Do you fear the unknown when it comes to doing something that you’ve never done before? Or are you one of those that has to reach the bottom (Dr told you you have Type II Diabetes) before you decide you have to make some changes?
It is only natural to fear what you don’t know. We set ourselves up for failure right from the beginning by telling ourselves “it’s too hard”, “Everyone says I can’t do it”, “I’ve never been able to keep the weight off no matter how hard I try”? All of these things are negatives and are setting us up for failure.
So let’s think about some alternative ways to think when we make that switch tomorrow to a healthier lifestyle and we set ourselves up for success. If your thought process says “it’s too hard” – switch your thinking to “I’m going to have a small success each day thus making it easy to succeed”.
If you’re being told “you can’t do it or you’ll never be successful at losing weight” – switch your ears off and let those naysayers talk – just don’t listen. “Or tell yourself that it doesn’t matter what they say – this is my life and I know I can do this!” You know within you is the courage and the determination to make yourself healthy it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.
And if you’re thinking about the fact that “you’ve never been able to keep the weight off no matter how hard you try” – let’s switch it to “I’m changing my lifestyle one piece at a time and I will be successful”. It is all about the positives and teaching us to think positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts.
Sometimes as the negatives descend on us we just have to stop, look at it for what it is and make a conscious effort to change that negative thought to a positive thought. Maybe to do that you just have to get up and move for a minute. That works for me and I do that a lot.
We really can do whatever we set our minds to do. Anything negative just means that you are allowing fear and doubt to sabotage your good health and your new lifestyle. It may mean you have to just start one day at a time and move slowly forward. Some people say to tell everyone you are on a diet and let everyone help hold you accountable – but I say sometimes we need to do this for ourselves and the heck with everyone holding us accountable. I can tell you I am not always successful every day at what I eat, but I can tell you I don’t punish myself anymore and I’ve been able to maintain for the last year and a half. This new lifestyle (NOT A DIET) is forever. It’s not a DIET because it isn’t temporary. Change how you think and you will change your life.
Sometimes we also just need to have a bit of faith in ourselves and stop beating ourselves up. Let’s not allow it to take a scare from the DR to tell us we are unhealthy. Stop with the excuses and do something for yourself. Even if it takes you 5 days instead of 3 to get into ketosis – JUST DO IT!. I know I stole that from Nike, but it is very appropriate in this instance.
If you need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always here to help answer any questions, but please don’t let fear and doubt take over and keep you from this journey of life that is awesome!