A couple of weeks ago I had a loop dream. You know...those dreams where something happens over and over and over and over and over again. I don't exactly know what was happening, but I can remember what I was feeling. I felt stuck, constricted, and helpless. I couldn't get out of it, I realized I was 'living' the same situation again and again and again..and had no way to change it. Any similarity with reality is pure coincidence.
In my dream, after quite a few loops repeating the same thing, there was a subtle change...it was so small it was barely noticeable. Yet this tiny little shift created an avalanche effect...the dream would have a slightly different outcome each time until the last 'loop' had a very different one from the first one. Once I was awake, I kept thinking how powerful subtles changes are...so powerful indeed that they can change our entire life.
Have you ever stop for a moment and look at your life and feel like you are in a loop? Caught up in a daily routine, wanting to make changes you'll always start tomorrow, next Monday or New Year's? And then...the day never comes? I wanted to have a healthier and active lifestyle, but I was sedentary and unmotivated. I was in a loop where I couldn't find a reason that would stick long enough to actually get to where I wanted and see results. And the more I stayed in the loop, the harder it was to get out of it. It's harder because then, we start believing that's who we are, how we do things and we start creating a story about us that is unreal...until we make it real by believing it.
This is how we can get out of the loop. We start with a small change and we do it consistently. This has been my experience. I started to wake up in the mornings and drink a cup of warm water with lemon before anything else. After a while, I started drinking my share of water. To calculate, take your weight in pounds and divided by 2. The result in ounces is the minimum amount of water you need to drink daily. If I weight 140lbs, my minimum daily intake is 70oz. I use an app to keep track (WaterMinder). This may not seem like a big action towards being active, but it definitely made me feel better - as I am now hydrated and supporting my liver to clear toxins. Next step was to find something that I enjoy and involved movement. I started dancing classes once a week. A few weeks in, I started cardio an hour before dancing - this warm up got me ready to dance. After a while, I registered for a second dance class. Then, I traded one of the dance lessons for a gym visit and started weight training. I felt so great, I decided to walk to the gym (45min on way). Followed by adding visits to the gym and running on a treadmill 3 to 4 times a week. I started eating better as a consequence of feeling better, made sure I got my 10,000 steps daily (WHO recommedation for an active lifestyle)...and now, I am a 3k runner, walk no less than 15,000 steps daily, and play tennis once a week. And it all started 8 months ago with a cup of warm water with lemon.
You want to slow down? Start with 5 minutes a day - either in the morning, at night or during lunch break - to just close your eyes and breathe. You want to lose weight? Drink your water...if you don't like drinking water - try the infused water recipes. You want to have fun and feel happy? Write down your happy list - no less than 50 activities, small or big, you can enjoy on your own - and do 1 each day.