Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Swimming Downstream

Photo by Trey Ratcliff
Here at Big Diva HQ, we talk a lot about personal development, growth, life lessons, healing, and so on.  From time to time we talk about health.  

Health is a very important part of personal development and growth for many reasons.  One of the biggest reasons is that our emotional issues manifest in the body.  The post about emotional eating touched on the overwhelming feeling of being stuck and weighed down.  The body mirrors the emotions, especially long standing deep rooted emotions.  So while we are working on our emotional health, let's talk about physical health too.

Least Resistance
I have a theory that most people like the Path of Least Resistance.  I like to think of it as a wild roaring stream of water just like in the picture.  It isn't that people have an aversion to working hard for things, but our natural tendency is towards things that are easy.  We like going with the flow.  

With regards to physical health, even though people count calories, write down every morsel that they put into their mouths in a food journal, do certain exercises that they hate for a specific amount of time, it is so easy for them to fall off of the wagon, because it goes against the Path of Least Resistance.  It's fighting the current to swim upstream.  

I'm not saying that those things are wrong or that they don't work, because I've done them and I know that they do.  What I am saying is that there is a strong possibility that strategies that take too much effort, that don't flow, won't last long term for most people.  

White Knuckles
People usually get white knuckles when they are struggling or when they are trying so hard and squeezing so tightly to something that the blood flow in their hand cuts off and their knuckles turn white.  That Doesn't sound good.  

I don't know about you, but I don't want to white knuckle anything.  I believe that we can work hard, but the work doesn't need to be hard.  There is a difference.  

For example, you can work hard at swimming, but swimming isn't hard to you, because you love it.  On the other hand, you hate to jog, but you do it to get in your exercise.  If you achieved the same results by swimming as you would if you jogged and there were no barriers to do either activity, which would you rather do?  Would you rather work hard improving your lap times in the pool or work hard improving your time on the treadmill?   You would rather take the Path of Least Resistance and do what you loved.  The problem comes in when there are blockages in the Path, which makes it harder to do what you would normally gravitate towards.  

All or Nothing
I've started moving away from the "All or Nothing" attitude.  In the past, I believed that if I wasn't struggling to lose weight or fighting to hold on to the progress that I had made, then I would never lose it.  On the other hand, I also believed that if I did lose weight and it didn't involve some kind of painful struggle, then I wouldn't appreciate what I had achieved and would gain it all back.  The "All" was to fight and the "Nothing" was failure.  

Another Approach
Instead of limits, plans, and restrictions aka "The Struggle", I naturally took the Path of Least Resistance.  I let it go.  I figured that I could do what I wanted and eat what I wanted in moderation.  Dr. Phil likes to ask people, "How's that working for ya?".  My response is that it's not working as well as I had hoped.  Progress is super slow.  Womp womp...

I know that it is time to switch things up.  I have some ideas, but I'd like to hear from you.

Lights.  Camera.  Action
Tell us your story.  What were some of your beliefs about reaching your goal?  What are some ways that you have made it easier to be healthy?  How have things been working out for you?  As always, your comments are very helpful to all of us.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Next Up...
For the next post, we'll continue our discussion about the Path, beliefs, and also discuss some of the tips that you guys have sent that have been working for you.  Have a great week and be safe out there!

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