Losing weight on Black Friday.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Are you feeling the effects of gluttony? That bloated feeling, the headache, the stomach ache and the lethargy that comes from overindulging in food, drink and family drama. Every year we promise ourselves not to over eat and yet we do. We know how we will feel after and still, we do it. We make all the promises again. “I will start my diet tomorrow; I am going to go to the gym or sign up for Weight Watchers today.” The promises get made and never fulfilled. We are not bad people. Some of us are not even in denial nor do we delude ourselves. We feel optimistic that someday things will change. Or, we feel guilt, thinking it will never change.
There is always the next day for a new beginning. Some people start that new beginning every day and never get complete. Whatever goal they have (lose weight, exercise more, spend less money, get a different job, etc.) never happens. And, the question is…fanfare here…WHY can’t we lose weight, change that job, etc.? What keeps us stuck? That is the question! When we face that question with honesty, truth and integrity with ourselves, we truly begin the change. The first step is forgiveness. Forgiving ourselves for being human, for being vulnerable and for being imperfect.
Alfred Adler, a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist at the time of Freud said to have “the Courage to be Imperfect”. That’s the first step, recognizing we are human and imperfect. The more we “try” to change, the less we change. Change happens as we accept.
In ZENgevity, we have a food eating system called IBME or I B ME. The acronym stands for Intuitive, Body, Mind/Memory and Energy. It’s all about getting honest, forgiving and accepting. I will share more about the IBME System, another Blog time. There is no right way or wrong way to lose weight on Black Friday or any other day. The way that works for you, is the way. It’s YOUR choice. Your way. Find your way.
Write down all the things you would like to change. Forgive yourself for being human and let yourself accept.
There is a great quote by Reinhold Niebuhr, sometimes called the Serenity prayer.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
In the comments below, name what you would most like to change for today!
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*The ZENgevity Blog is written by Georgia Lee London, creator of ZENgevity Fitness and Training. It expresses only her personal opinion and is not to reflect or voice the opinion of ZENgevity LLC, ZENgevity teachers or ZENgevity students.