Have you ever decided you were going to make
a change in how you eat or how active you are
and you make a plan and set your goals and…
you don’t follow through with it?
If the answer is is yes…it means you’re
human. But wouldn’t you like to be
able to stick with something for once?
I Don’t Want To…
If we’re going to be really honest, (let’s!)
how many of us would rather eat a salad
of healthy greens over fast food?
The plain truth is that when you are trying to
make a healthy change in your life, even if
you want to, and even if you know it’s going
to either be good for you or feel good eventually,
change and doing things differently doesn’t
feel good at first. You will absolutely resist it.
…And You Can’t Make Me!
The idea that you have to do something that
you don’t want to do or don’t like harkens
back to the time you were a toddler and trying
out the sentence “No!” This is the birth of
the “healthy rebel” inside of you, that doesn’t
want to be controlled by anyone and wants
to “do it myself!” So even if you want to eat
healthier or start an exercise program, the
healthy rebel in you will detect discomfort
and discipline and say “You can’t make me!”
You Need a Good Guard Dog
It’s good to have a healthy rebel inside
each of us, protecting us from ever being
told what to do by others.
The healthy rebel is like a guard dog,
keeping out those who would seek to control
us and make us conform to their will.
But when we are the one who wants to make
the healthy change, the rebel can start acting
like a guard dog who indiscriminantly keeps
out friends and family, in addition to dangerous
strangers. There is no good judgement used.
Your guard dog is no longer protecting you.
You guard dog is now the one causing you harm.
Get Your Dog Under Control
If your dog was biting all your friends who came
to your front door, and you couldn’t get him under
control, you wouldn’t have many friends coming
around anymore, at the very least.
If you don’t get your healthy rebel to step aside so
you can follow a food plan or exercise plan without
thinking you’re being controlled or punished, then
you won’t be able to make positive changes.
“I Got This!”
What do you do?
Tell your healthy rebel that you appreciate it’s
efforts to protect you from feeling controlled,
but that you are actually the one who wants to
follow this new regimen to see if it helps you…
not some mean outsider trying to harm you.
Tell your healthy rebel “I got this. I’ll let you
know if I need your help.”
That level of confidence might just allow your
healthy rebel to relax and sit back while you
make some healthy change!