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Can You Handle The Change?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

You may think your commitment is solid, that you’re a rock. Unwavering and as mighty as an oak standing firm in the face of your challenge. An impenetrable force that isn’t to be reckoned with. But don’t get too sure of yourself before doing some inventory, that deep, soul-penetrating kind that leaves you as raw as an oyster straight from the ocean. Eating well and exercising for a few weeks, or hell, even a few months, is good… for a start. And good for you for trying! NOW comes the real question: can you handle the change?

This is permanent. It has to be. If you truly want to be a better version of you — healthier, fitter, leaner, possibly happier — it has to be a permanent LIFE change. I’m purposely not using the word “lifestyle” because it sounds so temporary, like a short term fix to a lifelong problem.

There are far too many people diving it to healthy lifestyle changes thinking “This is it! This time, I’ll do it for sure!”, but end up disappointed and dismayed at their “surprising” failure. Sure, the reasons might be valid — a health condition or illness or injury, but anything else shows they weren’t truly ready or willing to lose the weight.

One major reason so many people miss their weightloss goals or regain the weight is a lack of education. There’s a great deal that goes into losing weight and becoming healthier beyond the simple “eat less, exercise more” misnomer. Every person has different health needs, different lifestyles, and different abilities that affect their path. Taking the time to learn about what your own body needs is absolutely essential.

Your body will react differently to calorie intake versus calories burned compared to someone else. Just because a certain kind of food is widely considered “healthy” doesn’t mean it’s good for your body. Take fruit, for example. Fruit is healthy food, right? Well sure, if that’s what your body needs. But maybe you need to cut carbs (no apple a day for you!) or maybe you react poorly to acidic foods that cause you digestive troubles (so long citrus!).

When you eat, how you eat, and why you eat are equally as important as what you eat.

Sleep. Crucial to overall health and, by extension, to your weight loss. If you lose just an hour of sleep on any given night, you’re likely to overeat the next day. On top of that, you’re more likely to eat food your body doesn’t need (a.k.a. “junk”). Work shifts or staying up late often? Bam! It’ll getcha if you let it. Irregular sleep patterns have a major influence on your weight loss adventures.

How’s your digestive system? Any skin issues, like eczema, dry skin, or complexion troubles? Allergies? Do you have any health issues to speak of? Probably. Pretty much all of us do. Have you ever considered how much of this relates directly or indirectly to how and what you eat? Do you drink enough water every day?

Once you learn how all of these factors work for your own body, then you can begin to start changing your life.

Another key element to change? Change. You need to adapt to changes in your body as time goes on. Maybe you need more iron or protein once in awhile. Or perhaps you’ve plateaued in your weight loss and need to change up your exercise routines. Change is good. Just keep applying what you’ve already learned to the ever-changing mould that is YOU.

We’re all clever beings in our own way. Evolution has given us so much, but perhaps left us open to ignorance. Learning and working the changes that are needed for your own weight loss can be done… by ALL of us. For a LIFETIME. So don’t just sit there — go do it!

~ Troy Western
(as seen on my blog here: wp.me/p3Nrkw-17 )
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    Great Blog!!!
    I have fibromyalgia flare-ups at night that keep me from getting the REM sleep I so badly need for both my weight loss and to keep my fibro under control It's a daily effort to remember what works and what doesn't and what should I be doing differently because every fibro sufferer has different things that work for them. I can't do yoga even though it's one of the recommended activities because I suffer more afterwards. Since tracking here I discovered I only eat half of the protein, potassium, magnesium and calcium that is recommended daily Today I had a member e-mail me with some very helpful advice that worked for her and I am going to give it a try in my daily diet to see if it works as well for me as it does for her. Every day is a journey of discovery here at SP. .
    2667 days ago
    Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome advice...really love this blog it totally puts everything in a much needed perspective!
    2670 days ago
    Nicely put!

    I love change!
    2681 days ago
    Yep, your right. As my sparkpage tag line reads, "took over 20 yrs. but I finally got it". It took my entire adult life to finally realize that I had to make a life change.

    Like I mentioned in my last blog, I would love to be able to share this enlightenment with some of my friends and family, but it is something that you can't force upon people. I guess, just like us, they have to fall on their faces half a dozen times, losing and regaining weight, before they figure it out on their own. I have friends that ask me all the time, "what are you doing? you look great." But when I tell them, I swear, they look downright disappointed. I truly believe they want me to say, I drank this shake, or I joined Jenny Craig or something. When I say I eat right and exercise, they are shocked. It's like it's not what they wanted to hear. They want me to say that I discovered some magic pill or something. The questions usually stop after that. They are not ready to hear about life change yet.

    And yes, I feel very educated with what my body needs to succeed. I feel like I could right a book with everything I have learned.
    2716 days ago
  • RUDITUDI2000
    Great thoughts here! emoticon
    2717 days ago
    Great info! I need this encouragement, now, too. I began running bonkers and losing weight so quickly! Then I hurt my back, made it difficult to cook right, honestly. I've been at a standstill for 2 weeks, now. Tomorrow I will walk and ride my back for as long as I can even if it's only 5 minutes! I have to start somewhere``
    2718 days ago
    Change is frightening...and exhilarating all at the same time!

    Great post!
    2720 days ago
    Great advice, Troy! As someone who's done some pretty stupid things in the name of trying to lose weight and has only in the past few years seen more lasting success, I have to say that your advice is spot on. If you don't think your changes are ones that you can live with for the rest of your life, then you really need to reconsider what you're doing and why. As you said, this is a constant learning process and one that we can get better at all the time if we're really committed to doing what it takes over the long haul.
    2721 days ago
    emoticon And since we are learning together it is so cool that we can share our experiences! Change can be hard when it interferes with your comfort zone, and that's why learning new things and finding out what works for us is really challenging and rewarding. I'm learning to make some new changes to lower cholesterol and fight anemia! Thanks for sharing such an insightful blog! emoticon
    2722 days ago
    mm, my favorite thing you said is this, "Taking the time to learn about what your own body needs is absolutely essential. " I love this....and can't agree more. All my weight loss attempts in the past years haven't stuck because I was just focused on losing x about of weight....or looking good for a certain date--I wasn't ready...to embrace the change, like you said. And, funny, I didn't realize healthy living (thats what I call it ) is a much GREATER journey that than just reaching a number on the scale. Oh my gosh, these past 9.5 months have been such a personal discovery of myself/learning so much than I could've imagined journey! Even though it was horrible to get to where I was health wise---it shook me up like crazy, but its been *priceless* to discover & uncover more about myself, about what healthy living looks like for me, about that I am worth loving, that...oh gosh--too much to go into :D All in all...its worth it...to TAKE the time, because there are some amazing things waiting to be unpacked in each individual's journey. Thanks for sharing! :)
    2722 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3692258
    Great reminders.
    2722 days ago
    Our lives our constantly changing in little ways. We have to adapt to help foster the results we want.
    Great post!
    2722 days ago
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