For example, when I think about losing weight, I don’t like to think about it in small manageable “chunks.” I want to think of ALL the weight I have to lose—all 100+ pounds of it!
When we ask our minds to focus on large amounts of ANYTHING, we are asking a lot. Our prefrontal cortex can only hold so much information (actors) on its “stage” at one time. When we ask it to think about the 100 pounds we have to lose, it’s almost like have 100 individual actors all clamoring for attention. We are thinking about that. Then we are thinking about other big life changes. Then we are adding in work, family, etc. Pretty soon that stage is so crowded we lose focus of everything!
It is equally important, for our well-being, not to have too many high pressure ideas floating over the “stage” either, although I realize that isn’t always so easy to prevent.
When we are losing weight, or attempting to, it is important to change one habit at a time. If you try to change everything all at one time, it can be overwhelming. One small change can make a big difference in our battle, not only with our weight, but with various illnesses, like diabetes. A big part of my incentive to lose weight is to help control type 2 diabetes. As I battle this disease, as well as lose weight, I keep in mind that I must take baby steps. I will not “cure” or “control” the disease in one day nor will I lose the 100 pounds overnight. It is one step at a time and one day at a time.
Until next time, remember to be good to yourself. You are the only “you” that you have!