A Future By Design > Blog > Uncategorized > Are You Using Your Past Against Yourself?

 

Although this topic applies to anything that happened in your past that you still think about today, I want to relate it to living with a disease like Type 2 Diabetes.  So many of you are finding evidence from your past that you have no control in this moment of where your health is going.

This keeps us stuck—recycling the same life.  That’s fine if you like your life, but if you want to create something new, you have to stop looking to your past for what is possible in the future.  You have to stop saying to yourself, “I’ve never been able to do it before, so I won’t be able to do it now.”

Many of you are resigned to a future of taking more and more medications, battling your blood sugars, and even getting really sick. Having Type 2 Diabetes over time, especially when poorly controlled, causes all kinds of gnarly complications:

  • Neuropathy: nerve pain that usually shows up in your feet first and can lead to complete loss of feeling
  • Nephropathy: kidney damage that is usually progressive and can lead to dependence on dialysis
  • Retinopathy: eye damage that can lead to blindness
  • Heart disease and stroke: # 1 killer of people with diabetes
  • Infections: bacteria thrive in an abundance of glucose for energy; foot infections can lead to amputations
  • Dementia: diabetes can increase risk of dementia by as much as 60%
  • Gastroparesis: type of neuropathy in your digestive system where food does not move through normally, leading to heartburn, nausea, vomiting and misery

Are you resigned to a future that looks like this? Sometimes our thinking tells us that there is nothing we can do because we are not capable of change. And then our brain shows us ALL THE EVIDENCE in our past of why this is true.

I want you to be on to this because thinking this way is being past focused, and it can steal your future.

When you think about how you didn’t take care of yourself in the past (maybe you overate or chose unhealthy food most of the time, maybe you avoided exercise, maybe you allowed a lot of stress in your life), you start feeling really negative, defeated, and even disgusted at yourself.

And those feelings will drive the action you take in your future.

It might seem motivating to berate yourself or beat yourself up so you’ll do something to fix the problem, but this never works for very long.

Let’s look at an example of this:

I love fast food. I especially love to go through the drive thru after a rough day, and I want to comfort myself. And options abound! I have many choices on my way home, and right now, I’m craving orange chicken at Panda Express.

I know this is going to jack up my blood sugars. I’m going to have to pay later. The thought of driving past and going home and fixing something that is better for me comes into my mind, but I immediately push it out because I know: Eating fast food is how I can feel better. I know this because this is how I have used fast food in the past.

I know that if I don’t eat the orange chicken, I’m not going to have a way to feel better right now about my exhausting day at work. So I feel resigned and defeated. I go through the drive thru. I don’t find other ways to feel better that would look more like taking care of myself.

And here’s the ultimate result: I feel better for the moment, but then I feel worse later. Plus I’ve built more evidence for how fast food makes me feel better, which builds my belief that fast food is how I comfort myself.

“Every diet you’ve ever tried has never worked.”

“You never keep your promises to yourself.”

“You always give up when it gets hard.”

“Remember that time you tried intermittent fasting and you kept eating outside of your eating window?  Yeah, you might as well not even try.”

When you see your mind presenting this case for why you’ll never change, why you can’t ever reach a goal, you need to call it out.  CALL IT ON ITS BS.

The past is over, which can be such a blessing.  There is nothing in your past that can affect you now unless you think about it in a way that affects your feelings or your actions in this moment.  THIS MOMENT IS ALL WE HAVE.

You can create a future that is better than your past.  Believe that, and it’s as good as done.

We cannot go back and change our past.  All we can do is live in this moment intentionally and focus on creating a future that we want.  What do you want?  If you want something you’ve never had, you have to think thoughts you’ve never thought.🤯

What if you could make a plan today that got you results tomorrow?  Reversing Type 2 Diabetes is actually quite simple.  Especially when you know exactly what to do.  Let me share with you how to get started.  Click here to schedule a free consult with me and I can give you personalized strategies to get results right away.

 

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