Some of us long for certainty and won’t fully commit ourselves to a program or course of action unless we’re guaranteed of the outcome. This is why many of us won’t let go of dieting, even though we haven’t been that successful with it. Diets are familiar and the steps are laid out for us.
Letting go of the familiar throws us into the unknown and the rules are not clear cut. Many of us are afraid to let of our food and weight obsession for the same reason. The struggle is familiar and for many it has also become an identity and way of life.
Life is uncertain. To move forward, you have to have faith. Faith is knowing that things are being worked out for our highest good.
When things don’t seem to be going our way, or there are too many obstacles in our path, this doesn’t mean it’s a sign to quit; it means it’s a sign to keep the faith, keep going, and the way will clear eventually.
Divine timing and our timing are two different things. We need faith that as we let go of our old ways, new insights, fresh possibilities and a better life await us. All we need to do is be patient and do our part and allow the Universe to work out the details. As long as we keep moving forward in faith, we will get where we want to go eventually.
Letting go is a process not a one-time event. The best way to leave food and weight obsession behind is to move towards more life affirming behaviors by developing new habits, hobbies, and interests. People who overeat often lack satisfying creative outlets or passions. Food has become their main source of pleasure and soul nourishment.
If you lack a nourishing and/or creative outlet, it’s time to give yourself permission to explore and experiment. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect. Allow yourself to play and have some fun. Life isn’t meant to be all chores, work, and drudgery. Try to remember what you liked to do when you were a child. Is there any way you can bring some form of that back into your life today?
If you feel like your life lacks purpose, or you’re in a job or relationship that’s unfulfilling, what small steps can you take to make it better? Maybe it’s time to take a class, get some coaching or counseling, or take active steps to find a better situation.
Life is too short to stay too long in unfulfilling situations. The longer you stay in a rut the harder it is to get out of it. Many of us tend to stay in situations long past their expiration dates.
Now, you might have a clear idea of what would be fun or nourishing to you but don’t do it out of sheer laziness. Let’s face it, it’s so easy to just walk into the fridge and grab something when you’re bored or in need of some emotional relief, but food can never truly satisfy your deeper needs and longings.
If you truly want to let go of dieting and leave food and weight behind, you have to become willing to step out of your comfort zone, embrace uncertainty, take a leap of faith, and move into the unknown, otherwise, your rut will get deeper.
In short, your desire for a healthier life must be stronger than your desire to stay in your comfort zone or your fear of the unknown.
It all comes down to focus. Where’s your focus?
Are you focused on food and weight, your fears, and all that you have to give up?
Or, are you focused on your desire to get healthy and/or lose weight and all you will gain by doing so?
Let your desire and vision for a healthier life propel you forward and align your actions with it. Your faith and confidence will increase as you move forward and your body will soon conform to your desire. It’s only a matter of time.
What will it take for me to step out in faith and move forward?
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I trust that my life is unfolding according to a divine plan. I let go of the things that are holding me back from realizing my potential.
Quotes on Faith
“When you have come to the edge of all that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen,’ the Warmaster had told him.
‘And what are they?’ he had asked.
‘That there will be something solid to stand on or you’ll be taught to fly,’ laughed Horus as he jumped.”
― Graham McNeill, False Gods
“It’s only when we dare to experience the full anxiety of knowing that life doesn’t go on forever that we can experience transcendence and get in touch with the infinite. To use an analogy from Gestalt psychology, Non-Being is the necessary ground for the figure of Being to make itself known to us. It’s only when we’re willing to let go of all of our illusions and admit that we are lost and helpless and terrified that we will be free of ourselves and our false securities and ready for what Kierkegaard calls “the leap of faith.”
― Thomas Cathcart, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between