Your Story

by shawne on December 30, 2013

in Detox, Lifestyle

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One year ago, I wrote my very first blog post on this platform.  It was called Resolutions: This Again?  Check it out to find out a bit about my own little journey with New Year’s Resolutions and for tips on making your own resolutions stick.  Go ahead, take a look, I’ll wait.

I have tried so many new things in this past 365 days.  It was truly such a positive and transformative year.  The best part has been the opportunity I have been given to meet and work with some really incredible folks who desired health and lifestyle transformations too, but had trouble getting there on their own. I know from my own experiences that although I’m pretty much the lone warrior type, I needed a lot of support from others to make the changes I dreamed of a reality.  Simply having information is not enough to make practical use of said information.  We need a plan, we need a hug, we need an accountability partner, we need an advisor, we need a cheerleader.

One of the common themes that I see among my clients is that they feel stuck.  That feeling of being stuck has held them back from sticking to their resolutions, creating lasting lifestyle changes, and achieving their health-related goals.  It also has held them back from embracing happiness in their lives.  I relate to my clients because I, too, once had that overwhelming feeling of being stuck.

I learned a heck of a lot about good nutrition in the past few years. But it took me some time to figure out that a person could eat enough kale to turn them green but still not be a healthy person.  Food is an important part of the equation but it’s only one component.  When I felt stuck and when my clients felt stuck the common thread was an inability to let something go.  That is, staying stuck in “your story”.  Your story is your past.  Your story is your pain.  Your story is that tape recording inside your head that plays over and over telling you all sorts of junk.  Your story is your circumstances.  Your story is what is holding you back!

Through the years, I have had people that I love tell me to “just let it go”.  “Live in the moment, move on, forget about the past.”  It always seemed like good advice.  But somehow, it’s just not as easy as it sounds.  I would feel a bit defensive when people would say “Don’t look back!”  My story is part of me, it’s who I am, and it’s how I got here, I would think.  While that is true, it was difficult to admit that my story was holding ME back.  My story was a crutch that I used as my excuse, my reason, and my justification for why I could not propel forward.

It was not until I was able to admit it, that I could address it.  Once I addressed it, I worked on it quite a bit.  But that work paid off big time.  I learned that I don’t have to FORGET my past as if it was never a part of me.  I did learn, however, to let go of what no longer serves me today!  Once I was able to let go of what no longer serves me, BAM…..I started to feel lighter…..BAM…..my food and weight issues started to become lesser issues……BAM…..I started to feel much happier with myself, in my own skin, and in my life.

While I still recommend setting some SMART goals (see Resolutions: This Again?) in the coming year, I would love for you to consider the power of putting “Your Story” to rest.  You’re so much more than your story and that darn story is keeping YOU stuck!  If you’re nodding your head while reading this and wondering where to start, grab yourself your own accountability partner.  Start with a mind-body program such as the Winter Detox opening January 2nd or consider one-to-one health coaching

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, I hope you can happily bid a fond farewell to what no longer serves you or your health or commit to plan of action to help you get there!

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

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Stef December 30, 2013 at 2:31 am

Beautifully written article. I actually participated in a yoga training earlier this year and “the story” was a big part of our training. Learning to let go of what was not serving us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and point of view. It’s a great reminder.

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