Last week, I was blown away with the questions I received about getting healthy. The questions ranged from “How do I stop binge eating?” to “What does it take to get emotionally healthy?” to “Can I really do this?” “For me, these were all questions that rattled around my head as well.
Since college, I’ve dropped pounds and gained pounds. I’ve felt healthy emotionally/spiritually and felt lousy in the same. I’ve bounced around from extreme to extreme, hoping that this time, it would stick. Sound familiar?
Finally, I had a conversation with a health coach and it reminded me of a verse …
Transformation. In Greek, it is ‘metamorpho’ which is our word ‘metamorphosis’. Yup, like the caterpillar that changes into a butterfly.
That is what I was looking for. I didn’t want to TRY something else. I didn’t want to simply HOPE that health was possible. Over the next several months, with help, I focused more on that verse than on the actually action of that verse. What I mean is that getting healthy first and foremost begins with your mind, not your body. I had to get to a point where I was convinced that getting healthy was something over which I had control. Internally and externally I had to hear myself say, “I’m going to do this!” 45 pounds later, I’m still hearing myself say, “I am doing this!”
Now, I’m able to help others do the same.
One person I began coaching was feeling so uncomfortable because of those extra pounds. In our initial conversation, she wanted to try the 10 day jump start that I use to get people on their way. I said no because I didn’t hear from her that she was going to do it – simply, try it. The reasons she gave me didn’t center on her but on someone else. She wanted to look great for her husband. That’s a good and noble reason but it is not a starting point. Eventually, she made the commitment for her in her own mind and so far has lost over 12 pounds.
The problem most people have in getting healthy in any area of their life is that they are doing it for someone else. The spouse, the girlfriend or boyfriend, even other people they don’t know because they want to look attractive. These are not the reasons that set you up for long-term success.
You have to get your mind right! You have to come to a point when you know for sure you’re going to do it and it is only then that you’re at the starting line. The correct ‘why’ has to come before the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. Remember, be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
So here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re want to get healthy.
- Why do I want to get healthy?
- Is it for me or someone else?
- Am I convinced that now is the time? Why?
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