Remember that it is always your choice to take care of yourself. There might be people in your life that suggest or hope you make healthy choices such as eating real and whole foods and getting enough sleep, but they can only suggest and hope these things. They cannot make you do anything that you don’t already want to do (on a separate but related note, it is interesting to observe that when we desire to take good care of ourselves, pro-healthy suggestions from others feel like encouragement and kindness and when we do not desire to take good care of ourselves it feels threatening and forceful. Even when we have asked others to remind us of our goals! In either perception, the suggestions remain the same but our beliefs about them determine how we receive their advice–merited or unmerited).
Along with the choice to treat your body any which way you desire, it is also your choice to have whatever attitude about maintaining your health goals that you desire.
If you choose to believe that it is relatively easy to pass up servings of food that are much too big for you and that it is pretty simple to shop for nutritious foods at the market each week, your experience doing these things will follow suit and eating less and shopping for healthy foods will be just that–relatively easy and pretty simple.
On the other hand, if you choose to believe that every time you have to say “no” to a second helping of food that it is terribly saddening and that going to the market has become a battle between your new healthy self and former careless self, your experience doing these things will also be just that–terribly saddening (likely unbearable!) and an annoying battle.
The things you chose to do in the above example did not change but your perception of them had, causing your healthy eating and living experience to be either attainable and enjoyable or difficult and disappointing.
It is good to remember that you have the choice to make decisions that contribute to a healthier life. You are in control of each decision and not only each decision, but of the perception you have while making them. The next time you find yourself frustrated about any of the goals you have decided to pursue, remember the frustration felt is purely optional and that you can choose to feel enjoyment over your experience as soon as you’re ready. You might even begin to truly like and prefer all of those things that seemed like such a big, difficult deal.
Of course, this is only a suggestion and a hope. You always have the final say.
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