Glorious Monday! Has it been a perfect day so far? Probably not and I am inviting you to start celebrating imperfection when you become aware it exists.
2 things tend to be true about Mondays:
You are little frazzled getting back in the routine of life
That imperfection sets the mood for the rest of your week.
I’ve been inviting you to release perfectionism and embrace imperfection. Imperfection is our human reality. Embracing it gives you a very powerful tool to reach your natural weight and live there effortlessly. Let’s look at how setting imperfect expectations can help you move closer to that reality.
Your perfectionist thinking says you have to change all areas of your life – at the same time – to be successful. Tried, failed. That is the “old Monday” way of approaching weight loss. You’re not wired to learn and grow that way.
You are neurologically wired to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Your brain is designed to seek out patterns and repeat them. Your brain is designed to go on auto pilot repeating these patterns without your permission. It is an energy saving measure built into your internal programming.
It happens to you everyday already. You meant to plan a lunch and take it with you but you woke up late. Perfection is out the door. Your brain tries to save you energy so it falls into your most predictable routines. Without really thinking, you grab your purse, your keys and are half way to work all on auto pilot. It is the explanation for how you sometimes don’t remember the first mile you drive. It’s part of your routine that your brain knows so well, it no longer needs your conscious input.
So when Monday goes to hell in a hand-basket, what message does your mind “on autopilot” tell you about food? The available choices are the ones you have practiced over and over, so often that your brain knows the pattern without your conscious input.
I’ll plan better tomorrow
Today, I can grab lunch from the vending machine.
I’ll just skip lunch and have a good dinner.
Your brain on autopilot is based on: thoughts you believe to be true and the habits that you have practiced over and over. If your habit over the past years has been top put yourself last, that is what your brain will tell your body to do when outside forces take over your day. As a double whammie, since Monday’s imperfectness sets the mood for the week, it may often mean you blow the entire seven days off from caring for yourself.
THIS IS actually VERY EXCITING NEWS if you are on a journey to lose weight. Your brain is not a selective learner. It learns ALL of your patterns. Consider what you want your mind to instruct your body to do when it goes on autopilot?
Today, let’s start with some big picture truths. Next week we will look at some specific ways you can start building self care routines that lead you to living at your healthy weight.
For today, think about choices you make about everything from what to eat to what to wear to who to hang out with that gives your brain the following messages.
I belong to me. I make the rules.
I am my 1st priority always.
I am never too busy to pay attention to myself.
If it feels odd, self centered, selfish or awkward to feed your brain these messages, you are absolutely on the right track. When imperfection steps in and takes over your day, how wonderful will it be to still be a priority to yourself? Let’s get to work! You can do this: IMPERFECTLY!
I love every one of you and am aiming my kindness in your direction until you are able to point your own kindness at you.
You are NOT your weight.
You have NOT waited too long.
Your body is NOT broken.
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I love you my Voluptuous Beauties! Mean it!
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