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18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey - Four more

Saturday, October 15, 2016

5. Ask why before you ask how. Intention is required to create your compass. Question your choices during this WEC and evaluate your answers.

This is an interesting question for me because I kind of stumbled onto my strongest 'why'. I've been 'watching my weight' (watching it go down while I was on a diet and back up once I'd lost weight) since my early twenties, but on this last journey I really decided it was time to change all that. I was getting older and didn't like what all that yoyo dieting was doing to my body - its just not healthy.

But it was after going on 'The Plan' in January 2014 that I found my strongest 'why'. On TP, my blood pressure came down to the point that I could discontinue blood pressure meds. THAT became my overriding 'why'! When I eat unhealthy foods, my BP goes up. I DO NOT want to go back on BP meds, so suddenly I have a whole new reason for eating right. The fact that my jeans fit better is just a nice side benefit!

6. Action deflates fear - ALWAYS. What are a couple of areas that you fear and how can you take the power out of them?

You know I almost skipped this one (we only have to do 4 a day for full WEC points) because I couldn't really think of any fears I'm facing. Then I realized that there IS one big fear I faced (and am still facing to a lesser extent) that really does affect my health - it was my fear of heights.

In 2010 I read a blog by Coach Nicole about how she and some friends hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, camped out for a week, and hiked back up. This captured my imagination - I had no idea one COULD hike to the bottom and thought what a grand adventure that would be. There was just one problem - I had a deathly fear of heights. But I WANTED to do that hike - so when Phil and I planned a trip to some of the national parks out west I told him I wanted to find the trail leading to the bottom and hike enough of it to see if I COULD overcome my fear enough to do it.

I did some research and learned that there is a 'rest house' at 1-1/2 miles down - we decided that would be our goal for the day - a 3 mile round trip hike. Here is a link to information about GC hikes in case anyone else is curious: www.nps.gov/grca/planyou

We did it - and it wasn't even that hard. We had no intention of doing the whole hike to the bottom that trip - this was just an exploration hike. Following our GC visit we visited several more national parks on that trip and did many more hikes involving dealing with height issues. Slowly but surely I overcame MOST of my fear - and it has been a real blessing. I've come to LOVE hiking, and to do the best hikes there is usually some height involved.

What did I learn from that experience? When the DESIRE is big enough, fear CAN be overcome!

7. Recycle. Don't fix what's not broken. Reuse what's worked before. Make a list of the things that have worked before and how can you implement them in your current situation.

The whole premise of 'The Plan' is that certain foods are 'friendly' to ME while others aren't (or are friendly only in limited amounts.) The foods that are friendly to me may not be the same ones that are friendly to you - we all have different body chemistry. I'm human so sometimes I eat foods I know are not friendly to me. For example, I allow myself to eat pizza once a month, knowing it will trigger a weight gain. But then I go right back to my friendly foods, drinking lots of lemon water to flush the sodium from my body, and the weight comes right off. This is no hardship - because my 'why' is more important than the momentary good taste of 'goodies'. It's what works for me.

8. Trust your intuition. Resist second-guessing. Don't let your stomach make bad choices...resist the lure.

See above - I do my best to eat non-friendly foods only when they are 'planned'. But I'm human, and I don't always follow through. So I forgive myself and move on - back to friendly foods.
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    Well done! Especially on being willing to try to overcome fear.
    1751 days ago
    Keep on keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your lifeā€¦
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