To read Part One click- My Sugar Addiction, Part Two Sugar Addiction & Self-Punishment, Part Three Could This be part of the Answer, Part Four A Seed of Transformation, Part Five Back to Haunt Me , Part Six Addiction Uncovered, Part Seven Can You Relate?, Part Eight Mild, Moderate or Severe?
You are what you believe yourself to be – so who are you?
What is a belief?
- Your belief influences your perception of the world around you and your assessment of yourself.
- It is a mental acceptance of something as being true or real.
- A belief is something you tell yourself over and over again that soon you believe to be true.
- We have approximately 60,000 thoughts in a 24-hour period. Interestingly enough, we continue to have most of these 60,000 thoughts day after day. These thoughts form your beliefs about who you are and where you are going. They ultimately become the habits in your life.
Your beliefs guide you when making your decisions.
When it comes to diet and exercise there is so much information out there to influence your beliefs. Do you believe the “lose 30lbs in 30 days diet”? Do you believe that you need to starve yourself to fit into a dress and then life can return to normal after the event? Do you believe in thinness or do you believe in your health? And what does that belief mean to you on a day-to-day basis? Your habitual thinking is being played out day after day by the choices you make.
For example, here is a belief that I challenged: Overweight is NOT normal. Being UNHEALTHY is NOT normal. But look around us; our society now has more overweight and unhealthy people than ever before. We’re bombarded with messages that entice us to indulge ourselves because “we’re worth it”, “we deserve it”. But do I really deserve to eat another cookie because I had an awesome workout? Do I really deserve to buy a new car because I can put it on credit? Here’s the part they don’t market to the masses: Every time we indulge ourselves on a whim or weakness without having the means to support that decision, it’s like adding an encyclopedia to our suitcase – it gets more difficult to carry around and eventually the contents are going to spill out all over the place. We can’t make a choice without also getting the natural consequences that come with it. If you want good health and a strong self-esteem, then you need to respect your body and your mind. And that means consciously taking care of it. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about perfection, I’m talking about BALANCE!
Every action begins with a thought. So what are your thoughts and where are they taking you?
I’m not even sure I connected with my thoughts on an intellectual level when my eating disorder started. I’m really not sure what was going on for the longest time. I was just “doing” without challenging myself because change requires effort and time. Then I would change, but perhaps I would change too fast and I couldn’t sustain it. Consequently, I would rebound, but never all the way back to the start, but that’s what it felt like.
Even though I wanted to live my healthiest life, I could only do what I could do in that moment. Your habits have to catch up and become effortless or else you may fall back. I allowed myself the gift of time. I allowed myself patience. I allowed myself to take the smallest steps possible that required little to no effort. I was done with trying to change everything because it wasn’t working long term.
I also had to start really connecting deeper to my thoughts and this was very painful. It’s easier to ignore in the moment, but I knew my journey needed to start making these connections in order for me to move forward.
Challenge yourself and confront your thoughts and ask yourself,”Are my thoughts true?” “Who has made them true?” Answer: You did.
You are never too old or too young to change your beliefs and habits. At any moment it is up to you to embrace your life and take it in a new direction. Maybe not a “U” Turn all at once, but rather a slight turn in another direction. Simply becoming aware of your thoughts can begin the process of change.
Until you believe that you are worthy of better health and that you can achieve your goals, nothing will change. You will NOT change your behaviour. You will NOT change your lifestyle habits. However, you will change when you change your beliefs, which will then change your behaviour. I’ve seen it hundreds of times with my clients: those that succeed have the belief that they can and so they do! (It’s easier to see in others than in ourselves.)
“No one is ready for change until they believe they can acquire it. The state of mind cannot be a mere hope or wish; it must be belief.”
So again, I ask you, what are your beliefs about yourself? What is the tape playing in your head?
Take a moment to write them down. Take a good look inside your suitcase. Then challenge what you’ve been lugging around.
Stay tuned for next week – Stop the Excuses
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca
Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges that you can sign up for HERE, because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.
Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!
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 Sasson, Remez. “How Many Thoughts Does Your Mind Think in One Hour?” successconsciousness.com
 Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (New York City: Penguin Group, 2005)