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Stinkin Thinkin

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I have no idea when I first hear that phrase and I think it was part of a self improvement program. Where ever I heard it the words have stayed with me. Stinkin thinkin is what we do when our self talk sabotages our efforts. Stinkin thinkin goes hand in hand with a computer programming term - GIGO - garbage in garbage out. In our case the computer is our brain and there are a myriad of things that program our brains. Life experiences, what we read, movies, TV shows, and how we perceive events all go into programming our brains. When we started on this lifestyle change we had been programmed to gain weight, have high blood pressure, high Cholesterol, and a plethora of other unhealthy things. We didn't plan to have those problems but the reality is that we did develop those problems. Stinkin thinkin got us there and we need to change our thinkin.

Let's start with the phrase I've heard so many times - I HATE EXERCISE. Why? What did exercise ever do to you? Now, when I hear "I don't like exercise" that makes sense to me. Fine, I get it. Stinkin thinkin. What you're saying but won't use the words is - I won't do what I should do to lower my BP and Cholesterol and weight and prevent heart attacks and, and, and - BECAUSE - I don't like it. Ya think, maybe, you can reprogram your thinking to this: I will do whatever it takes to improve my quality of life - one tiny step at a time.

Stinkin thinkin about food. "I don't eat breakfast". "I'm a meat and potatoes guy." "I don't like vegetables." "I'm too busy to eat right." "It costs too much to eat healthy." I'll bet you can add to this. There are ways to get around every one of these obstacles and the answers can be found here in Sparkpeople. If you want a healthier body you have to feed it healthy food and if you look in the healthy lifestyle section of SP you'll find out how. When you stop telling yourself you don't like certain healthy foods and instead find a way that you can prepare the food so it tastes, at least, decent then you'll learn to eat better. My 10 year old grandson refuses to eat most vegetables and throws a fit if anyone insists that he eat it. Please don't tell me you behave like him. emoticon

OK, I'm not saying this is easy -it isn't. However, it's worth it. To really succeed at this change in lifestyle we have to reprogram our thinking. We have to talk nice to ourselves when we blow it. We have to constantly tell ourselves what's important because we have had a different set of priorities. Before reprogramming - If it tastes good then eat it and super size is better. After - I'll control what and how much I stuff in my face and I'll know whether it's nutritious or not. Before reprogramming - I'm not getting out of my recliner because the game is on. After reprogramming - I can exercise as I watch the Super Bowl. emoticon

As I have said in several blogs "It's a mind game" and to win this game we have to reprogram our minds. That takes a deliberate effort on our part, and it takes time, but we can do it.

Enjoy the ride,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HONBAD 8/24/2012 8:04AM

    I want to print this blog and give it to patients! I think about this all the time but you put it so well! I reversed my stinkin thinkin so I know it is possible!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/23/2012 6:36AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/22/2012 10:51PM

    I love the title as well as the blog. "Stinkin Thinkin". LOL And that's the truth and the whole truth.

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GRAMMAP1 8/22/2012 9:53PM

    How right you are Lew. It reminded me when I had 15 Boys in a dormitory. I always served two different veggies and they were required to take one: or two if they liked them both. One youngster about 12 ate one pea and a half glass of water until he got his small serving of peas completed. I wish I could remember the other veggie; squash maybe.
Years later, he and his girl friend were sitting with us at a banquet and low and behold; they served peas and carrots. I was anxious to see what he would do. He ate the carrots and left the peas. We had a good laugh together. I offered to get him more water.

From SP I have learned, you make excuses for what you don't WANT to do. I have, and it is wrong! emoticon

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COCHESE321 8/22/2012 9:29PM

    For so many years, Stinkin Thinkin kept me believing that:

1. I was meant to be fat
2. Vegetables were evil
3. I hated to sweat
4. I was too old/too young/too SOMETHING to accomplish anything
5. I had no right to an opinion or an ambition - I mean, who was I? I was fat!
6. And the worst one of all - I LIKED IT THAT WAY! Aarrgghh!

Thank you for the reminder. Whether we think we can, or think we can't, we are right!


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GGMFAY 8/22/2012 8:05PM

    You tell facts in such a down to earth way. No one should get upset even if you were sharing one-on-one. But you share it as you have and are living it. emoticon

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ZIGGY122 8/22/2012 7:02PM

    emoticon blog

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DIET_FRIEND 8/22/2012 6:46PM

    Nicely put! Keep on sparking!

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GLORYFB80 8/22/2012 6:40PM

    That stinkin thinkin still tries to sabotage my brain about eating! It keeps insisting how good sweet and/or fat food tastes and has me actually drooling at times!

It really is a mind game Lew and takes some of us longer to figure that out. We have to continuously tell our brains 'uh uh', 'no no', 'nada', until it gets the message! Right now I'm chugging down a bottle of water cause my brain tells me about how good my husband's bag of cookies taste and I know I don't want them, know I'm not even hungry. Water will dissipate that ole thought! I say over and over "Be Gone!" and now I don't want those cookies!

Thanks for another insightful blog, a great read again!

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