I talk about the flight to health and sustainable change with a deep passion. Today's mindset coaching article will provide you with a skillset to know when too much change is dangerous. Going from zero to one hundred and changing too fast is not sustainable for the long game.
This topic can be a little repetitive because I talked about it WOD #249. It was about how the biggest loser mentality might keep you from losing weight. For this article, I'll take it a little deeper.
Trying to change too many things at once is not sustainable. Your body will actually start to go into a state of shock. For example, an alcoholic quits drinking cold turkey. Why do you think they have seizures shortly after? I'm not saying everyone does, but for those who do, it's pretty scary. Even when something as damaging as alcohol is stopped in the body it can be dangerous.
The body craves balance, even when it is out of balance. The unbalance is the normal balance. Because our bodies crave that balance we tend to fall back into our old ways. Sustainable change is where I shine most as a coach. Cutting everything out at one will only disrupt your current balance.
Subtle changes without interruption is a sneaky way to not throw too much off with your current balance. Too much change is dangerous, but with the small subtle changes, your body won't have the horrific reactions it would if you simply changed everything at once.
Instead of cutting everything that's “bad” out of your life. Simply become more aware of your emotions wrapped up with your actions. If you're angry and you start eating salt or sugar, then go for a walk or crank out a few squats. That sounds silly but try it. You'll be amazed how you feel after you get your body moving. If you're feeling depressed and are binge eating on the feel-good carbs, take note of how you got to this moment. Then, forgive yourself.
Forgiveness will take you to a place of love. It sounds hocus pocus and voodoo, but it's true. When you start to forgive yourself for whatever is going on in your life, love starts to appear. The part that most people don't understand and don't follow through on is the reinforcement of repetition.
Because our minds and bodies are so used to balance it's hard to change that balance without repetition. When was the last time you were good at something on the first try? More times than not you're not going to be good. Like I always tell my kids, it takes practice to be great. Having that perspective will decrease the danger of when too much change is dangerous.
Change is hard. It's just that simple. It gets WAY harder after the age of 35 too. So if you're older than 35, there's still hope. It just takes more work. If you're before 35, then it's time to rewire your brain. Too much change is dangerous, but with proper, slow, sustainable changes you'll do great. Go get your WOD done and create the habit of being the person you were meant to be.
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When Too Much Change Is Dangerous | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #276
1-6 Rounds | Do Each Movement For 40 Seconds
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio
- Single Leg Deadlift
- Standing Opposite Arm + Leg Raise
- Bodyweight Deadlift
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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