Knowing vs. Doing

Posted by Cassandra     Category: Easy Weight Loss

Today we are starting our journey into easy weight loss. By looking at how we use our thought process to avoid doing the things we need to do to achieve our goals, we see how counter productive this thinking is and how easy it is to make a permanent change.

While we are morphing the way we look at our habits I will give simple ideas and suggestions for making the shift. Most of us know what we have to do to lose weight. In the most basic terms, eat less, exercise more. On broader terms, we know we should drink more water, eat better foods, avoid fats and fried foods and on and on. We know it is good for our health, both physical and mental, as well as our weight to exercise and be active. We know that the right foods will nourish our bodies and keep our bodies working better. We know, we know, we know…

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I said this would be easy, and I still hold to that. The kicker is you have to go from knowing to doing. You have to do the things that you should to get the results you want. Trust me, for the last 10 years I have been wishing it off, willing my metabolism to rev up like it used to do and convincing myself that soon things would go back to the way they were when I was 20 something and could eat bags of chocolate until midnight and not gain an ounce. Knowing is not enough, we have to do the right things.

If we are going to get from knowing to doing, it helps to take a look at the road block that keeps us from crossing over to the right side of the street. Why don't we do the things we should?

First let's look at excuses and identify them for what they are.
I don't have time.
I need a workout DVD or gym pass.
I'm too tired.
I don't feel like it.
What is the use, it takes so long?
I am too old to make a change now.
I'll start tomorrow.

I admit to have used all of these at one time or another. What are some of your excuses?

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The real problem is not any of these excuses, but how you are looking at your choices.

When the alarm goes off, you can choose to sleep and extra hour or get up and workout. Many mornings in the past I would use the excuse that I was too tired, or sleep was as good for you as working out. I would reasons not to get up and do what I had promised myself I would do. So it comes down to what will you choose? The answer to that is determined by your internal dialog, how you talk to yourself.

If you wake up in the morning and say to yourself, “The alarm is already ringing? Jeez, I just got to sleep. I feel so good here in bed. It's so warm. Why was I getting up? That's right. Something about a half hour walk. Maybe if I rest another 10 minutes, I can just do a 20 minute walk. Or maybe just tomorrow”.


Okay, have you been there too? Hahaha Well imagine what a difference it would make if your internal dialog went something like this, “The alarm! It's morning. I wonder what amazing things are going to come my way today. Ohhhhhhh. Let me give it a big stretch and hop right out of bed. It's going to feel so good to get that air deep in my lungs. What a great way to start the day. I always feel so invigorated after I do something for myself first thing in the morning. I love how strong my body is and how well it serves me”.

Change the way you think and you will change your results!

It may not come naturally at first. That is normal. But every time you start thinking of your excuses, shine a light on them, excuses are just thinking about something in a counter productive way. If you think, I don't have time this evening, realize that you should be thinking, could I have dinner a little later or take a walk after dinner? If you think, my arm is a little sore, change that to it's a great day to work out my legs. Seriously, if you want to work out in the morning and you use the same self talk I used to, write a little card for yourself with an enthusiastic pep talk. When you wake up and begin thinking why not, read your why card!

Speaking of why's, that is the next most important thing when it comes to losing weight or succeeding with any goal in life. Your why. You need to have a big why and you need to feel your why. More about that in our next blog.

For now, whenever you find yourself making an excuse for anything, be aware that you are just saying why you don't want to do it. Invariably when we tell ourselves why we don't want to do something we don't do it. So why not tell yourself why you do want to do it? How are you going to feel after you have done it?

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Two easy tips:
Tip One
Ask yourself, on a scale of one to ten, how will I feel if I do not do this.
Then ask yourself, on a scale of one to ten, how you will feel if you do not do this.

Tip Two
How will you feel in the future if you continue to make better choices? I lost weight, my jeans fit so good, I feel fantastic, I have so much energy, life it great, people think I look good in my awesome clothes because I do, oh yea! Feel how great it is going to feel. You will be dancing out of bed, eager to realize your goal and loving every minute of getting there!

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