What is the Cost of Not Making Healthy Changes? Podcast Episode 152


What is the Cost of Inaction? Podcast Transcription

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Hello, and welcome to Fit and Fabulous with me, Dr. Orlena Kerek. I hope that you are feeling amazing. It is raining here in Spain, and as you may know, I cycle my kids to school with. Less than three weeks left until we moved back to our house. It's so, so exciting. So we're counting down the cycle rides, but you know what?

When Healthy Habits are Strong, It’s Hard NOT to Do them

We have not been able to cycle for the last five whole days because it has been raining. And as much as I love cycling, I think is a little bit unfair to let my kids arrive at school soaking wet. Now, this has been really, really hard for us. We've actually got to the stage where we're like, oh my goodness, I hate going in the car.

I love cycling. My poor son says I feel carsick. It is only like a five minute journey. So it's really interesting. To look at your habits and think we're in such a powerful habit now, whereas a year ago we had to build up that habit. It was difficult and now we're all going well, not my daughter. My daughter always likes to go in the car, but I, and my son are missing cycling.

I haven't been able to swim very much either, partly because of the healthy habit challenge, partly because the weather has not been good enough to swim in the sea, but it's really interesting to look and think, oh my goodness, I just don't have as much energy as I normally have because I'm not doing my exercise that lights me up.

Amazing Wins from The Healthy Habit Challenge

Talking about the habit challenge. Oh my goodness. So much fun. So amazing. So many aha moments. If you haven't signed up, it's still not too late. It's still available for another couple of days to look at all the videos that we did. So many people taking action, making changes and looking at those changes and thinking, oh, this change can have a really big impact on my life.

So amazing, amazing. It's all about habits, systems and routines.

What Happens When You Don’t Take Action?

Today, what I want to talk to you about is the cost of inaction. Now that inaction may be, Hey, I'm listening to Dr Orlena’s podcast and I'm not going to go and sign up and do her free event, which is tam packed, full of amazing gold nuggets, which are really going to help me move.

Our Brains Like to Keep Us Doing the Same Thing

It might be something else, but here's what happens in our brains. Our brains are amazing, but it's really useful to understand what is going on in our brains. So. We open up with possibility. And this is like reading a new recipe book. You have the recipe book, you look at all those beautiful pictures and you think, oh wow, I could make this and I can make this and I can make this.

And your brain is sort of like bouncing around with nuggets of excitement and possibility, and you can see where this is going to lead and then life happens. And this is when despondency takes over. What I fondly call our lizard brain. And this is again about habits. We have habits, habits are good habits and bad habits.

And what happens is our brain goes, Hmm. Let's just keep things the way they are. We're safe now. You're alive. We're doing well. Let's just keep doing the same thing and doing the same thing. And it's easy and it's comforting. And that's what happens? You put the book aside, well, you might try one or two recipes.

The book gets put aside and you don't make those changes or you don't sign up to Dr. Orlena's healthy habit challenge, or you don't sign up to doctoral Lena's group program and you think, okay, I could do this. I see the value in doing this. And part of me really wants to do it, but then that despondent piece takes over and you don't make changes.

Our Brains Don’t See What Happens If We Don’t Make Healthy Changes

And the problem with this is that sometimes our brains don't see the full picture. We don't see the danger that we are getting in. What's that idea about the frog being in the boiling water? He doesn't notice the temperature rising. I have no idea if that is true or not.

We Carry on Doing the Same thing Even When We Know the Consequences are Bad

Let me tell you a story. My uncle sadly died of diabetes a few years ago. Now I didn't know my uncle very well, but I find it heartbreaking because there is so much that you can do to number one, prevent yourself from getting diabetes. And number two, when you have diabetes, there is so much you can do to help yourself to lead a good quality of life to avoid it's getting worse and potentially.

Except that if you don't make those changes, nothing happens. You carry on, on the same path, but you get used to that path. You get used to being uncomfortable or fats your life and thinking, Hey, it's normal for me to not be able to walk or to be a little bit overweight and you just adapt that and your brain says, yeah, that's just.

Amazing Lady Who Is 105 and Ran 100M!

But when we step away and think it doesn't have to be like that. If you're in my Facebook group, you will see that I shared an article about a lady who is 105 years old. Let me say that again, 105 years old, and she just broke the world record of a hundred meter sprinting, and she ran in a minute and two seconds.

And her response was I wanted to do it in under a minute. I just think, wow, that is absolutely amazing. She is 105 and she is sprinting a hundred meters. Just, I want to be like that. Absolutely amazing. So there is no reason why people have to put up with not being able to move. Being on a path to a lifestyle disease and the vast majority of disease now is lifestyle related.

How we Live Our Lives Has a Huge Impact on Our Health and Wellbeing

Now, obviously there are other factors involved and we can't control everything. So, for example, if we look at cancer, cancer is a really good example. We can't control whether we have counts, whether we get cancer or not full stop, but what we can do is lead our healthiest life so that we minimize our chances.

And that is a big difference. We can really change our chances of getting cancer, but yes, there is still an element of randomness. And we don't understand exactly why that is. We do understand some of the things, but a lot of the things we don't understand, but what we can do is increase our chances of not getting cancer.

But more than anything we can say, Hey, I'm going to feel amazing. I'm going to be able to use my body. My body's going to be fit and I'm going to enjoy running and doing all of these things. And I hear people saying, oh, the problem with exercise is it's painful. Or I don't like it. It makes me short of breath.

That's the point to make you short of breath by the way. And yes, there is a little adaptation when you go from habits that you have now to these other habits, which are healthy living habits, there is a chance. Now, sometimes it might be in your body. If you haven't done any exercise and you start exercising, your muscles need to get stronger.

And that sometimes does lead to muscle soreness. I say, embrace that muscle soreness and celebrate that you have done some work, but most of it is in your mind. Let me say that again, most of it is in your mind, you might be sitting there thinking, Hey, I love the way I eat. I love the cakes. I wish I didn't have quite a lot of hold on me, but you know, it's just what I do.

I go and buy these candies or these cookies or whatever it is that you eat and your brain is sitting there going, I don't like the unknown. I don't like. But healthy living and it's going to be so difficult to make changes, but once you are in those other habits, if I look at all my clients that I'm working with now, They are loving, healthy, eating and going, Hey, do you know what I love this healthy eating?

It's great. It's just as fun. Just as tasty, just as nourishing as the way I was eating before. Except the big difference is it is nourishing my body and giving me what I wanted is helping me with my goal to leading a long and healthy life and having a body that I am proud of. So what's the difference.

There isn't really much difference except that in that first picture, your brain is going, this is the way we do things. And I'm scared of making changes. It's all about fear. And I say to you, that's why I do a lot of work on mindset in my group program, because once we understand our brains, We really have the power to be able to say, Hey brain, I hear you.

Do You Want Healthy Living to Be Easy? And Make those Changes?

I can see that this is fair, but you know what? I'm going to do it. Anyhow, I'm going to start my journey of healthy. And I can see the benefits of healthy living. I can see that I do want to lead a long and healthy life, and I do want to be there for my children and my grandchildren and being the best possible person I can be.

Do You Want to Have a Body You’re Proud Of?

And I do want to have a body that I'm proud of and the confidence that goes with that and really enjoy moving my body. I want all of those things. And on the other hand, I don't want to be unwell. I don't want to have that weight keep creeping up and not being able to move and potentially looking at those nasty lifestyle diseases.

What’s Stopping You Making Healthy Changes?

So what is stopping you from making those changes? It's a big question. Isn't it? What is stopping?

A big pause so that you can think about it…

So that is my thought for the day. What is the cost of inaction? Inaction is really easy to do. Our default position is to not make changes, but it's not as difficult as you think making the changes. And I am here if you want support. So if you're thinking, yep, I want this, I want to change.

Do You Want Support Making Healthy Changes?

But I need some support. I need some help. Well, I am your girl. Well, it depends. If you are interested, I am looking for five more people to join my membership group by the end of the year and thinking, okay, next year, 2022, by the end of 2022, where do you want to do. And my proposal is that you have habits, systems and routines in all four of the .

Do You Want to Do Healthy Living Without Thinking About it?

So eating in a way that you love healthy food that is tasty and delicious, and you just do it easily. An exercise regime that lights you up, delicious, healthy sleep so that you wake up every morning, feeling refreshed and invigorated and ready to take on. And then pillar number four is the emotional aspect, including stress levels.

Do You Want To Manage the Stress in Your Life?

I always add stress levels because stress is such a big part of our life, but you have those tools to manage your stress so that you're turning up every day thinking I love my life. It is great. I chose to have this life and look at all the amazing things I have in my life. So if you think, yep, that's what I want to achieve by the end of 2022.

Are You Ready to Invest in Healthy You?

And I know that sounds a long time. But the reason why I work with my clients for a year is because I want those habits to be strong habits, Oak tree habits, not acorn habits, which aren't really habits. So if you're thinking. This is it, I'm all in my Christmas gift to myself this year is to invest in myself and really make that change and to make it in a way that I know is going to work.

Do You Want to Make Healthy Changes for Life?

I don't have to think about the next fad diet or the next thing. That's the next thing that I'm going to do this and that's it. I'm going to create healthy, amazing meet with Dr. Orlena’s support. If you are interested, then book a call and chat. And I would love to tell you more about the group and see if you're a good fit.

See if I'm a good fit. A coaching program has to be a good fit, both ways. You have to feel comfortable with me helping you. And I also have to feel that I can help you. And I will be totally honest with you. I can't help everyone. I can't help people who were there thinking I don't want to make changes. I can't help people who are thinking, Hmm.

I just want to do it this way, or I want that easy option, which is to eat protein bars the whole time. I can't help people who just want to make changes for a few months and then go back to the way they were before. I can't help people who don't want help you think? Yeah, I can do it all by my. What I can do is help people who are like, yes, this is amazing.

I want to make these changes. And I want to make these changes once and for all and not go back. And I want some help making those changes because I want to make those changes in the easiest possible way and have fun doing it. And I would like some support to doing it. So if you're interested in joining the group program or indeed working one-on-one, and I can explain the difference between the two of them, then please book a chat.

Are you Ready to Chat to Dr Orlena?

I will leave the link. In the show notes, I would love to chat to you. And I would love to support you in your amazing transformation to healthy you. And if you're not interested, then no problems come and join the healthy habit challenge, because that is totally free. And it gives you so much of the information that you can do by yourself.

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Have a fabulous day. I will see you next week when hopefully the sun will have come out here in Spain and we won't be driving to school every single day. Have a fabulous week. Bye bye.


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Written By Dr Orlena 

Dr Orlena Kerek (MBChB from the University of Bristol, UK) trained as a pediatric doctor. She is now a family health coach. She helps busy mums who want to feel amazing by eating healthy food, enjoy a healthy life, get back into their honeymoon shorts and teach their kids healthy habits all without thinking about it.

If you'd like help and want a healthy family and healthy lifestyle without having to think about it book a 30 minute "Healthy Life Roadmap" call here.


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