It’s fairly self-evident that there are consequences to each and every choice we make. We are aware that if we choose to change jobs, that would be a big choice, and the resulting changes would be very noticeable.
In addition to expanding our awareness of how many choices are available to us, we want to expand our ability to be less judgmental about the choices we make. Here again, we tend to have a black and white, good or bad, default thinking about the choices we make.
The next several blogs are going to be about choice. Much of my background in learning to make conscious choices came from the book, “Illusions” by Richard Bach. The basic premise is that when we make a thoughtful, conscious choice that we can give a 100% ‘yes’ to, there are no right or wrong choices, no good or bad choices. Each choice we make has consequences and based on our experience of those consequences we may make the same or a different choice the next time, but we always learn and grow.
“I want to drop 10 pounds before my class reunion in X months.”
“I’m going on a trip next summer and I want to lose 25 pounds by then.”
Have any of you ever made a statement like that, or set a goal with a deadline? Setting a deadline to hit a weight loss goal can be very complex. We are making changes that we want to last for a lifetime. We are changing the way we talk to ourselves, the way we think about food, the way we view our bodies, and the way we make choices on a day to day basis. We are changing our go-to thoughts and go-to actions on a fundamental level.
As much as we are eager to make changes that will make our lives better and happier, the people around us can be threatened by our changes. Very often, the people closest to us want us to remain the same. They will often think that our desire to change ourselves, implies that we want them to change also.
Continuing with our theme of “Change,” we talked about the fact that, on some level, all of us are here to make changes. We will make some physical changes to our bodies and we want to make some changes of habit. We talked about not trying to change all at once, but to take it in small, incremental pieces, and to be sure we have some support and guidance while we are making those changes.
Each of us comes to weight management with our own set of unique goals. Some of those goals are short and easy. Others are long-term goals and may seem more intimidating. The thing we all have in common is that in order to meet our goals, we have to make some changes.
How does it feel to backslide? And that can mean anything from actually gaining weight to having a week where we feel like we’ve really been getting with the program, but the results on the scale don’t reflect that. Maybe we lost weight, but not as much as we thought we should have. What kinds of feelings do we have and what thoughts go through our heads?
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