A Light Bulb Moment

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I don’t typically tell jokes in my blogs and columns but I’ve decided to make an exception this week.  But before I share my joke with you, let me tell you what brought this particular joke to mind.  I was looking through my email when I ran across a message that had the following written in the subject line – Dr. Sklare–Light Bulb.  Here is an excerpt from that message.

Did really well until just a few hours ago.  I was hungry and cranky and on edge and wanted foods that didn’t serve my goals, and within an hour I was telling myself, “You just don’t have what it takes. These urges and NEEDS and DEMANDS are overpowering and…well, you’re not THAT much overweight anyway, right?”

That’s when the light bulb went on. I’m not inadequate and overpowered, I’m just unwilling to accept what “difficult” really means, and how difficult “difficult” can be! I was TOTALLY misreading what was happening with my urges, and unwilling to take on the double discomfort of challenging my old beliefs AND holding on through the difficulty of making the changes in my eating. It’s hard! But doable!  Ugh. I think I’ve been spending a lot of years as what I now call a Head Nodder. I take in all these profound insights and words of wisdom with a smile and an eager nod of the head because they’re so GOOD!!!…then I don’t follow it up with action, other than continuing to nod my head at the next lightening bolt of insight that comes my way. Who knew that “action” can mean staying in place and committing to discomfort for an abstract payoff in the future? I don’t really like the idea, but I’ll take it.

What a brilliant and insightful comment.  When it comes to losing weight and creating lifelong healthy change, this woman hits the nail right on its proverbial little head.  Difficult does not mean impossible and commitment does demand action.  But real change can only happen IF you are honestly ready to embrace it.  You have truly got to want to change if you’re going to make this work.  Speaking of change, let me share that joke with you I referred to earlier.  OK, here goes.

QUESTION:  How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
ANSWER:  Well, it only takes one but the light bulb has really got to want to change.

Sorry!  I think I can actually hear you groaning from here.  But please keep in mind that this joke is not intended to make you bend over in hysteria or roll on the floor in uncontrollable laughter.  It’s intended to offer you a powerful lesson regarding embracing change in your life.  As a matter of fact, let me slightly change this joke so it’s more appropriate for you.  Let me put it this way.

QUESTION:  How many diet programs does it take to finally lose this weight and change your life?
ANSWER:  Well, it only takes one but you have really got to want to change.

Anyone having a light bulb moment or are you simply nodding your head in agreement?

Wishing You Great Health,

Dr. John H. Sklare

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