We’ve all heard the saying, ‘anything is possible.’ Usually, this phrase is used to instill a sense of hope and to provide a glimpse of wonderful things that might happen. Too often, I think our inner skeptic hears the phrase as a double-edged sword. We think, “Sure, anything good is possible, but it’s also possible that everything can fall apart, and isn’t that what happens to me more often than not?”
How do we focus on our goals when we get tons of input from so many sources? We talked about who we trust with regard to different aspects of our lives, such as movie recommendations, or childcare. When it comes to our bodies and our weight goals, are we letting the conflicting input from multiple sources sway us from one action step to another? Do we jump from one diet plan to another, one exercise routine to another, always hoping the next thing we try will be “IT,” the magic bullet, the thing that works?
When we talk about trust there are many different levels to discuss. Who do you trust to recommend a movie? Who do you trust to give you practical advice or solid feedback? Who do you trust to watch your kids? Who do you trust with your health? Who do you trust to always steer you wrong? Who do you trust to always pick the slowest checkout line? Who do you trust with your innermost thoughts, fears, and desires?
What is something you do well? I’m not talking about weight-related things. Name something in your life that you do well and you have no doubt that you’re good at it. Is it a sport? Is it something artistic? Is it a volunteer position leading other people, guiding children, inspiring community service?
As much as I believe in positive self-talk and looking at what’s good in our lives rather than dwelling on what’s not to our liking, I am also a firm believer in being honest with ourselves when things just aren’t going the way we’d like them to! So, let’s spend some time looking at the things that leave us feeling like we are not on the path to our joy and to our goals.
Does maintaining my body mean I have to always stay the right size and weight? Does it mean I can never do that super-fun sport in order to prevent bumps and bruises? Does it mean I have to eat only organic, responsibly grown food and never, ever eat a fast food meal? Does it mean I have to work out 3 hours a day and maintain a well-toned body that a model would be proud of? Does it mean I have to live with the fear and anxiety that one little thing I do can mess up my entire body forever and always? Does it mean I have to be perfect? Well that’s not what it means in my book! My idea of body maintenance is similar to maintaining self-esteem and joy. I do it with constant, positive reinforcement.
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