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The Three Pounds that Control Me

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5/10/2012 6:00 AM   :  47 comments   :  14,924 Views

Are you obsessing about a certain number on the scale?  Are you depressed when you don’t see the number you want?  I’m focusing all my attention and effort on about three pounds right now.

If you’ve read any of my blogs like Scale Haters Unite! or Pointing Fingers and Calling Names, you know that I’m typically not in favor of focusing on a number.  Why would I be totally obsessed about roughly three pounds right now?  Why would I be dwelling on it throughout the day and now writing a blog about it?

Our brain weighs about three pounds and it controls every single move we make, and every thought we have.  My brain determines whether I am filled with encouragement, optimism, and commitment, or whether I am drowning in pessimism, doubt and discouragement.  The choice is mine and mine alone.  One way of thinking will help me reach my goals, and another way of thinking will guarantee my failure.  So my scale is still in the bathroom corner, neglected and currently weighing dust particles, while I turn my attention to filling my brain with the things that will help me have a positive outcome in my healthy lifestyle routine.

So how am I building strength in the ''three pounds'' to help me succeed?   Here are a few things I’ve done lately:

I started gathering a large amount of motivational pictures, healthy recipes, and other things that inspire me on Pinterest. You can find my boards here. Feel free to copy anything that inspires you.  I am choosing to craft an attitude that will allow me to be successful, and am trying to eliminate the attitude that drags me down.  Think of it as weeding your garden so only the good things grow. You can also find motivational quotes and motivational slideshows at SparkPeople.com.  

I was motivated recently by one of my team members who gets up every morning and does a one-minute drill of jump roping.  At first glance, you might think, ''One minute, so what?''  Well, I decided to do one-minute wall squats.  That sixty seconds might not sound like much, but if I could keep that habit up every day for the next ten years, I will complete 3,650 minutes of wall squats.  Don’t you think my lower body will be stronger for doing that?  Now I’ve added one more minute of brain work.  Before I get out of bed, I grab my phone or iPad and look at the motivational fitness pins that I've found and pick a poster for the day.  Scrolling through those gives me strength to get out of bed and face the day with courage and resolve.  That one minute of setting my mental direction is making a difference in how I face my day.  I’m grateful that my friend shared her one-minute philosophy with me because it’s helping me make healthier decisions.  Banding together with like-minded individuals on SparkPeople has definitely helped improve the way I think about my life now.  The longer I've been on this journey, the more I've realized that even 60 seconds of fitness can make a difference. 

I’ve also been sharing my food intake more regularly with a couple of SparkFriends to keep me accountable.  Just that little action of sharing pictures, recipes, and thoughts about food is helping me strengthen my resolve to eat healthier.  It’s the grey matter between my eyes that decides what I eat and any way I can strengthen it to make healthier choices is a good thing. 

I’ve been ''pinning'' healthy food options and going through SparkRecipes more frequently and making meals ahead on Sunday that are easy to grab and go.  Eliminating the need to use the ''three pounds'' to decide what I want to eat when I’m tired and hurried is a way to prevent myself from eating junk.  Learning where my potential pitfalls are and finding ways to avoid them has made it easier to go along on the journey.

By focusing my brain on positives, I am more successful.  Each time that I’m successful, it helps me to get more traction so I can continue moving in the right direction.  So my challenge to you is to focus your brain every morning and develop a mindset that will help you make sure that your day is successful.  In many ways, I find this easier than thinking negatively about my potential.  Not only does it help me mentally, but it also makes me feel physically better, as if I'm carrying a lighter load.

Are you winning in the brain game or do you think you need to make a few changes to the way you think?  What is a 60-second challenge that you can add to your day that will help you get healthier?  Do you have a positive mantra that you can share?
 



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Comments

  • 47
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this.

    To me, you reminded me just how powerful 60 seconds can be! - 4/22/2014   4:23:13 AM
  • 46
    Mantra: Focus on What you Want and What you Have
    Mantra: I am Worth It
    Mantra: I ain't no punk, I got this (for grueling workouts) - 11/28/2013   9:52:44 AM
  • 45
    Starting the day positive is an absolute to a great day! One minute of exercise over a period of time makes a huge difference - good one! Thanks! - 7/13/2012   1:00:43 PM
  • JOMPINKHAM
    44
    Always felt I had to do a good work out 1/2 hr or so or not at all, have to decided to do hula hoop for 3 mins in the a.m. and my stairs at least once..see if I can build up that way.. 60 second challenge is really not that much... thanks. - 5/20/2012   9:23:45 PM
  • 43
    I know I need more changes, but this is exactly what I am focusing on right now as well - renewing my mind. - 5/13/2012   8:24:34 AM
  • BAPSANN
    42
    Great blog, thanks for sharing - 5/12/2012   3:28:15 PM
  • 41
    I'm a person of faith. Every morning before I get out of bed, I give thanks for any number of things. Starting tomorrow morning, I'm going to give thanks for the wondrous creation that is my body.
    - 5/11/2012   10:28:56 PM
  • SASSYKATE44
    40
    Awesome blog and great material to take to "the bank" (read the brain). I am so obsessed with the number on the scale and cannot seem to break the obsession. But I am now going to seriously try. Wish some of these blogs could be printed so they can be re-read easier and absorbed. I like to share these great things with my fellow TOPS pals and do not feel like writing it all. However, for now, I am going to TRY and live this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing. - 5/11/2012   10:16:07 PM
  • 39
    I love this blog and I love this idea :-) I'm adopting it, right now :-)
    Thank you! - 5/11/2012   9:13:54 PM
  • 38
    Thank you this was very helpful. are you sure that 5 min o less is healthy. i would not have looked at exercising that way. the point is to get started - 5/11/2012   7:59:52 PM
  • LREIGLE
    37
    Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed! !!!! - 5/11/2012   1:40:19 PM
  • 36
    This is without a doubt the best piece I have read on Spark so far. Don't get me wrong, almost everything I have read has been great, but this is wonderful! Inspirational, useful...why I visit Spark each day. Thank you,
    Chris - 5/11/2012   1:07:28 PM
  • CAZLINR
    35
    Great blog! I loved your ideas-thanks. Hugs! - 5/11/2012   12:56:32 PM
  • 34
    Just the shot in the arm I needed. Our pastor's sermon a couple of weeks ago was about focus. And we are drawn to the things we focus on. (His example when if you look over a cliff/high place you have that feeling like you're going to fall.) So this totally goes along with what he was teaching us spiritually ... now I can apply physically. Thanks for the encouraging/well-timed word. I'll see you around Pinterest! :) - 5/11/2012   12:31:27 PM
  • LDMCNIEL
    33
    Thank you! - 5/11/2012   12:17:06 PM
  • KMMACM
    32
    I'm going to pinch your 60-second idea! Thank you! - 5/11/2012   11:03:59 AM
  • HEALTHYBOOMER
    31
    Michelene, this is a great post!
    I've been saying for years that people need to throw out their scales. One minute in the morning, another minute in the afternoon, maybe another at night while your watching TV - all of these add up to a more fit body and mind. I agree - don't ever think that 60 seconds isn't enough. It's a step forward and we can't get from one place to another without making each step count. It truly is a matter of re-training our brains!
    - 5/11/2012   10:56:14 AM
  • 30
    Thank you so much for this blog! I read yesterday about someone who did the one minute jump roping - which won't work for me for several reasons - but one minute wall squats I could certainly do! (or at least try!). I drove to work today wondering about what I could do in the morning, and now, because of you I know! I think I will also add planks. I am up to 45 seconds with planks....so maybe a minute could be possible! - 5/11/2012   10:55:09 AM
  • MADDITA
    29
    I have been obsessed with the scale. This blog helped me to think about the real issue of being healthy so I will put my scale away for now and just focus on exercising and eating healthy. Just yesterday, I did push ups on my kitchen counter while cooking dinner, I think I'll try this everyday for now on! Thanks for sharing :) - 5/11/2012   9:03:20 AM
  • 28
    The best "Blog" I've read in a while! I have the following quote written on the board in my office at work:

    Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future! Zig Ziglar

    If we consistently feed our brain positive & motivating information, then we will begin to see positive results in our life....in all areas!


    Love the 60 second idea! Will incorporate it! - 5/11/2012   9:01:37 AM
  • POPCORNCARLA
    27
    I really needed to hear this today as I always struggle with my brain as to how I respond to myself and my needs. I have posted on my desk wall " Savor your successes and let go of the failures" but I think I need to add "Positive in; Negative out". I beat myself up more than anyone else could ever do and ironically I would never let someone else do it to me so why do I do it to myself. That is the $1,000,000 question. - 5/11/2012   8:53:36 AM
  • 26
    i like the ideas about 60 seconds and pinterest - i'd like to incorporate them into my day. - 5/11/2012   6:34:35 AM
  • 25
    I agree we should focus on other things besides the number on the scale..
    I do 5 minutes of stretching before getting out of bed . Followed up with 10 minutes of pilates. While I am stretching I have positive thoughts about the day ahead..
    But no way am I going to give up weighing myself every other day.
    I have 3 pounds on my mind. That's how much lee way I give myself. I want to stay 135 lbs. If I go up 3 lbs, It's time to check it then and now. After losing 200 lbs, I don't ever want to gain. The scales is my friend. Helps keep me accountable. - 5/11/2012   2:23:54 AM
  • 24
    Thank you for the motivation. I needed it today. - 5/10/2012   11:21:35 PM
  • 23
    inspiring blog. 1 minute suggestion works - 5/10/2012   9:54:56 PM
  • 22
    thanks for the nice article. My motto is 'To get the butt you want you have to get off the one you have"..............! - 5/10/2012   6:33:36 PM
  • 19PITSY53
    21
    I need to hear more of this kind of inspiration to keep me "On fire" and "On task". Thanks - 5/10/2012   6:14:13 PM
  • 20
    Thanks for th encouragement! - 5/10/2012   1:20:47 PM
  • 19
    Yes, I am winning! My mantra is "negative out, positive in". This began with the people around me when I started this journey in ernest. It made a big impact for me not being sourrounded by the negativity and sabatoge. I'm pretty positive in general, but I seek all the positivity I can find. Beginning my day with reading positive thoughts, motivational and spiritual devotionals, etc. I also keep my Dreamboard/Vision Collage with me in my bag, and on my Sparkpage, and I look at it regularly to see where I began, and how far I've come. Also, I've checked off a number of my dreams, and I need to update it with new ones. It's very motivating, and I am more successful having my positive attitude. - 5/10/2012   12:59:09 PM
  • 18
    Thank you for sharing. Great reminder. - 5/10/2012   12:19:00 PM
  • ND774748
    17
    Loved you blog! Thank you. - 5/10/2012   11:36:29 AM
  • CPILLS1970
    16
    Very motivating! Your Pinterest board is wonderful. - 5/10/2012   11:33:45 AM
  • 15
    Really cool blog. I enjoyed it a lot. I liked seeing how 60 seconds add up in a year, makes you realize every little thing can add up to big changes. - 5/10/2012   11:25:02 AM
  • 14
    I always weigh daily, because back when I didn't I found myself up at 214#. Never again. - 5/10/2012   10:54:44 AM
  • 13
    Awesome. I'm gonna try these out! Thank you. I feel like I'm in a rut, maybe this will pull me out~! - 5/10/2012   10:35:30 AM
  • 12
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I really needed to hear this at this time in my life. - 5/10/2012   10:09:53 AM
  • 11
    Thanks for sharing! I really needed this today. - 5/10/2012   10:02:41 AM
  • JENNIFERSTAM
    10
    Great post - 5/10/2012   9:48:32 AM
  • DIETER27
    9
    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts. Your blog made me think ! thanks for sharing your thoughts ! - 5/10/2012   9:43:54 AM
  • 8
    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. - 5/10/2012   9:17:56 AM
  • 7
    Awesome! I love this idea and going to give it a try. - 5/10/2012   9:04:43 AM
  • 6
    That is funny, my 16 daughter has really been struggling with weight lately and we have tried many things, but nothing is making a connection with her, until last night she read an article by Lauren Conrad, and my daughter really connected with the plan. Well one part of the plan is to do 50 crunches and a 1 minute plank each morning and each night. So, in an attempt to encourage and motivate my daughter when she asked if I would join her in this to keep her more accountable, I totally agreed. This morning we got up and did our 50 crunches and a 1 minute plank. Wonderful article, thanks so much for sharing your positive attitude! - 5/10/2012   8:58:28 AM
  • 5
    Awesome outlook! I love this! I'll have to think about a one minute challenge for myself everyday. oh the possibilities! - 5/10/2012   8:44:55 AM
  • 4
    Michelene ~ You had me going at first! SO glad to read on and find out you weren't scale-obsessing! I loved your blog today, and agree totally that it's the space between our ears that makes all the difference in our mood, our motivation, and ultimately much of our destiny. Finding your board on Pinterest was like finding a treasure chest! Inspiration abounds! Thank you! - 5/10/2012   8:39:46 AM
  • 3
    I know how you feel. I am working with 1 lb. best of luck - 5/10/2012   8:05:27 AM
  • 2
    Thanks for your thoughts! - 5/10/2012   7:42:07 AM
  • 1
    Thanx for the encouraging thoughts.
    Sharon - 5/10/2012   7:34:06 AM

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