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In this episode, I discuss:
“How do I create positive changes that will last for the rest of my life?” This is a question that most of us have, especially when these changes concern health and weight loss. Permanent change seems to be an elusive goal to most of us, but it doesn’t have to be.
Today, we’re going to delve deep into the mindset you need to have so that you can create lasting changes in your life. I’m going to discuss what and how you need to think so that you can make the positive changes in your life permanent.
I used to be a yoyo dieter and 100 lbs heavier. I’d look for the latest and greatest diet program and follow it to the letter. I’d also religiously keep an exercise routine, hitting the gym every single day. It wouldn’t take long before I find myself back to square one. I later realized that I was approaching my weight loss goal with the wrong mindset. I went on a diet and kept an exercise routine because I wanted to lose weight some freakin’ day. Ironically, I’d also wonder, “When can I go back to what I was doing before?”
I learned that if I want any lasting change to happen, I can’t go back to the same behavioral pattern and way thinking that brought me to where I was back then. Realizing this, I began to understand that, for any change to be permanent, I must think in terms of the rest of my life.
So when I decided to make the changes that finally led to permanent weight loss, I told myself, “This is how I’m going to eat, behave, and think for the rest of my life.” Needless to say, the results I achieved were staggering and permanent!
So always keep this in mind — to create lasting results, look at your attempt to change as the beginning of the rest of your life.
Another thing we have to keep in mind is that, if we want to create lasting changes in our lives, we need to step out of our comfort zone and look at the areas in our lives that we aren’t comfortable with.
In my case, I’d often look into food and exercise because those were areas in my life that were comfortable enough for me to face. I never looked into the emotional component of my issues, the way I was handling stress or my spirituality because these were some of the uncomfortable areas in my life. I wasn’t making any lasting changes because I wasn’t looking where I should be looking!
However, the zone of discomfort is where the magic happens. Change becomes permanent when we expand our comfort zone. And so I invite you to step out of your comfort zone and look at the areas of your life that seem too uncomfortable for you to face. Mind you, this isn’t easy to do and you may need some coaching as you do this. You also need to be compassionate towards yourself.
I also invite you to ditch the diet mentality. Dieting never helped me achieve the changes that I wanted to keep for the rest of my life. It won’t help you do the same. Instead, implement healthy lifestyle changes and decide how you want to eat for the rest of your life.
I hope you found this episode helpful. You might want to check out other episodes of this podcast. Last episode, I interviewed Dr. Melissa McCreery who taught us to ask the important question that will help us uncover our hidden hunger — what are we really craving? It’s an insightful episode that I highly recommend.
Next episode, I will be with Dr. Bruce Lipton who will show us a new way of explaining the missing link in behavior transformation. You want to listen to this, so stay tuned!
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