How many lies do we tell ourselves everyday? In some instances, it is so much easier to believe the lie than it is to go searching for the truth. The lies might make us feel good for the moment, but in the long term they tear us down. Anytime we feel the need to justify our behavior, then we should take a second look at what we are doing and what we are telling ourselves.
For years, I was bound by the limitations that I had placed on myself. I was always sick, and I felt bad everyday. My mind was convinced that I would never be healthy again. One doctor, however, challenged my limiting beliefs and urged me to try new things.
Once I started exercising regularly, my body started to change. As my body changed, my thoughts also started to change. Instead of viewing exercise as torture, I started seeing it as an outlet for stress and as a way to fight back. With each session, I got stronger and started questioning my negative beliefs. Every time that I challenged myself and went beyond what was conceivable for me, my confidence increased. During my struggles, I found my strength and a life that I didn’t know was possible for me.
As we enter a new year and start making New Year’s Resolutions, so many will focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain. When we decide to go on a “diet”, then right away our mind starts listing all of the things that we can’t have. If we only focus on what we lose, then we will never be able to see what we have to gain.
I absolutely love exercise. It makes me sleep better, makes me more patient, helps me to deal with my pain and stress, gives me confidence, and makes me feel so strong. Yes, it hurts. In life, pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. I learned, while lying in bed for months barely able to move, that exercise is hard, but so is not being able to walk. So I had to choose which one of them was harder for me. When we keep going and focus on how we feel when it’s over, then we are able to increase our endurance.
It was the same way with my food. Yes, it was hard to give up gluten and all the yummy treats that it is in. But it’s even harder to have daily headaches, joint pain, brain fog, etc. When I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried new foods, I discovered so many wonderful foods that I had overlooked for years. Everything we eat, either harms our body or nurtures it. We get to choose which one we want to consume.
I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling bad all the time. I would rather eat healthy, exercise and feel great, than eat junk, sit around, and feel horrible all the time.
So today, I challenge you to choose your hard. What do you want your life to be like? If you are not happy, then you don’t have to stay that way.
Love and blessings,