Resistance to change usually arises from Apprehension. I’m stuck. Your stuck. We’re all stuck. Apprehension prevents us from seeing validity or a way out.
Looking at Our Resistance
I’m as guilty as anyone. I do things the same way until it cripples me. My schedule, my routines. I put up resistance to doing new things because I have taken on more than I should. This is not constructive.
What would happen if I didn’t do everything, or did them differently? I might be able to improve things, but I kind of rest in my overwhelm and resistance is, apparently, futile. If I desire change.
I wonder if each of us takes a pause, and looks at something that causes us to feel apprehension, then resistance and unwillingness, could we improve our days even a little?
I found out the bad (not terrible, just not good) news about bone loss, cholesterol, and plaque this week. I’m not happy. I consider myself very healthy and am I am unwilling to think of myself otherwise. These are kind of age-related (and past behavior I cannot change), as Mitch gently pointed out.
Finding Realistic Change 1
Bone loss requires weight training. I hate the gym. I will be doing my Jillates sessions with weights and try to get in three sessions, not two. I’m going to do the Howe steps (266 of them) twice a week. I will not go to the gym if I can help it. It is up to me to make this work.
Bone loss also shows I need more dietary calcium. The list of foods that provide calcium is pretty limited. One of the few foods I loathe is tofu. Other sources of dietary calcium are not good for cholesterol. Non-fat yogurt for me! I quit buying and eating yogurt because the the glut of containers. Maybe I need to rethink making my own.
Finding Realistic Change 2
My cholesterol has been creeping up very steadily since I had to quit using estrogen in 2020. During Covid I gave up a lot of the rules I had about what I could and couldn’t eat because it was also the time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nothing has changed the trajectory of my cholesterol and my eating habits. I resist medication with every fiber of my being, so I’m definitely apprehensive, but I have decided not to resist. The statin has been prescribed.
Finding Realistic Change 3
I have plaque in my arteries. It may be impacted by my 20-year smoking habit, or, the stuff above. Anyway, the plaque isn’t in good places. I am going to hope that if I clean up my eating act a bit and do the other things above, I can keep it from getting worse. I have asked the doctor to give me the graphic of the plaque which literally overcame my resistance to a statin. I’ll hang the graphic up to remind myself that these things I need to do aren’t really optional.
Look at me making changes!