I struggled with following expectations for my whole life. As a child, I resisted my teachers’ rules, naturally then, as I got older, I resisted being healthier.
See, I love food. I love sweets, fried food, food trucks, BBQs – everything that isn’t good for my waistline. I ALSO resist following the rules of having to be strict to get healthy.
My tendencies finally made sense when I took Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz. I wanted to see if I was an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel.
I wasn’t surprised when I scored as a “Rebel.” Rebels resist outer and inner expectations.
After decades of being addicted to sugar and feeling unable to control my cravings, I embraced my Rebel tendencies. As result, I lost 40 pounds, skyrocketed my energy and started wearing the clothes I had dreamed of wearing.
I’m super excited to share that Gretchen Rubin, a NY Times best-selling author and one of my favorite podcasters (Happier podcast), published a guest post I wrote on my experience to get healthier.
Gretchen Rubin is a master of happiness and establishing habits. She created the “Four Tendencies” that show how we react to inner and outer expectations. (You can take the quiz from the link below)
She gave me a place to share my story.
I don’t like rules or restriction, I thrive on enjoyment and pleasure, and I will do anything to express my identity. Even though it was hard for me to get healthier with these tendencies, I did it with a few easy techniques.
I share everything here:
I love hearing how people put the Four Tendencies framework to work – whether by using knowledge of their Tendency to improve their own lives, or to work more effectively with other people. Recently, I got an email from Nagina Abdullah, health coach and founder of MasalaBody.com.