I’ve had a number of different professions, and in each of them, I’ve always believed in surrounding myself with others who are doing what I’m doing so that I improve. When I worked in law firm marketing, I discovered the Encyclopedia of Associations. One look at that bad boy will tell you there is a group for EVERYONE.
It follows, then, as a health coach I look for opportunities to network with health coaches, both Take Shape for Life and other. Social media makes that a snap on a daily basis. In one of my groups, Health Coach Forum, my friend Katie had a really sharp “aha moment” she’s allowed me to share with you (thanks, Katie.)
Katie is currently in a weight dropping phase and is reporting in on a daily basis to let us know how it’s going. (She set up this system herself for her own accountability.) Around Day 5 she wrote this:
Something occurred to me. When I make a choice to walk away from a food or behavior that is not on my 5 and 1 plan, I am exercising a mental muscle. The more of these healthy choices I make, the stronger that mental muscle will get, and the future healthy choices will be that much easier.
Her first week epiphany struck me because the weight shedding journey is such a process when we commit to it. The eyes we see through on Day 5 are not the same eyes we see with before we make a choice to start this journey. The eyes we look with 3 years later are not the same either. They’re always changing.
The great part about surrounding yourself with others who share your same ideals of optimal health, though, is that someone is always in each part of the process. This helps me remember the possibilities, the excitement, the promise, the frustration, the overwhelm, the “I quit,” the I SO CAN, the I CAN’T, the I don’t care — all parts of it.
But it all comes back to Katie’s epiphany. Each time I make a healthy choice, the mental muscle gets stronger… This does not just mean food choices, either. This means each time I choose to believe instead of doubt (mental health), each time I choose to love instead of hate (emotional health), and each time I choose to get up and walk daily (30 days to a habit). Each time I do those things I’m getting stronger and stronger.
And, on the counter, if I choose habits which do not support my health, I get weaker and weaker.
Thanks to Katie for speaking the truth and to my fellow health coaches for teaching me such cool stuff. Oceans of love to you guys.