3: We change

I stress the point that our bodies aren’t static and unchanging – they adapt.  I’ve been using Slim (now Balance) for close to 3 years now, and gone through various phases when my body didn’t react, or stopped reacting, the way I wanted it to.  Some of this I chalked-up to growing older, but I knew that I could make some changes that would help – I usually wasn’t willing to at the time. The same thing happens with your mindset and choices.

AGE – We always hear about the body falling apart when you hit the age of 35-40, but I honestly think that’s based on today’s social norms.  America isn’t well known for healthy eating or exercise.  The freedoms we enjoy are letting us get a little spoiled and accepting of being “just a little out-of-shape”, whether that means exercise, choosing fast foods for their convenience, pushing through some pain that we have, or not using self-discipline to meet higher goals that we set for ourselves.  By the time most of us reach 35-40, our bodies have been totally abused and we are paying the price.  It’s happening at earlier and earlier ages, and children are now dealing with what used to be “adult problems” like cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, and obesity.  Have faith that you can find ways to make changes, learn, then take action!

PHYSICAL CONDITION – When we decline or improve on things we do, with and to our bodies, the resulting changes make the old patterns less effective. My one of my strongest personal experiences has been with recurring medical issues.  Arthritis in my neck and spine has been manageable, but when it flares up on occasion, things start hurting and I feel depressed because I can’t do much. If I stop exercising, the unhealthy foods hit me harder, I get sick easier, then I begin to feel even worse; it’s a vicious cycle! As soon as you recognize these cycles, kick yourself out of it: talk to a friend for help, read inspirational books (quotes on the internet work too), play with your pets or kids, etc.  Anything that will distract you from the self-pity and hopeless feelings.

DEPRESSION – Your mental state greatly effects how your body responds to things that you do.  When you get depressed it’s harder to go out and do anything, let alone make new changes.  You think about it, wonder if you’re up to it, and more often than not, choose the easier way and talk yourself out of what you know you should do.  This hurts your self-esteem, and the inability to change is magnified because you do it over and over. When you finally decide to do it, you watch how little it helps versus encouraging yourself to keep going.  Look for how you have improved or notice when you’ve stabilized and aren’t doing any worse.

MONEY – I can’t tell you how many times I used to think “if I could afford that, I’d be doing better too”.  Working late hours that go unappreciated, or the job you love doesn’t pay well, shouldn’t totally block your way.  It definitely makes it harder…but working through it will make you a stronger person. That old saying actually has truth that you see when you move on.  I’ve learned from people I’ve met, that having money doesn’t mean you don’t work hard.  Many of them are on call 24/7 and can’t maintain a schedule for their personal lives.  There is another set of struggles to deal with when you have money, so skip the “if I had their money, it’d be easy” excuses.

Truly, I believe that when things come easy for us, gratitude is reduced.  When you obtain something of value, it means more, and you make an effort to care for it.  Don’t worry about all the what ifs.  Put your energy into thinking about what you need to do to make it happen and care for it.  A positive attitude = attitude of gratitude.  Keep finding something to be thankful for and the mind changes.

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About Heather Sanders

Credentialed Middle School Teacher & Special Education Degrees in Social Work and Biology Networking Professional Hope-giving Encourager
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