Food Is Not Your Enemy

How to Turn Your Goals Into Reality
January 22, 2018, 2:30 pm
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The uplifting and inspiring stories are everywhere:

  • The woman who created a wellness clinic for under-served populations in her neighborhood
  • The man who lost 200 pounds after being housebound for a decade
  • The mother who worked tirelessly bringing her sick child to radiant health
  • The grandfather who quit cigarettes to realize his dream of running a marathon

Every day, people just like you go out into the world and make their dreams come true.

They did it. Why not you? You’re no different than any of these successful individuals.

True, it sounds hard. In fact, it probably is hard, with a number of obstacles to overcome. That may be reason enough to put your dream on permanent hold.

“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.”

  • Orison Swett Marden, writer

Could a Plan Help?

The easiest way to turn a dream or goal into reality is one step at a time:

  • Choose one thing to get done. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • Identify what scares you most. Ask yourself: What’s the worst thing that could happen if I face this fear? Write down the worst-case scenario and how you would confront it.
  • Identify a small (non-food) reward for yourself once you’ve accomplished that activity.
  • Then just do it. Complete and check that task off your list.
  • Now treat yourself to the reward, rejoice, and celebrate!
  • Repeat the above steps as many times as necessary and watch yourself get happier and healthier by pursuing what you desire.

Don’t Think About Losing 60 Pounds

Ah, January. The holidays are finally behind us, and with it all the cookies, huge family feasts, and excess booze. It’s a great time for a fresh start.

If you’ve made “fresh starts” every January for the past few years, however, and find that you’re not feeling so “fresh” by February, you may need a new approach to making changes.

Forget the four-protein-shakes-a-day-but-nothing-that requires-teeth diet. Forget about hitting the gym for three hours a day, seven days a week. Grand and very intense plans like these are not sustainable. They may work for a few weeks, but then you start to want some real food, or your hectic schedule gets in the way of that gym plan, and then you give up and go back to your old habits. I just can’t do this, you may think, I’m doomed to be overweight and suffer from reflux/high cholesterol/high blood pressure/name your chronic condition here.

Instead of ambitious goals for 2012, I encourage you to make tiny, easy goals. And try making those goals at the beginning of each week based on what your schedule looks like. So you may resolve that this Wednesday and Friday, you will walk instead of taking the subway or driving somewhere. On Tuesday you will go to the greenmarket. On Wednesday you will cook a chicken vegetable soup with the fresh ingredients you bought at the greenmarket rather than ordering Chinese. On Sunday you will take that African dance class you’ve been meaning to try.

Focus on the process of getting healthier and losing weight rather than on the results. If you’re diligent about creating achievable goals and actually following through to meet them, the results will come. And it won’t feel like a struggle.

And if you’d like support in putting all the pieces together, making changes to your eating habits and lifestyle, and reaching your goals for 2012, contact me to set up a free one-hour nutrition consultation (the consultation can be done either in person or over the phone). You can read my clients’ success stories here–I’ve helped teachers, lawyers, film producers, graphic designers, waitresses, secretaries, bankers, social workers, stay-at-home moms and dads, students, retirees, magazine editors, and clergy all make significant changes to their weight, their health, and their lives overall.

Happy 2012!

Free Healthy Eating Teleclass: Still Time to Sign Up

There’s still time to sign up for my free teleclass taking place this coming Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET, during which I’ll be discussing the basics of healthy eating. You’ll find out how the types of foods you eat will affect your health, your energy, your mood, and your weight.

If you’d like to join me, you can sign up here. I will then send you the info you need to get on the call. I hope to talk to you then!

Free Teleclass on March 21 @ 8 p.m. ET: Healthy Eating 101

Want to eat healthier, but at a loss as to how to actually get started? On Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET, I’ll be giving a free teleclass on the nuts and bolts of healthy eating–how the types of foods you choose each day will affect your health, your energy, your mood, and your weight. I promise that you’ll walk away with concrete information that you can implement in your daily life, such as:

  • Which foods will sap you of energy
  • Which foods will help you lose weight
  • Which foods will ward off the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Which foods will actually help curb your appetite, and which will increase your cravings

If you’d like to join me, you can sign up here. I will then send you the info you need to get on the call.