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.
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.
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,