I do not lie, menopause has kicked my ass.
This is the time of year we “spring forward”- move the clocks in advance of spring to give us more daylight. You know I love “new starts”, I think they are great opportunities to “get over” some of the barriers our own minds put in place. Things like “I could never” and “I’m not ready”, that keep us from being who we really know we want to be.
SO- big important thought here, [DRAMATIC PAUSE] – what is it that you feel is in your way, and what would it mean to get over it?
Here’s an example. I do not lie, menopause has kicked my ass. I have put on pounds, very easily, I might add- and they are wrapped around my middle. I am the typical cartoon menopause shape. I haven’t yet been able to lose it. I see this whole big, long, horrible diet marathon ahead and I immediately want a cheeseburger and a glass of Cabernet to get over my trauma! So here’s how I’m going to spring forward- I’m going to leap past the diet bugaboo and go to:
“I am a woman who eats to have a healthy body. I eat well, sometimes I indulge, but all in all, I am taking extremely good care of my body and my energy.”
(aka “man, I am tired of having a body that doesn’t reflect who I know I am.”)
I might add support, like weight watchers, and I will come up with a plan, but, honestly, if I get over the wall of “NO, I CAN’T STAND DIETING”, and go on to “hey, I’m pretty cool, I want to be healthy and I really need more energy, I’m going to eat for my health”, that feels a lot more do-able. I feel much less resistance. I can do that. And frankly, it ain’t like I don’t know how to lose weight. Yes, before you leap in to tell me, exercise is part of it- but for me, the food thing is the biggest factor.
What is your brick wall? What would be thrilling to leave behind? That’s the challenge of the weekend. Decide to spring forward. Life is short, make it the best you can!
p.s. If you want to make a public commitment, well, you can do it here! We are a friendly, supportive gang!