At the beginning of the summer, I was 45 pounds heavier. Since June 1, I have lost 20% of my body weight and I feel more healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I want to tell you how I did it.
I could tell you about the wonderful products I used from Isagenix (and they are great). I could tell you how important movement and exercise have been. Those healthy actions are important, but they are not the key.
I want to tell you what I discovered about healthy living, but not yet.
Wait for it.
I need to first talk about the challenge we all share when we decide we want to make an important and positive change in our lives.
- We want to get in shape by eating better and moving our bodies.
- We want to pursue a lifelong dream or follow a larger calling.
- We want to renew our relationship with someone dear to us.
- We want to grow closer to our God.
We really want to change, but something gets in the way.
Maybe we get distracted by something else we want to do. I do that a lot. I love great, new ideas I toy with for a few weeks, but then I get bored and find great idea to chase for a while. However, I never really finishing anything.
Or maybe it just gets hard. The momentum is good at the beginning, we are excited, and we see things happening. Then it becomes work. Hard work even. We find something easier to do. Another big idea collects cobwebs and dust.
One thing I have learned from Rabbi Dr. Ed Friedman is the perversive nature of homeostasis. This is the part of our emotional makeup that works to bring our lives back the way they were before our lives and relationships get thrown for a loop. This process is a very helpful defense mechanism that allows us to recover quickly when chaos spins us around. However, it also interferes when we want to make lasting changes in our lives and relationships.
Resistance is always present, but does following a Big choice have to be so hard?
Steven Pressfield has writes about resistance. Any kind of positive change in our lives triggers resistance.
His remedy? He calls it, “Going Pro.”
What happens when we turn pro is, we finally listen to that still, small voice inside our heads. At last we find the courage to identify the secret dream or love or bliss that we have known all along was our passion, our calling, our destiny. (Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro)
However, being victorious over the resistance isn’t a matter of forcing my will down my own throat. We make the important decision to live more fully, then we reaffirming that choice in every moment that follows. This is exercising our God-given free will.
Fully Dimensional Living is choosing a Healthy God-given Life.
This is how I’ve been able to lose my weight this summer.
I had tried to lose weight before but the battle with resistance shattered my best intentions.
This summer I took a different approach. Yes, my weight was the trigger (I was firmly in the obese category of the Body Mass Index and my clothes didn’t fit), but I didn’t focus on losing my weight.
Instead, I made the big decision to be healthy and whole.
I then saw my excess weight and lack of exercise getting in the way of this fuller life and saw that the little choices each day needed to fit that desire. Every meal I had the choice between what food that would support my greater health and food that would interfere. I chose the healthier foods and smaller portions. When I wanted to just sit on the couch, I asked what would lead me toward gaining healthy energy, so either grabbed my gym bag and headed to the Y or hit the treadmill.
There were days I didn’t follow through. They are a constant reminder that this is a living process. However, in success or failure, I learned what leads toward greater wholeness and health.
That is what practice does. We act or don’t act, we fail or we succeed, and we keep coming back. I had to keep asking myself what I really wanted. Then I had a guide to follow.
What do you really want?
This choosing to live is a choice for integrity and wholeness. Each daily choice and every grand decision aligns our actual living with the wholeness of abundant life.
Where have you seen success in this daily renewal in your life?
Where do you want to make that decision to stop dabbling with your life and go pro?
Where do you need help in living out the will of God for you?
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