Okay, so this is why you should love this blog, b/c I look and listen and read everything with a “weight loss eye”. I am always asking “how can I apply that to my health journey”. And then I share it with you. Anything that works for me, I share with you. Heck, anything that doesn’t work for me, I share with you. It is my hope that through this blog, and through my journey, I can shorten your journey. If I can help even one person to lose weight faster, shave off one year or one month from their journey, then it will have been worth it.
I heard this podcast, The Chalene Show, and the episode was called “Mastering the Skills of Joy and Happiness with Best Selling author R. Michael Anderson. This guy said something very important that I think can help us on our weight loss journey. He said, when faced with a decision or a challenge you’re wanting to do, don’t make it so finite by saying “I’m going to do this or that”. Why not instead just say “I’m trying an experiment” because when you experiment you’re testing. You admittedly don’t know if it’s going to work, that’s why you’re experimenting. Suddenly failure is allowed. Brilliant.
Words are very important. The words we use to talk about ourselves to other people, the words we use to talk to ourselves. They are all very important. The words we use can either empower us or debilitate us. If we say, “I’m going to go on a diet” What does that do? It sets up this impression that we’re going to do something that has a finite time frame on it and it’s going to give us lasting results. So either we fail at sticking to the diet through the duration of the set time frame or we fail at keeping the weight off after the diet. Either way we fail.
But if we say “I’m going to experiment with this style of eating” then we’ve established a plan that has an indefinite time frame on it for as long as we benefit from it. And if we stop benefiting from that style of eating, well then we gain some knowledge about what does and doesn’t work for us. Continue reading