Our Story Affects Our Habits & Behaviors

Why is it that a visit to the doctor, especially a yearly check-up, makes us think more seriously about our health and lifestyle?

We begin to think that we should have exercised more, ate healthier meals, and practiced more self-care.

I have been thinking about this because I had my yearly check-up today. Though I am 95% certain everything is fine, there is still that 5% where things may not be right, which is a scary feeling. 

DOES FEAR RULE YOUR DECISIONS?

And is it that uncertainty or fear that drives our habits and behaviors.  We start coming up with the things we should have done because, before the check-up, we didn’t take good care of ourselves and let excuses get in the way. 

Having a wake up call during a  routine check-up, or when we are not feeling good, reminds us that we don’t have any say in the amount of time we get to be with our family and friends. It reminds us how easily our lives can be shortened. 

Things aren’t that dire, however, because there are ways you can approach each day that improve and sustain your health. 

CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY TO A HEALTHY LIFE

What if I tell you by eating more vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens, you can reduce your inflammation, enhance your detoxification in your liver, and fight off cancer? Incorporating citrus fruits, dark chocolate, nuts, legumes, and spices into your diet can also give you a good chance of living a long, healthy life. 

Now, I know many of you think that tomorrow you can eat more vegetables, or go for a walk.  You believe that you can just start your new, healthy lifestyle tomorrow. 

But tomorrow never comes because it is not a priority. There is, instead, a completely different list of priorities like: 

  • working long, hard hours, 
  • getting home to make dinner, 
  • taking the kids to their activities, 
  • watching your favorite shows 

It isn’t until we are sitting in the doctor’s office that our health becomes a priority and we decide to take it seriously.

We cannot wait until we are sitting across from our doctor and wishing we could go back in time, however, to fix all our unhealthy habits and behaviors. 

We need to take action now.

So how do we take action to improve and sustain our health? One word: consistency. As I see with most of my clients, people know how to begin a diet and exercise, but they don’t know how to stay consistent after a week or two. 

It is therefore important to look at how you value and perceive your health instead of just looking at it as weight loss. Like my mentor says, “It is more than food that is causing us to gain weight and be unhealthy.” 

When we understand that it’s more than food, we need to take a closer look at the causes of our patterns. So let me start by posing a question from my upcoming Evolution of Wellbeing, What is your story?  

Everyone has a story they tell themselves about themselves. It comes with titles, a beginning, a middle, and conclusion. Some stories I I hear in my practice are:

  • My mom was mean to mean
  • I don’t have the willpower to stay on a diet
  • I hate myself when I eat too many of  my favorite foods
  • I am lazy
  • If only I had a lot of money to help me to be healthy

OUR STORIES AFFECT OUR HABITS AND BEHAVIORS

My own story? It used to read like this:

I can’t lose weight because I don’t have time. If I did I would be thin and confident. y life would be perfect.

My story was about struggling with my weight and failing every time I went on a diet. I had obsessive thoughts about how I wished I liked eating healthy foods. I wished I wasn’t so darn hooked on fast food and I hated myself for this. 

This was a terrible combination, yet this was my story year after year.

Defining and understanding your story is a great start to building a consistent, healthy life. So please think about it. Ask yourself, “What is my story?” And check back next week because I will build on this subject more. more on this subject.

Remember: it is more than food that is keeping you from losing weight. So, let’s get to the root of the problem and learn how you can change your thoughts when it comes to losing weight. It isn’t too late. This is a new year and a new day.

Have an inspired & healthy day,
Lisa Lee