You Have To Want It

I feel like my daily life has turned into a huge reflection fest after I got back from my YTT. I used to spend time reflecting but never as much as I do now. It’s a neat new habit. I reflect on everything including things I read, things I do, and things people say and do. And man, am I learning a lot!?!

If you read my blogs you will know that I’ve been on a health journey for some time. I am always learning new ways to improve myself. And people around me are eager to know what I am doing. But I’ve started to notice a few things that I never realized before.

First, people are so judgmental of what you are doing! I mean, I guess I always knew this, but maybe I just notice it more. Everyone has an opinion about what you’re doing. And the quickest and easiest way for people to express how they feel about what you’re doing is to make fun of you. Sometimes I think it is the only way people know how to start a conversation. If they make fun of you it’s their way of saying they are interested but they don’t know how to express it. Sometimes it is definitely just a way to poke fun, but sometimes not. I noticed this when I got back from yoga school. I went to a get together with a bunch of my husband’s work friends and their spouses. As soon as I got there the fun-poking began. I didn’t (I don’t ever) take it to heart, I just played along, and I came to the “conversation starter” conclusion because after the jokes, they were all so proud of my accomplishment. That group has said congrats to me more than anyone.

The other thing I noticed is the overwhelming theme of “I could never do that.” I get it. I was the exact same way. I think back to when I first started trying to get healthy and I was full of those statements.  I could never give up soda. I could never run a race. I could never stop eating sugar. I could never give up meat. And you know why I said all those things? Because I didn’t want to give them up or accomplish them. It’s really that simple.  There are so many times in life when we have to put our needs over our wants, but in the health department, I think it has to be the other way. You don’t NEED to change the way you live, you have to WANT to change it.

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“I really need to go to the gym.” No, you don’t NEED to go. You know what this statement says? “I want to do something to improve myself but I am going to find something else to do instead.” Change that sentence to, “I WANT to go to the gym today!” Make that shit happen. The more you say you WANT something, the more likely you are to make it a reality.

“I need to eat healthier.” I know so many people that could lose weight, feel better mentally and physically, even reduce symptoms of chronic ailments, but they won’t until they change that sentence. Because it’s true, you do need to eat healthier if you want to be healthier. But again, you have to WANT it.

“I could never do what you do.” You’re right. You can’t because you don’t WANT to. Stop telling me all the things you are never going to do. I cannot make you change. I can continue to tell you what I do and what works and why you should try things, but you won’t until you WANT to.

Of course, I believe that love and support is also a crucial part to changing your life. You can’t always make it to the gym without a babysitter, or cook healthy if you don’t have a ride to the grocery store. But when all your cards are stacked in your favor, do something. WANT to do something! WANT to eat healthy. WANT to try to not eat certain things. WANT to try something new. WANT to be better.

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