Changes, say the experts, are best made on both a mental and physical level. You’ve got to change the way you think. Instead of focusing on how much you hate exercise, you begin to focus on your belief that exercise is good because of the benefits it brings. Then, while shifting your belief system, you must take action to make changes that stick. You’ve got to actually go out and do the exercise, you can’t simply think of it’s benefits. You’ve got to skip that slice of pizza, instead of thinking about skipping it. In other words, you’re not going to get healthier by thinking about eating less and exercising more – which is about where I am now. I believe that our physical reality is formed by the way we think. Often, in the best case, those beliefs then actually spur us into action. We believe we will be healthier, feel better live longer if we exercise and that belief becomes so important that it overrides our previous belief that exercise is Hell.
But right now, I’m stuck in my head. I’m doing the meditation, thinking about the changes I’ve made and others I want to make, journaling – taking care of my mental health. But I’m not following up with action. I know I should limit my pizza intake, but don’t. I have not exercised, because I don’t feel like it. The steps I took in the beginning, the combined mental/physical approach is now simply all in my mind. And, that’s not going to get me where I want to be. So this week, I’ll work on balancing that with action.