05 Dec 2013
Are You IN??? (…or just interested?)
My client, Mandy, is experiencing something perfectly normal. She’s right on the edge of “jumping the canyon” into a healthy lifestyle. But her enthusiasm for the changes she is making has worn off and she’s not quite ready to take the leap from interested to ALL IN.
Mandy is a successful coach who wears her merit badge of “busy-ness” proudly and is fully in control of her life.
But her body wasn’t feeling the love of all her rushing around and it began to speak to her with weight gain, insomnia and fatigue.
When the needle on the scale continued to climb no matter what she did, hormone testing showed she has adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance.
We created a new lifestyle plan to support her body that minimized processed foods and eliminated caffeine and wine. She added sleep back to her to-do list and began taking supplements to balance estrogen and give her adrenals the support they need.
Three weeks later, she checked in with me.
“I feel noticeably better. I feel lighter and can immediately tell when I eat a food that doesn’t agree with my system. It has driven me to consistently make better dietary choices. Did I tell you that I lost 10 lbs? Thank God.”
“Perfect”, I thought. She’s IN!
But the next week, I received this message:
“I have a few questions about modifying the amount of vitamins/herbs that I am taking. I don’t like taking anything and it’s too many. Can I adjust the amount after 30 days? Will I need to take another saliva test before we can determine that? Lastly, I am not losing weight and I am ready to take off the next 10 pounds.
I thought I could just put my old lifestyle on hold and go back to it in a month or so. If I have to give up wine completely, I’m going to need a LOT more accountability.”
My first thought was WHY? Why in the world she would want to go back to living in a way that made her feel terrible?
But, I get it. Making change is hard. You can’t do it on autopilot, so it takes energy and thought. And with health, there is no magical land of “I’m there, so I’ll go back to my old life.” Just ask anyone who’s lost and gained the same 30 lbs over and over again.
The newness of IN wears off….and it’s easier to just be “interested”.
What Mandy doesn’t yet realize is that a day will come where she is so steeped in her changes that they’ll be automatic. And she’s done most of the hard part already! When you find yourself wavering on the brink of IN vs. interested, try this:
- Visualize your WHY. What do you want to do, be or have as a result of creating perfect health?
- Keep taking action (even if it’s imperfect).
- Remember that any change (no matter how small) is still change.
- Give yourself the gifts of kindness, grace and patience. Whatever your situation is, it likely did not happen overnight. Creating the results you want is a process…learn from the journey.
Happily, Mandy is back on board. She now visualizes her supplements as building blocks in her body…creating a strong foundation so she can rock her mojo for years to come!
About Dr. Anna
Dr. Anna Garrett is a pharmacist and menopause expert who helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. But her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim pieces of themselves they thought were gone forever.
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