unconscious or reactionary when health is the goal

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WARNING: I STILL LOVE SANDWICHES. LIKE I WOULD DRIVE TWENTY MINUTES OUT OF MY WAY FOR A GOOD ONE.  BUT SOMETIMES, A GIRL  JUST HAS TO REFLECT.

I believe that a lot of what we do, think and express is unconscious or reactionary. The place we’re raised, the predominant culture there, our parents, teachers, friends, socio-economic status, education, salient life events — these elements all can mold us in ways that are well under the surface of our reckoning.

If you want to make something happen, particularly if it’s hard to make happen, you need to assess what’s really happening on every level you can touch. We are the stuff resulting from the interplay between Mind, Body and Spirit.

Dig into each of these and make them your ally to affect change.

So, when I want to, say, lose some body fat, I do the following four things, and so could you:

1. Examine

Think about why you’ve gained the weight by addressing what’s going on with you mentally, emotionally and physically, and how each is contributing to actions that result in weight gain.

2. Determine the relative importance of weight compared to whatever you’ve identified that caused it.

Get very clear that what you want is more highly valued than what you’re giving up to get it. You do not want to get into the trap of feeling like you’re denying yourself something in order to get something. Rather, reverse this thinking/emotional dynamic so that what you’re saying “no” to is a gift to yourself that will result in attaining your objective.

3. Establish a plan of new routines that address each of the weight gain instigators, such as:

• More or different exercise;

• Consuming fewer calories by eating less or eating foods less calorie dense;

• Associating with people who support and help enable your objectives; and

• Rewiring trigger points that support wanted habits over those unwanted. For instance, take a different route to work so you don’t pass that damn Starbucks at the end of the road that serves the breakfast sandwich you eat every morning. And I was thrilled when they built it. Really. (Same thing for the Taco Bell)

4. After planning the work required to lose the weight, then consciously working the plan — meaning, do what it says to do. If you get off track, then there’s something in #1 thru #3 above that needs more attention.

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