Fear of Change
Fear of change can keep you in a soul-crushing job, a bad relationship, or a physically destructive lifestyle. Ask yourself: Is the devil-you-know approach really good enough for you? Is your life making you happy? If you answered no to either of those questions, WHAT do you have to lose by embracing change?
The truth is, things should be changing — your body is changing, your habits are changing, your attitude is changing. This might be the point where, because of so much change, you’re starting to freak out a little bit. You might be asking yourself, What will all this change mean — to my life’s direction, my relationships, my identity?
I can’t stress enough how important it is to resist any pressure you may be feeling from others to stop improving your habits or to remain a certain size. And don’t worry if your spouse, family members, or friends aren’t on board with your plans. You can’t control them. They’ll change if and when they want to change. Take care of yourself first.
Maybe you’re afraid you won’t know how to love yourself if you’re not a certain size. Many people are buried in their weight, not knowing who they would be without it. This is especially a risk if you’ve never identified yourself as “skinny.” Don’t be afraid of what you’ll be like when you’re thinner. Feel the fear and do it anyway! And don’t sabotage your efforts because you don’t deem yourself worthy — you are SO deserving of achieving your weight-loss goal! Let’s dig deep, get our hands dirty, and do this. What is there to be afraid of when you’re healthy — besides living the life you’re supposed to lead? When you’re overweight and uncomfortable, there is so much less you can do, and you always live with the threat of having a stroke, developing type 2 diabetes, or getting cancer. Obviously, a lot more risks are involved if you give up and stay stuck instead of making changes.
The only thing that’s holding you back from achieving your dreams is YOU. Believe in yourself, and stop letting your excuses keep you from living. Screw surviving — it’s time to thrive!