March 12, 2015
Recent family issues have meant that I’ve been spending a lot of time dealing with people who know how the mind works and how important our “headspace” is. I was lucky enough to be able to see a scan of the human brain at work – a family member was wired up and asked questions and given simple tasks to execute and I could see exactly how the brain was processing the information.
I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of the mind, and the events of the past few months have served to show me just how remarkable it is. It is true that “if we put our mind to it”, there is very little that we cannot achieve.
However, it is the “putting our mind to it part” that takes the most time, effort and patience.
I am a huge fan of WLR. The basis on which it is formed is sound common sense. It doesn’t pander to fads, or whims. It doesn’t favour any particular “system” but supports all those weight loss methods that, with time and patience and effort, have been show to shift the pounds. It encourages its members to take responsibility… it offers support and information and useful points of reference… but the one thing that it cannot do is lose the weight for you.
By and large, unless medical matters are involved, the success of a weight loss plan is driven by the focus of the person trying to lose weight.
Yes, it is about making careful choices, making the right decisions about what you choose to eat and the way you fuel your body. It absolutely about “eat less move more”, but ultimately it is about you.
There is an old adage which says “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink”. It is entirely true and makes a great deal of sense. It is particularly appropriate in terms of our individual weight loss journeys.
I know that I understand the principles which contribute to successful weight loss. I know the “rules”. I know what will speed up the dropping off of pounds; I know what will slow it down. I have all the knowledge and information I could ever need, but if I don’t have the motivation - if my brain isn’t in the right “headspace”- then in all likelihood everything else will count for nothing.
I know that when I am focussed, when I am in “the zone”, when I am concentrating entirely on being successful with my weight loss that it is pretty much “a given” that the scales will record a drop on a week-by-week basis. When I am able to give it the time and attention it deserves;
when I commit to doing exercise and logging all my food and doing everything that I know will work… then it will work.
But knowing all of this does not necessarily “make it so”. All the wisdom in the world counts for nothing if you are not in the right frame of mind to apply it.
I’ve shared with you the ups and downs of life here at Hudson HQ and I admit that, of late, my attention has not been entirely on matters of trimming down my waistline. I am one of those people who, when I am “in the zone” I am completely focussed and it is difficult to sway me from the course of action I’ve embarked upon but I am also one of those people who, if distracted, finds it very difficult to get back to that “place of focus”. That has been the case with my WLR journey over the past few weeks.
It isn’t a complete disaster. The wisdom that I have gained from WLR means that on the “damage” has been minimal with “stayed the same” being the net result. But having seen the scans and watched just how much is involved in learning to use your left hand to do all the things your right hand used to do; or trying to find a word to replace one which has been inexplicably erased from your database, I know just how much mental effort it takes to stay on track and get your brain “in the right headspace”.
Sometimes easy, other times much harder. I am sure all of us know what it’s like to just feel like “I can’t do this”.
We all have those days when it seems difficult; when the cravings for sweet treats make us steer away from what we know will work. We all have those days when we just can’t be bothered, but the trick is to make sure that they are the exception rather than the rule.
I have given myself a stern talking to. I have told my brain that as much as it wants to give me reasons (i.e. “excuses”) for not following the route that I know will see me back in my favourite bright red cargo pants, which I am choosing to overrule it. It isn’t easy - my brain doesn’t quite “have a mind of its own” but I hope you understand what I mean by that. As much as I know that sometimes I let my mind lead me down a route that I know I really don’t want to head in… I also know that the only person who can put the brakes on what’s going on in my head… Is Me.
I share with “my headspace” with you every week. This week I really have shared “what’s going on in my head”. It’s complex, complicated and confusing, although somewhere amongst it all I know that I do have the power to overrule what my head is telling me… and do what I know I want in my heart… and what I really want is to be able to button up the red cargo pants...
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that your journeys continue to head in the direction you most want them to.
With a big hug