Kia Ākina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Persist – Persistence can be enhanced with deliberate practice

Kia Ākina is not a short-term weight-loss project. It doesn’t involve a special diet or a new piece of exercise equipment. There is no quick-fix or magical solution when it comes to permanent weight-loss. This is because permanent weight-loss only comes with a new sustainable lifestyle. Developing and living a new sustainable obesity recovery lifestyle is what a journey of obesity recovery is all about.

Making progress on this journey with its pitfalls and challenges along the way requires a degree of persistence that we may not be currently exercising. Obesity comes about through letting things slide. Recovery from obesity comes from bringing things to attention and then persisting with the new behaviour we have chosen until it begins to become second nature.

Persistence is like a muscle. The more we exercise it, the bigger and stronger it gets.

So how do we exercise persistence?

Probably the best way is to exercise it with direct obesity recovery exercises.

Here is a good one.

Set the time for your next meal.

Then deliberately wait a further 5 minutes before you actually start eating. By dealing with the feelings that will come while waiting that 5 minutes you are exercising persistence.

After we have mastered a 5 minute wait, we could try 10 or 15 or even 20 minutes.

We can also exercise persistence (developing hard headedness) by deliberately deciding to work on something we’ve been procrastinating about. All of us have some loose ends in our lives that we’ve been putting off doing, not necessarily directly associated with obesity recovery. Try choosing small things we’ve been putting off and complete them before perhaps moving onto other bigger things.

A new feeling of mastery and strength will develop the more we practice persistence.

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