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Mind over matter

Friday, February 19, 2010

Iím no longer on a diet.

I donít want to use the word ďdiet,Ē I wonít think of myself as being on a diet and I donít want anyone to ask how my diet is going.

This is a mindset Ė not a diet.

As a two-time former smoker ó I quit once when I met my now ex-husband, and again three years ago when I broke up with a smoking ex-boyfriend ó I can tell you how difficult it is to change a habit if your mind isnít set. Both times I quit smoking it came only after my mind told me I didnít want to do this anymore. The first time I was 20 years old and bartending one summer between semesters; the second time I was 39 and was just driving around Cedar Rapids.

Both times I had an epiphany: I donít want to do this anymore.

This is the same thing. Iíve been fighting my weight for years, since I was in college. Did you catch that? Iíve been fighting my weight Ė and thatís why I havenít been winning. This isnít a fight, itís not a struggle. Itís a matter of changing my mind, setting my sights on something new.

Does that mean that all I have to do is change my mind, decide I donít want to be heavy and poof! Iím going to lose weight? Of course not. But one thing Iíve discovered in the last three weeks Ė since I changed my mind and decided I didnít want to be heavy any longer Ė is that when I take the negativity out of the effort, it not only becomes easier, it becomes fun.

I enjoy trying new leaner recipes, working out and finding new ways to get fit. Itís a challenge, but itís no longer a fight.

So Iím not on a diet. Iím just making myself two sizes smaller so I can look good in any pictures that are taken at my sonís graduation.

Whoís with me?

Oh Ė and feel free to ask how the challenge is going.
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