October 9, 2014
“We have always held the hope, the belief, the conficiton that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we beleive that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In the first week of our series on building lasting exercise motivation the task was to get very clear on what you REALLY want from weight loss. Not the number on the scale or the clothing size, but what you truly want.
The second task was to build ways internally (through mental images, thoughts, words etc) and externally (through pictures, songs, people, to serve as reminders around you) of your TRUE goal for weight loss.
This week the task is to break down any walls of disbelief that you can reach that goal. To let go of past “failures”, and see them as great lessons on this journey. Then truly believe you can get there.
In the video last week, the woman balancing the feather showed great focus but also great confidence. There was no stress or strain on her face or in her body. Her whole body displayed complete confidence that she would reach her goal.
A patient this week told me “I finally have hope. Before I didn’t truly believe I could do it. It was like a wall. Now with support, helpful information and tools, I truly believe I can do this, it is breaking down that wall – I finally have hope”.
When your thoughts go to doubts, practice going back to the belief you CAN do it. Focus on what you have accomplished so far, those non-scale victories:
Maybe you can walk from the valet to the Weight Center with less shortness of breath, maybe shopping is easier, maybe you joined a gym or started a small but consistent home exercise program. Perhaps you signed up for a 5K, or did a 5K. Let all these non-scale successes knock down walls of doubt and create a window of belief that you can get there this time.
So this week practice, practice, practice – and the belief you can do this will grow stronger and stronger.
Keep Moving, Be Well,