Can an old dog (or an obese human) really learn new tricks?

The following in a quote from Rebecca Derosset as she introduces the second part of, “Working Out Sucks.” As one of the co-authors of the book, she writes about changing “bad behaviors,” specifically as they relate to nutrition.

She writes about, “fueling our minds with negative thoughts.” Here’s one excerpt:

“When we fail to break a bad habit – whether it’s eating a tub of ice cream in one sitting, smoking tow packs a day, or fueling our minds with negative thoughts – we start to feel like a failure. It’s as if we’re climbing Mount Everest without hope of reaching the summit. We keep slipping on the rocks with bruised and battered bodies and egos, struggling to navigate through what feels like an impossible terrain.

But despite these uphill climbs and set backs, there is a resiliency and an internal fortitude within all of us. In my twenty years of working with people, I’ve observed that we aren’t stuck because we don’t want to change, it’s because we don’t know how to change.

So, the answer is,’Yes, you can change your behavior if you know how.’ In essence, we are all looking for a road map, a hot-to-guide to get us to the top of the mountaintop. I’m here to tell you there is hope – a magic bullet, so to say. Don’t misunderstand me here, finding the bullet doesn’t mean you won’t have to work hard – really hard. But, with a few tools and solid direction, you can feel less stuck and start making life changes that will feel magical.L

What I hope to accomplish with this blog, are simple,  “how-to” techniques to affect real change. For example, in Chalean Johnson’s wonderful book, “PUSH<” she talks about many of her clients who were able to lose weight initially but then, after they finished working out with her, simply gained it all back. She writes that she had, “given them the keys to the car without giving them a road map.”

I would actually take this thought a bit further by saying that she had, “given them the keys to the car without teaching them ‘how to drive.’ I hope that this blog will help teach its readers, “how to drive.”


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