Friday, December 9, 2011

It's Friday, time to give yourself some love!

Happy love-yourself Friday everyone!

For a while I’ve been feeling like today should be about facing and embracing change, and apparently this is a universal meme of the day, because I came across this from Bellatrix Nutrition: "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."

And this from Chris Kresser: “Making dietary changes isn't always easy. That's because our choice about what to eat is influenced by a number of different factors, ranging from the people we spend time with, our cultural heritage, our emotional health, our financial situation and our beliefs.”

Usually we know what the healthy answer is, but why is it so damn hard? And how do we stop living a life of vicious cycles of intense obedience, tortured temptation and miserable guilt? The first step is to change the paradigm (see my prior post below for some suggestions on that) and the second is to truly embrace the change. In order to get yourself out of the same old rut and routine, you need to face your challenges head on, and then you need to embrace the change. Having a problem with sugar cravings? You no longer eat sweets other than a few special occasions a year. Having trouble with getting up for early morning workouts? You become the person that NEVER misses a workout, no matter how cold it is, no matter how crappy you feel or how late you went to bed.

In order to flip your paradigm, you need to face your demons and be prepared to make changes that will banish them for good, not just keep them temporarily at bay. You’ll never know how great your potential truly is until you can let go of all those shackles you’ve been clinging to. Get rid of those bad influences, and give yourself permission to change. You’re worth it, you deserve it, and you’ll love what you become.

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