Happy Easter everyone! I am not a spiritual person. Surprised? I am a follower of Christ. So Easter has a lot of meaning to me. I also do not have children around me, so Easter eggs and bunnies are not part of my Easter Sunday. But regardless of your faith, Easter is is a sign of New Beginnings. And my life, daily contains new beginnings.
I did a friend’s hair yesterday. I permed her beautiful long hair and colored it. She had about 3 gray hairs, but she wanted them gone. Doing Edie’s hair makes me look like a great hairdresser. She has gorgeous hair that responds really well to perming. I used large rods, and she got those nice beachy, waves without frizz. I have not given a perm in several years. We had to dig out my perm rods deep in a tote, in the basement. Floods of memories came back while we dug through my things I used years ago to do hair.
It was pretty amazing how my hands automatically wrapped those long locks around those “Tensive Rings” ( a special of perm rod for long hair) I was a hairdresser in the 80’s and 90’s so spiral perms and big hair was the rage. I made a good living doing this because I was quick, and could get a good curl out of any type of hair. My chubby little fingers could spiral curl waist length hair in less than 2 hours.
This made me think about how in time, repeated behavior produces great results, with little effort. I’m always concerned about falling off the wagon. But if creating precision through repeated behavior is true, I believe my good healthy habits I am developing does as well. Success will ensue. And I will have created a habit that will not be as hard to do as it is in the beginning.
If, when I was a beauty school student, I had slacked off, become careless, and put little effort in my trade, I would not have turned out to be a very good hairdresser. But now, because I have done the work, I can do it without giving it much thought. I was a good hairdresser, and made a good living because of it. And the basic ability will never leave me.
I believe losing weight, and adapting new eating habits is the same thing. If we do it right and consistently, in time all this new eating habits will just happen with little thought.
Honestly, because I had not done this in a while I questioned my ability to successfully do my friends hair. But I believed in myself, and after I once got started, it was just automatic. Wouldn’t it has been a shame if my self doubt had stopped me from doing Edie’s hair? I had such a great time with this dear friend, It brightened up my whole day.
Beauty school was one of the best times in my life. I had so much fun, and learned a life long skill as well. My swimming buddy, Diana, was one of my best friends in beauty school. Little did I know back then, she would be a huge part of my journey to health.
So, my message today is, when you doubt if you can eat healthy, lose weight and stay on track for a lifetime, remember, after we repeat behavior, soon it becomes automatic and not as hard as it once was. Also, the precision you put into your food habits, are important. They set the pace for the new healthy habits you are developing. If you Haphazardly follow your food plan, you are setting yourself up for a struggle through out your life. If you stay on track, learning how to do things right repeatedly, you will get the results your want. You have to do the work, and you have to do it mindfully. And lastly, If I had not been wiling to try to do Edie’s hair in spite of my self doubt, I would not have had such a successful day. Sometimes we have to just be willing to try, and its turns out ok. Don’t ever let self doubt stop you from trying.
So, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and here is to new beginnings! Be blessed!