I think this is very similar to my previous post about restrictions and temptations, as it’s about trying to deny or close off something, and in the end the constant struggle to hide it away makes it all that more apparent and dominant in your life. When Michelle said what resists, persists she was focussing on the resistance to change in terms of weight and health (her domain obviously). But what she also did make very clear was that it can be about anything. She also rephrased it well by saying “what you sweep under the carpet will turn up at the front door”.
For me this is freakishly relatable because for so long I was avoiding the real problem, distracting myself with anything I could and thus just feeding the monster so to speak. And you can only do that for so long before that monster rears its’ ugly head. We need to learn to deal with our emotions- the good and the not so good- in order to truly recover and grow from whatever it is that is holding us back or bringing us down. Here is a scenario- stuck in a job you loathe but decide to eat your way to happiness every night instead of dealing with the fact that you may need to change careers- that’s called resisting the issue, and thus it will persist. Until you do something about it.
In terms of health you can only resist for so long before that choice gets taken away from you. What I mean is, for example say you are slowly gaining weight and you’re at a very unhealthy weight for your size BUT you chose to do nothing about it except find more distractions to avoid the problem. Then one day you go to the doctors and he hands you a script for a pill you have to take for the rest of your life, or he informs you that children will not be an option until you lose x amount of weight. The choice has been removed from you and you now have no other option. What Michelle really pushed was making the choice to change (more on this in another post) and not resist before the choice gets taken away from you. You owe it to yourself to take control of your life and make the choice- before the choice makes you.
Some scenarios in my life (past & present) that this has been particularly evident:
- Resisting temptations and cravings- a recipe for binges (pun intended- ’cause I’m cheeky like that).
- Resisting recovery days- hello injuries.
- Resisting to eat when I’m hungry or till it’s an ‘acceptable time’- I end up being over hungry later and overeat. Plus I’m denying my body what it needs!
- Resisting that assignment- it will bite you in the butt on the due day (lucky that’s not actually me- I’m an organised freak)
- Resisting to listen to my body, in any situation. My body will remember that, and I’ll be punished.
- Resisting to let go of an unhealthy past means you’ll never be able to move on from an unhealthy present.
Anyways, they are just a few examples. Stay tuned for more MBMS posts, plus the usual stuff I chat about
DAILY HEALTHY THOUGHT: My body is perfect.
What do you resist? Have you got a scenario to share?