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Subconscious self-sabotage

While starting a new exercise program change is hard and sometimes on a subconscious level we don't feel like we deserve better. Self-sabotage is a common name for the negative behaviors we unconsciously select.

While motivation is a large part of change, and any successful program, in order to sustain itself that motivation must come from within. Feeling like you deserve health, joy, positive feelings, a life free of self-abuse is hard to accept and implement. Often many of our adult behaviors are in place of the abuse experienced during childhood which is perpetuated in adult life by ourselves. We've come to accept pain and negativity and associate it with an acceptable norm. But I digress, that is another completely different area of discussion.

The human body is extremely tolerant of abuse and it takes years to show signs and symptoms of the abuses of excess: chemical, physical, emotional ...

The decision to start and continue on the path to health is truly up to the individual.

Written by Dr. Sternlicht for 3.10.06