Focus on the CAN and not the CAN’T
This week has been an eventful and significant one for me. Two things have happened about which I am very proud. When I started blogging a year and a half ago, I never could have imagined that I would have such a following of people who enjoy and appreciate my writing. I have received some wonderful e-mails. People have shared with me how my posts have taught them so much and inspired them to get healthy and lose weight. I am humbled and very grateful that I am making a difference in people’s lives.
So, the first thing that happened this week was my blog stats showed I had received 100 000 hits to my site. Why was this significant for me? Over the past year I have had my moments of doubt. Could I really keep it up? Would I have enough to write about each week? When life got very busy for me, I wondered whether my blog was just adding more stress into my already stressed life. I decided however to focus on what I CAN do in relation to my writing, instead of what I CAN’T. I can’t always send out a post each and every week, but I can manage every second week or so. This attitude has enabled me to keep going and doing what I love doing – empowering others with information so they can improve their health.
The second thing that happened this week is that I broke through a weight barrier that I have been trying to break for many years. This is INCREDIBLY HUGE for me! Granted I have only just broken it, but I have broken it none the less. I am now the “lightest” I have been in 10 years. I am so glad that over the years of seriously struggling with my weight that I decided to persevere. What has kept me going was the idea that even if I can’t be thin, I can be healthy. So even though the weight loss goals weren’t always achieved in the time I would have liked, I have never felt so healthy. Going grain and sugar-free (low carb) and cutting out inflammatory vegetables oils from my diet has revolutionised my health and energy levels like nothing ever has before.
I suppose what I am trying to say in a round about way, is that even though it seems like you are taking baby steps, they do still add up to something significant eventually. You will look back and say, “Gosh, I have actually come a long way. I am so glad I kept going.” Don’t under-estimate what you can achieve by focusing on what you CAN do instead of what you CAN’T.
The same principle applies to the Banting way of eating. If you constantly focus on what you CAN’T eat instead of all the delicious and nourishing food you CAN eat, then you will struggle to adopt this way of eating as a lifestyle and you will miss out on all the wonderful benefits this diet has to offer. Don’t see the eating plan as restrictive, but be glad that you can eat a wonderfully diverse range of animal protein, veggies and health-promoting fats such as butter and coconut oil.
I have definitely learned some valuable lessons through my own struggles with my weight and my health. There CAN be a blessing in every hardship. You just have to open your eyes wide enough to see it.
I will leave you with two questions. What are you struggling with at the moment? and Are you focussing on what you CAN’T do, or on what you CAN? I hope that your struggles will turn into your greatest and most valuable life lessons. May your achievements (however small), be something you can be proud of one day, because you made the decision to say “I CAN” instead of “I CAN’T“.