Hello, Beauties! What happens when you change your definition of good and bad? Think about that . . .
How do you define “good” and “bad”?
And how do those labels affect your efforts to lose weight?
Humans tend to sort things into these two categories to helps them make sense of the world. You rely on those labels every day to make hundreds of decisions from what to eat to who to hang out with. But, often those labels are dangerous assumptions you inherited from your parents that lead away from the adult version of yourself.
when you change your definition of good and bad?
Great intellectual idea but turns out it is harder to break those mental associations than you think. For example: oatmeal was a breakfast staple in my house growing up. I didn’t like the texture, the taste; I literally gagged from the smell. My mom labeled it “good”. My body labeled it “bad”.
Thankfully, my reaction was enough to convince her it was ok for me to have Malt-O-Meal while my brother and sister ate oatmeal. Fast forward thirty years. Oatmeal – specifically steel cut oatmeal – made a return to the dietary world and was labeled as “good”. I talked myself into testing the “bad” label I’d always associated with it and to my surprise, IT WAS GOOD! I am now an oatmeal lover.
My mouth is salivating as I write these words. I can smell a hot bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar, blueberries and walnuts!
The key to both the before and after of this story is MY BODY decided what was “good” or “bad”.
Now think about all the other places those labels show up.
Thin is “good”
Obesity is “bad”
Exercise is “good”
No Exercise is “bad”
Carbs are “good”
Carbs are “bad”
Low Fat is “good”
Low Fat is “bad”
The list goes on and on and on. AND they seem like declarative, set in stone, facts.
What if they are just opinion repeated so many times they’ve taken on the illusion of truth?
Challenging them, truth testing them requires courage.
It requires a willingness to acknowledge being wrong and making decisions based on bad information.
But, the clarity that ensues is intoxicating.
Back in September, I went to the doctor looking for pain meds. I’d begun walking for exercise and was experiencing significantly increased knee pain.
Exercise = good? Right?
The doctor advised me to immediately STOP walking for exercise and gave me a referral to a knee specialist for possible knee replacement surgery.
In this instance Exercise = bad.
And my body was messaging me that exact same label.
The beauty of being an adult is deciding for yourself what is “good” and “bad”. Every single action you take to lose weight will be affected by what you believe is good and bad. If your weight loss has stalled or you go in big frustrating circles losing/gaining/losing/gaining the same 20 pounds, it’s time to reaccess the “rules” that exist because of “good” and “bad”.
WHAT “GOOD” AND “BAD” LABELS DO YOU NEED TO CHALLENGE?
Consider the possibility that testing leads to the weight loss you’ve been working so hard to achieve?
What if losing weight is not nearly as difficult as you’ve been told?
Are you ready? Wish you had someone to walk thru this growth with you? YOU DO!
My next group of women starts this journey on February 7th. Fill in the information below to get all the details you need to claim your seat today and start the process of deciding for yourself what is “good” and “bad”.
The things you label “good” and “bad” are a big factor if you are trying to lose weight and keep it off. They drive the emotion that drives you to eat illogically.
Invest in your mental health at the same level you invest in your physical health, your relationships, your job and your beautiful crazy family.
You’ve earned it.
You are worthy of your time, attention, and resources. The return on your investment is learning to love yourself today so that you take the kind of care of yourself that results in pounds leaving your body.
I can’t wait to see you create magic for yourself!
P.S. – If you’re intrigued but not ready to commit, you’ll also see an option to be placed on the waiting list so you’ll be notified when enrollment opens. Just know that the group is limited to 5 women. Is one of them you?
I love you my Voluptuous Beauties.