Thursday, June 16, 2011
Today I realized that I have been using a "tool" that I hadn't used in a long time!
Back when I was in nursing school, I used to "see" myself doing procedures. I always made sure that I visualized every step, and that I ended with a successful outcome. Whenever I did this, I had no problem with actually doing the procedure! I have used this tool with every job I've had, and probably all of my life. It's only recently that I found out that it has a name, and is a technique that is taught in places.
But I had stopped doing it..mostly because I didn't "see" myself succeeding at anything. But today I realized I was doing it, and had been since I started the Spark Program! For example;
-when I exercise, I "see" my fat melting away and changing into muscle. Whether this actually happens or not doesn't matter! It still helps to motivate me, and I sure hope that as my fat goes away, muscle is being developed!
-When I stretch, I "see" those muscles becoming long and lean! (Resulting in a skinnier me!!)
-when I get dressed and my clothes are just a little bit loose, I "see" myself as skinny! This means I can do things I couldn't do when I was fat.
Because of this, I don't look in the mirror so much. I want to "see" those images I mentioned above because they inspire me. Because I can see it in my mind, I know it will happen!
Now I need to learn to do that "seeing" when I'm tempted to overeat, or turn to food because I'm bored or upset or sad. And I need to use that "seeing" when I am tempted to skip that exercise! Instead of reaching for those snacks or skipping that walk, I will "see" the skinny me just walking away from the temptations!
And that is what I did with my exercise tonight! It works!!!