One of my favourite songs ever is by Jim Croce called “The Hard Way Every Time”. Great melody and simple lyrics - mindblowing combination.
It royally sucks when some flash of brilliance strikes me, only to discover that somebody else had the same thought, and usually before me. Piffle. I’ve been doing a lot of reading/listening lately about the psychology around/under/over and behind weight loss, and the resulting healthy body status. Funny, or more like unfunny, how I have to work through the whole thought process for myself and couldn’t just learn it by listening to other people. I gotta do it the hard way!
I’ve mentioned Jade Teta & company at Metabolic Effects before. Another gem was delivered yesterday.
Someone who will make the change says: "I am figuring out what works for me" OR "I was not getting results so I altered the process...." OR "I have found that I really like the process of learning my body......" OR "It is a little slower this way, but I am slowly learning" OR "I know I can't ever go back to the way I lived and I don't want to......"
The differences in these statements illustrates whether the person has gotten the insight that real body change requires a permanent lifestyle switch. The idea that you are going to do something for a short period of time, go back to your old way and somehow maintain your result is a complete fallacy. NOTHING IN LIFE WORKS THAT WAY!
If you want real change then you need to understand what that means. Change is a complete alteration in the current way you live your life that is practiced forever. Change is a process you practice over and over. It occurs overtime as a result of you messing-up, falling down, figuring out and putting in the work. Change is messy and change is worth it. You will never be perfect at it and you will never be a master. Success comes in the pursuit of mastery.
Wow. Too bad I didn’t say that first. That is indeed the path I’m following. I see my cane in the storage closet several times a week: I ain’t going back to it again. Figuring it out for myself. I won’t follow any diet with a name or a marketing budget. Learning about nutrition all over again. Which brings up another tangent...... I’ve been kicking myself for not figuring this out before, considering all the fancy certiffikats I can legally hang on the wall. It didn’t occur to me to question. I accepted on faith that the mainstream health information would be grounded in scientific fact and not politics. Now I know better. Wisdom. It comes from experience, which is a fancy word for doing it wrong in the first place! LOL
My story is becoming less and less private all the time. It’s a bizarre state of affairs talking about something so personal and discovering just how much other people want to know. When I tell them what I’ve done/am doing, a common reaction now is something like “That’s so hard. How do you motivate yourself to keep it up?”
I didn’t actually have a good answer for that. I was thinking along the lines of Saint Exupery and a takeoff on courage not being the absence of fear but recognition of something else as being more important. But I don’t need to anymore..... Joel Runyon sent along a gem in his blog of Impossible Things this week: "Motivation is overrated. Get disciplined instead."
BINGO. Decide what you want. Do it. Get over yourself. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Sigh.
I tripped over a blog with good potential called “Make Shift Happen” by a guy from Toronto using the handle @deanfromcanada. LOL - Really? Thanks to the whiteout conditions across the Maritimes today, I’ve got time to cruise his stuff. Podcast 2 (iTunes) has piqued my interest: “The Paradox of Success: how and why we undermine our own success”. The only question is -- do I follow the meekly accepting & normal path to listen to episode 1 first? Would that come under “discipline” or “experience”?
Discipline got me from hobbling with that cane to participating in the Resolution Walk on Jan. 1st. The bright blue jacket is a mighty nice trophy too!