Emotional roadblocks litter pathways leading toward our Lifestyle goals - in losing pounds, in making any drastic changes. Habits aren't broken/replaced by merely snapping our fingers or making wishes. Focus and work are required. Why we developed bad habits or 'allowed ourselves' to live with the negative impact/results is often the answer to why we struggle so hard to reverse the process and achieve goals.
In other words: for all change, look at the habits.
One SP feature that I absolutely love is the collection of stages now called The SparkDiet. It's had other names, and I still would like to see the word "diet" eliminated, because the Stages are about so much more than food planning!! "The SP Lifestyle Path Steps"? "SP's Journey Step-finder"? Ditch the "diet", ok? lol Of the stages in the SparkDiet, one stands out to me in almost everything done here at the site: Stage Three is all about Habits! And habits are the foundation upon which emotional roadblocks thrive to yield results. The question is: do we get anywhere in our goals if we don't dig into the foundation of ingrained habits? Nope. Gotta dig in and sift through the rubble to get rid of the bad Stuff so that we can move forward and stay on track! If you look closely at Stage 3 (habits) you will uncover and work through roadblocks until they are hurdles that you can pass over. Roadblocks are where habits exist: ingrained in our minds, our way of doing things without even really thinking for the most part.
As you can tell, these are on my mind today... and to me the mere thought of them says "habits". It all started when this morning I revisited an already-read SP article which appeared as a link on a SpakMail:
"5 Emotional Roadblocks That Are Keeping You Fat -
Are Your Weight-Loss Efforts Being Derailed by Years of Baggage?"
-- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health & Wellness Coach www.sparkpeople.com/reso
None of the listed 'cases' related to my own roadblock/s. I started here on SP only for one reason: to balance my nutrition because I was considered malnourished ... and in need of becoming healthy again after illness. Fankly, I did not care about shedding pounds; if anything, losing weight seemed a drawback to the plan. My view has changed, because I've torn through the once-roadblock, now-hurdle-jumped that we can call my comfort zone.
Fact is that I want to feel good inside healthwise and while being overweight I learned how to be okay with myself in a more important way than I was during the thin years of youth through early thirties. And want to be thinnER... even if I do end up looking "good for my age" (doubt anyone would use the 'nice' compliments of yesterday now lol))! Something I could not say six or seven years ago!
Does this mean I want to consider my comfort zone to be the emotional roadblock to losing weight? No way. Let's call it a hurdle, because tearing it down means it is not blocking me. And there are positives to tearing it down! In fact, being overweight taught me lessons that will strengthen me no matter what weight I am. Breaking through this hurdle is behind me.
I will continue at turtle pace due to limitations to my activity etc, but am quite confident that I can actually enjoy life even when/if returned to some semblance of my former slender self.
Every emotional roadblock needs to be revealed before it can be dismantled so that we can pass over it and leave it in the dust. Remembering its existence and the pitfalls to allow it to exist again will help prevent it from reassembling at some point down the road.