There are millions of ways to exercise and eat healthy that exist at our finger tips. There are coaches and trainers, and teachers and experts galore and yet the struggle to do the work is real. If this struggle feels real to you at this moment I have a few questions for you. Hopefully these questions will help you peel back the layers and discover the source of some of the resistance.
What are your wellness beliefs?
When you think about exercise, eating healthy and changing your body, what are the underlying beliefs? Do you believe that exercise isn’t fun? Do you believe that eating healthy is too expensive and too time consuming? Do you deep down believe your body will never change? As I have discussed before, our beliefs create our thoughts, our thoughts create our emotions, and our emotions fuel our actions. These actions repeated over days, weeks and years create our life. This is why it is so crucial to understand what we truly believe about our wellness journey and our bodies. If you struggle with finding these beliefs, start to notice your thoughts and words when think and/or talk about wellness and your body. All the answers are in the thoughts you regularly think.
Do you believe you can reprogram these beliefs?
After spending some time noticing your thoughts and perhaps uncovering some underlying, possibly not so helpful beliefs, know that you can reprogram yourself to have new beliefs. When I quit drinking I was so set in my beliefs around alcohol that it made it very difficult to stick to my plan of letting it go. It wasn’t until I understood that I had the power to change my beliefs that I was able to build healthy momentum around this goal. I started noticing when I would say things like “Life is more fun when I drink”, “Drinking is just a part of who I am”, and instead reprogrammed by flipping the script to “My life flows with ease and joy without alcohol” and “I am so much more than someone who loves to party”.
The key to changing beliefs is to really BELIEVE the new way of thinking so if you can’t get there on your own, look for others who have done the work you’re looking to do. One search on the internet will result in thousands of people who have transformed their lives and bodies. You will find website after website and YouTube video after YouTube video showing how to save time and money on eating healthy. This knowledge helps to see that you are not stuck in that old belief, you can change if you believe you can.
Can you create more joy along the way?
As you start to do this work you will notice that changing rooted beliefs that you’ve been backing up with thoughts and emotions and actions for years , can result in some discomfort. This is normal. Discomfort is a normal, natural, and to-be-expected part of all growth and change. When you add on to your house, there is the discomfort of construction. When you grow or start a business there is lots of discomfort in finding customers, employees, and support. When you start a yoga practice there is the discomfort of getting out of your head and into your body. It is for this reason that you must create joy along the way. Make the discomfort more comfortable with music, friends, laughter, yummy healthy food and of course dancing!! Check out this Create Your Own Joy Resource List for more ways to add joy to your everyday wellness work. If you don’t enjoy something it will be very hard to stay consistent.