunned our bodies and judge ourselves harshly. Time to pile on heaps of self love! Appreciate your body and all the miraculous ways it supports you in every moment. Whatever emotion arises, embrace and send it love.