If you fail to plan, you are still planning. It’s called the failure plan! That’s the overall message I got from my holistic health coach today. She didn’t say it exactly like that, but that’s the inference I took away and it really made an impact.
With all my years of studying personal development, I should clearly understand that if you want to succeed at anything you have to make a plan and then work that plan!
It’s not the menu plan that I resist, I think it’s conformity which is something I have rebelled against my entire life. The challenge is to realize that structure and follow through will help me. My plant-based nutrition coach has given me a menu plan but I have subconsciously resisted following it and I haven’t followed my own menu plan either. I say I want to be successful with this transition, but my actions have not been consistent with success.
“Rules” have always had to be on my terms or I would rebel and get away from the rule maker as fast as I can. I remember playing a game of Red Rover with my cousins when I was 9 or 10. I didn’t feel like they were playing fair, so I refused to play. That’s when my older cousin turned to the other kids and angrily yelled, “It has to be Kathy’s way or she won’t play!” Funny that memory comes to mind as I’m trying to sort through my feelings about menu planning. I have always wanted to be in control of anything that affects my life. I suspect it stems from feeling like I had no control of my life when I was a child.
What I failed to see is that by not controlling my eating plan, I lose control of my health and of my destiny. I will be 52 this month and am quickly realizing that this is a pivotal time in my life. It’s the third quarter and the opponent who has come in the form of inconsistency has dominated this game. I will not give up, especially when I know that I can easily win by simply following the game plan!