This is PART 2 of A TWO PART article. See PART 1 HERE.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU LET IN YOUR BRAIN

Start where you are. Work towards your NEW NORMAL

Start where you are. Work towards your NEW NORMAL

We are being led to believe that many illnesses which we encounter later in life are normal. We learn from the outside influences to accept them and maintain them until they overcome us.This may be good for others but certainly not for our personal HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

I can guess who watches the programs on television, based on the ads that are run. Talk about target audience?
We network marketers can learn a thing or two from the media and Neilson, and how we are targeted.

If you watch world news, you hear about erectile dysfunction, bladder leakage, AARP supplemental insurance, and Alzheimer’s medication. You know who is watching at this time, and who isn’t. If you believe them you think it is normal and you should just make yourself comfortable in whatever state you find yourself. Plus it is deeply implied that you are not alone. Just join the crowd and work with it. It goes along with the …happy to be alive…. mindset.

In PART 1, we discussed the reality of the situation, and how we can get to a NEW NORMAL by taking a closer look, changing our mindset.

People believe that if a lot of other people have the same problem then it is normal.

I remember once my colleagues and I used to make fun at the fact that we could pick up each other’s reading glasses and wear them, because, we all wore reading glasses. We accepted that it was normal to need some kind of magnification to read once you reached a certain age. That may be a good example of normal because it is physical and what can be described as normal wear and tear.

Other things can be described as normal, only because of degradation, as well as wear and tear from nutritional deficiencies. Many of them can still be rectified or enhanced simply by being more vigilant.

 

BUT AFTER WE HAVE ADOPTED A NEW MINDSET, WHERE DO WE GO FROM THERE.

We have to start doing the work, and the actions that correspond with our new way of thinking. Because even though our mindset is the first crucial step, what we think will not make a difference in how we feel and how well our body is, until we start to take action.

I don’t remember when I adopted the attitude, but I am in a place, where I can eat (or drink) what is good for me, no matter how it tastes. I no longer eat for pleasure. I eat for my health. Instead of putting a lot of fruit in my green smoothie so that I can enjoy it, I opt to include herbs/plants which are beneficial to me. Believe me; bitter melon did not get its name by accident, but it controls your blood sugar. And if dandelions tasted good, they would be marketed other than in oriental stores. It doesn’t have to be savored, drink it fast and it is over!! Job done!!

I was once on a vegetarian diet for fourteen days, and I was being tempted with barbecued pork ribs. I remember brushing it off by simply deciding and telling myself that, “There will be plenty of nasty pork in the world when I want to eat it.”  Now I love pork. I know it is not the best choice for meat, but as much as I like to eat it, I don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of my decisions for the good of my body.

NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM CHALLENGES……YOU ARE NOT ALONE

I put on a few (more than a few) pounds in the last six weeks or so. I know exactly why and how it happened. I already decided that it has to be reversed, because I will not allow myself to slowly creep back to where I was four years ago. And unless I take off the first eight, a few more will come to keep their company. But knowing what has to be done will do me no good, till I leave those banana chips and plantain chips, and sweet potatoes chips etc. at the store.

I was doing a lot of writing last month, and I snacked much more than usual to keep focused. But as I go forward into writing more and more, I know that I have to learn how to make Kale chips to snack on.

The reality is that all of this in my head, and will not take the weight off, until I put those thoughts into action.

It is easier to gain weight and harder to lose it, the older we get. But this does not have to be the case.

It is easier for our blood sugar to get out of control, because our organs can’t process it as efficiently as before. The longer we live, the more we use our organs and glands, their functioning becomes compromised and they don’t do what they are supposed to do, as efficiently as they used to.
But I believe that we can do things to assist them in their duties, and in the process, prevent some of the illnesses that plaque us.

  • Educate ourselves about our body and how it functions. Most man-made machines come with a manual for a reason.
  • Pay more attention to what slows down the efficiency of your organs and glands.
  • Supplement the nutrition that your body organs and glands need to work right. Many factors contribute to food not being as nutritious as it should be.
  • Be prepared to make some sacrifices. Small ones consistently will prevent bigger ones in the future.
  • Seek gratification in other areas of our lives, and don’t depend on food to make you happy.
  • Make small changes consistently, if you have a hard time going all out.
  • Learn to encourage ourselves, and motivate yourselves. Outside of politics, there is not usually a chant and a cheering crowd for you, especially when you want move away from the crowd and do better for yourself.
The stairs to success starts with the mindset, followed by action.

The stairs to success starts with the mindset, followed by action.

Some individuals may do better with drastic, as opposed to small steps.  Some people may have to work up to it. But however you do it, change your actions after you have made up your mind.

Let me give you a personal example. When I quit smoking, it was about the middle of the month when I decided, “This nonsense has got to stop.” So I started the decline mentally. I set a target for the end of the month. Every day I told myself how many days I had left. And when the end of the month came, that was it. I worked up to the end mentally, so the physical, even though drastic actually was not.

So the moral here, is to start moving towards your new normal by changing your mindset. Education and awareness helps with this. After you have decided to adjust your reality for the better, decide what needs to be done, and come up with a plan on how to get it done. And finally, take consistent action in YOUR NEW NORMAL. Assist your body in its quest for health and wellness.

  • You will get discouraged occasionally.
  • You will at times, think the task is too big.
  • Picture yourself in a new place, whether it is a new goal weight, being off your medications,

Doing physical actions that you could not before, or looking and feeling better.

  • Celebrate your small victories. (Not with food.)
The butterfly works its way to a NEW NORMAL.

The butterfly works its way to a NEW NORMAL.

 

Wanting A NEW NORMAL, and working towards YOUR NEW NORMAL is not easy but it is not trigonometry. It is willpower, that will transfer to other areas of your life, and you will be proud that you have evolved into a stronger person overall. Breaking free requires some effort.

PICTURE YOURSELF AS A BUTTERFLY as opposed to caterpillar. Find some little helpers here.

 

 

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