No one tells you this about change..

Such an amazing moment. 

In more ways than one.

Especially as it all happened so quickly that our other 19 month old daughter at the time was actually there in the corner of the room, drawing Peppa Pig (well trying to)

Completely oblivious to the whole situation…

Until she turns around, sees the baby and says ‘baby’…

It was literally that quick (huge contrast to the first)…

But safe to say, a few sleepless nights have happened since…

And NO one can prepare you for it…

When you come home with a little bundle of joy..

The moment you have been waiting for…

You never quite understood just how much it changes your life..

I mean, how can something so small have such an impact?

And -I’ll be honest – there was me before our first baby saying

 “it’s just like having a dog, right?”

^^ similar but not quite…dogs (especially Labradors learn quicker haha)

No matter how hard it is sometimes though…

How tired you are…

How good it feels for your head to hit the pillow and your eyes to drift off…

(Even with my inability to wake up as fast as Mrs Fruci to the crying…)

That disrupted sleep is hard…

But we keep going..

Because we know this doesn’t last forever…

Fast forward to now..

And my sleep is BACK…

We have two amazing little miracles…

But isn’t it fascinating?

Just how much we are willing to do…

And push through…

As we know this is a special time..

That won’t last forever..

To think we now have no pushchairs

Or baby stuff,,

Yet…

I can’t tell you how many times some of the ladies have sat down with me 

Called me on the phone

Been in session with me at 630am <<< yes 630 am

And said “I am lazy” <<<

“I should be doing more”

“I want to lose weight faster”

Isn’t that crazy?

Especially when you consider what happens when we change

Stage 1: Uniformed optimism: you know, when you start something new. You are motivated. Excited. 

Stage 2: Informed pessimism:  you start to think ‘this is hard’…”I am not sure I can do this”…<<< bit like a few weeks in to parenthood…

Stage 3: Pit of despair   you feel low….and look for the next shiny object to give you that UNINFORMED OPTIMISM again 

And we are back to Stage 1 and we repeat AGAIN…

That is the yoyo dieting cycle..

UNLESS>>

We make it through to 

Stage 4: Informed Optimism:   you accept where you are now. You have that self-awareness. Focus on progress not perfection and although may seem slower, is actually FASTER because you don’t give up and end up back at Stage 1…

Stage 5: Success and fulfilment:   new habits are forming. You get a real reward and feeling of achievement …

And I’ll leave you with this…

Change is hard..

But at the same time it is the best thing in the world…

as Albert Einstein apparently said:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Because when you think about things like this and remember that the chance of you being born and here today are something like 400 TRILLION TO ONE…

It makes you think:

Are we here just to ‘get through it’ or are we here to make a difference and enjoy it?

Matt