I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to lose a few extra pounds, but if you have, you know it’s not easy. A few years ago, I stepped on the scale in my bathroom and looked down at the numbers. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, 225 pounds. Holy expletive! That much weight on my 5’8” frame is not healthy. I knew something had to be done, and I knew restricting my food intake was supposed to be one of them. And that’s not easy. I come from a family of Italians. I grew up eating the pasta with “gravy” and lots of bread.
Over the years I’ve learned to eat healthier but based on the results on the scale at that time, it was obviously not healthy enough. So, I began to restrict my food intake. I lowered the number of calories in and began my 30-minute workout on my stairclimber I now lovingly refer to as “The Beast.” But a funny thing happened. Perhaps you can relate? The more food I restricted, the more I craved. And, the more I craved, the more I became overwhelmed with the craving. I’m sure you can guess what happened next. I “cheated” by eating what I was restricting – more food. And the numbers on my bathroom scale reflected the restriction, craving, “cheating” cycle.
When was the last time you acted on something you know you needed to change? Maybe it was a financial problem. Or, maybe it was a relationship problem? Whatever problem you’re going to attempt to solve, most of the time we begin with restriction. Webster defines restriction as the limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being limited or restricted.
Now, I want you to read that definition and notice how it really is a state of being. When you are in a state of being of restriction, you are being controlled. And, when you are controlled, you’re really not in control! Whatever you are restricting is actually controlling you. I think most of us at some point in our lives have experienced an increased measure of anxiety and fear the more control we lose. Why? Because living a restricted life is not our natural state of being. Rather, our goal is to be in a state of flow.
“Life has no restrictions, except the ones you make.” – Paul Martinelli
I learned at a very young age to restrict myself so I could hold on to my own power. I had a stuttering problem and my peers and teachers reminded me of it all the time. Out on the playground I would get teased. So, I learned to play small. I learned to restrict myself. If I hurt myself by playing small, it was better than allowing myself to be hurt by others. Now, that’s a great strategy for a 5, 6 or 7-year-old, but if you don’t break that learning model, you carry that into the rest of your life. And that learning model of restriction robs you of your God given potential.
Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or gain greater financial health, or solve any other life challenge, there’s always a good time to start: NOW. I’ll be sharing how you can break free from the restrictions you’ve placed on your life, next Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7 p.m. Eastern on Facebook live. In this special teaching, I will share with you:
You were never meant to live a life of restriction…in any form….in any area of your life.
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