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!
Riin Gill says
Hi Jill! I’m linking to my two favorite recipes, both of which have tofu. We have them with brown rice.
I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic last year so that was a “WHAT?!” moment. My doctor prescribed something to help lower my A1C, and I’ve lost 65 pounds. The nutritionist said I was already eating really healthy food and just suggested a few tweaks, and my appetite has decreased because of the meds. It really helps that Russell does the cooking and serves my food to me. When I used to serve myself, I took much larger servings, and then I ate whatever was on my plate. Now he serves me less than that, I eat it, and it’s enough.
Thanks Riin! I’ll try them.