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Does it have to be difficult?

I am looking at a river with a rock in it.  The water flows around the rock, it takes the easiest path.  That is something I had to learn.

Change does not have to be difficult, we just need to find the right path for us.

Diet, exercise, there have been so many times that I struggled.  That I chose the difficult road, not like the water that flows around the rock.

I would choose extreme diets, or exercise at levels my body was not used to.  

Then fall off the wagon and quit.

I became depressed when the extreme did not work.  Eating next to nothing.  Not losing weight, so eating even less.

Something snapped in me.  I could teach people how to change how they worked so why could I not teach myself?

I would be more like the water. Instead of major change I would flow and make smaller changes finding an easy path around the obstacle.

The first obstacle I had was skipping meals and not eating much.  You may think that is great for weight loss, but food is the fuel that helps our body run.  Without enough fuel our body stores what it can and we are tired.

I needed to fuel my body. With good fuel to help it run.

The next obstacle was exercise.  I needed to stop pushing myself too much. Instead of trying to do 10,000 steps a day and failing I lowered the steps to an amount I could do.

Then after reaching that goal 2 days in a row I increased it.  Instead of increasing it by a lot and then not being able to reach the new goal, I increased it by the number of steps to get to the office toilet and back to my desk.

I could do an extra trip to the toilet each day, or to the kitchen for a drink.

Instead of getting depressed that I could not reach my goals I actually started to get to them, then push them further.

It was exciting, motivating. I could make more changes and soon my life was unrecognisable from before.

I am the water that flows.

How can you flow more?

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