|Come to think of it...I did have my |
fair share of Girlie drinks in my day.
I managed to skirt the wine - having my fair share over the holidays I can't even look at a bottle at the moment. The chocolate bar was tempting, and I'm sure if I studied it long enough I would have jumped it but I managed to look away long enough to let the urge pass. Nope, the thing that pulled me in was the blended (let's pretend we are in Mexico again) "girlie" drink complete with mango vodka x 2. Whatever...it happened..no judgement...let's move on......
So it got me thinking about all those people in our lives that don't share our resolutions to stop eating this and eating more of that and going out for a bit of exercise. I work with many clients (mostly women) who are not only cooking for themselves but for their family. How does one manage a change when the others around them are unconsciously creating barriers to that change?
I know a few people who refuse invitations for parties and social events for fear they will overindulge and others that cultivate such a controlled environment that anything from a holiday to a trip may cause anxiety and fear of falling off the wagon. In my opinion, that's not "real life health" but more extreme living and perhaps a paralyzing fear of fat. So how does one live in balance, with others, and still enjoy long term goal success?
|Could you imagine????|
While it is important to have support through the change process, it isn't the end of the world if you don't. Gather your suit of armour in other ways buy journal writing (this is very conducive to successful change) and recording the barriers you are faced with and plans of action to help you avoid them next time. In my case, if I am faced with the potential of "girlie" drinks again, I will have 1/2 of a glass and call it a day or I may chose another option for myself.
Perhaps you can make changes in your household that will induce support. For example, if you do the cooking, chose healthier options for dinner. If you do the shopping, chose healthier options for snacks (instead of the chips). Hand over the responsibility of junk-food shopping to someone else and ask that they store it out of your reach. It really depends upon you and your situation. That's the beauty of "Real Life Health Coaching" I am able to sit with the individual and work through plans of action as they go through the change process. It works....as God is my witness...it works!
|Just an example of an environment|
that may influence obesity rates.
That's all I got today.