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Losing My Mind Monkeys, If Only For A Bit

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yesterday my mind monkeys wouldn’t let go. No matter how many bananas I tossed them they rode the edges of my brain whispering all sorts of negative mantras. You see, I had just stepped off the scale with ONLY (lol) a 2.2 pound loss. It certainly wasn’t the seven pound loss from the week before.

I was slipping back into old patterns and behaviors, wasn’t I?

I had walked this road before only to stumble and skin my knee and remain, well remain FAT.

At least that’s what those monkeys swinging from my synaptic junctions kept telling me. We’re hard wired for the negative. Everything in our world screams “Make you better.” When we fall short of whatever better is, usually on the cover of US and People, we slip into a state of depression and the monkeys go wild. At least mine do. Yesterday I tossed them a few emotional bananas and while it didn’t totally satisfy them it quieted them down long enough for me to have a really good day that didn’t revolve around what I put in my mouth.

My clothing has begun to fit better. It’s not baggy or anything like that. Let’s say it’s less snug. I noticed it around mid-week. This road has been traveled well too. The mind says something like “Ooooooo you’re gonna weigh in with a huge loss!!” The day comes to weigh in and you want to see if your scale is broken. “But never mind, ignore the nice feeling lose clothes give you it was ONLY 2.2 pounds.”

In reality whatever I am doing is starting to work. I’m following the path of my September goals; portion control, thirty minutes of movement or exercise each day and ten minutes of quiet time each day.

The week following a huge loss is like winning the Super Bowl or the World Series. What do you do the next week; lose eight pounds, then nine the next and suddenly you are on life support? There is a lot of pressure to succeed and when we put it on ourselves only one thing is going to happen; someone finds the key, opens the door and the mind monkeys go wild.

I sat at church yesterday and heard the beautiful gospel reading about Jesus curing the man who was deaf and mute. He uttered the words “Be Open.” The monkeys quieted down. He asked that we open ourselves and our lives to everything that comes our way, good, bad or indifferent. In this story he opens us up to all sorts of possibilities if we only stop for a few minutes and really listen to them.

I am 2.2 pounds lighter, my clothes fit better, I am sleeping better and I am more alert and much more active. When I sit and close my eyes those are the images that dance before my eyes.

What monkeys?
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GOOSIEMOON 9/19/2012 10:18AM

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MANILUS 9/15/2012 11:07AM

    Congratulations on working the plan, 2.2 is a good weekly weigh in!

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RAINBOWMF 9/14/2012 1:06AM

    non-scale victories that is what you need.

Sending you an e-mail with a link.

Go over some of this gals blogs--- she was a 3X and is now a large - in 190 days
she did not touch the scale-- she did not let the scale rule- she went by her clothes.
BTW she has weighed now but will not weigh again until Jan. 2013.

Mary

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SPSPSP1 9/13/2012 10:52PM

    Every week your mind and body are getting stronger and healthier. Congratulations!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/13/2012 12:58PM

    Way to not listen and out smart those negative mind monkeys!

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BARB5970 9/12/2012 10:17AM

    Don't let the monkeys live rent free in your head. That's not only negative, but a waste of mental engery. 2.2 down is wonderful. As a matter of fact, even if it was .02, that's still good. For me even staying the same has become a success. As long as I'm no longer gaining, I'm on the right path. emoticon

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LADILADIDA 9/12/2012 9:43AM

    For me, yoga became a practice of not quieting the mind but more like recognizing it's lack of importance of it's monkey business. Your 10 minutes of meditation, or quiet time as you call it, is a huge win for you. Success is the result of our actions. The action is the present and the present moment feels good. Stick with the present and let the weightloss just be a surprise rather than an expectation. emoticon

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/11/2012 10:18AM

    Well done John, 2.2lbs off is awesome! Good luck for next week

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LYNMEINDERS 9/11/2012 5:25AM

    Woohoo John...2.2lbs...thats awesome...go you...keep doing what you are doing...

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 9/11/2012 12:25AM

    It all adds up over the long haul. Sure, We all want the big loss..but, sometimes we just have to add up the 2 pounds here and there to get that number.
You are doing it.

It all works out in the end. Right?

Love the Mind Monkey concept. I have several of the dang critters I fight off...sometimes daily. Rebuking the negative thoughts in JESUS Name will help. One day there will be less of the little buggers hanging from the tree limbs.

You will reach your destination...

It's a great journey that we share, full of great people to help us along the way. YOU are one of those people . God Bless. Imogene

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CARTOONB 9/10/2012 10:52PM

    Mind monkeys? LOL! Love the visual.

And you didn't lose ONLY 2.2 pounds. You lost an entire KILOgram. Kilo is for one thousand!! Look how great you're doing to lose over TWO THOUSAND grams. emoticon

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AHAVAH123 9/10/2012 9:46PM

    Excellent!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/10/2012 9:38PM

    Mind monkeys? I love it. What a great visual. I certainly have my fair share of mind monkeys. Keeping focusing on those non-scale victories and those mind monkeys will be long gone.

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KELLYPAQ 9/10/2012 9:22PM

    Don't let those negative thoughts creep in. Stay strong and you will see results.

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SAGELADY2 9/10/2012 8:55PM

    Mind monkeys...I'm going to keep that one. They come in all flavors you know? Work, diet, excercise, hair.... I'm visualizing Dorothy on her way to Oz. emoticon

Congratulations on the 2.2 pounds. It's a darn sight better than the alternative on the measuring stick.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2012 7:19PM

    Monkeys be banished! This is John's house! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/10/2012 7:04PM

    Hey, I think you're doing great!!! Monkeys or no monkeys, lol; keep up the good work!!!
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REFFIE1 9/10/2012 5:05PM

    I wish I could lose 2.2 pounds in a week, so celebrate. Also, even if you did not lose a pound after the 7 pounds it would still be great because you would have maintained that 7 pound loss. Think of the alternative of emoticon gaining 2.2. pounds and you will realize the great progress you made. Those monkey need to swing elsewhere.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 9/10/2012 4:50PM

    don't disregard 2.2 lbs.. and feeling better and clothing fitting better. YOu're doing GREAT!

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NASFKAB 9/10/2012 3:03PM

  all the best

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REGILIEH 9/10/2012 2:42PM

    I'm glad the monkey's are gone!

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DOODIE59 9/10/2012 2:37PM

    Yes, be open. All kinds of wonderful things can happen. Weight loss is only one of them:)
Deirdre

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SBNORMAL 9/10/2012 2:31PM

  Monkeys are mean and cure and like to kick us when we are down!! I wish I could send my monkeys to the jungle or at least the zoo.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2012 1:53PM

    Yep, you have to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Good old Bing!!

Congrats on the weight loss!!

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SMOCKON 9/10/2012 1:32PM

    If only we could all lose 2.2 pounds each week (which is PERFECT) . . . Let's face it, we want to get off 50-100 pounds overnight. But you know, 2 pounds a week until goal weight gets us to the same place in the end.

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DEBRITA01 9/10/2012 1:30PM

    Oh, how we focus on the scale as the indicator of our success ~ even when we know better!. 2.2 down, improved sleep, and looser clothes reflect great progress. Let's keep feeding those monkeys those bananas...one day they will be off our backs for good! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/10/2012 1:14PM

    Wow 2.2pounds in a week would be like winning the lottery for me..I do good losing half a pound a week and I'm not complaining...at least I'm losing!!! Feeding my monkeys now.

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FUN2BAROUND 9/10/2012 1:12PM

    I like the idea of "being open". Think I'll practice that today.
THANKS!
Ellen
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ADELE66 9/10/2012 12:54PM

    Ah... the Silencing of the Monkeys....'tis a wonderful thing!

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DR8561 9/10/2012 12:26PM

    John 10:10 says the thief's goals are to steal, kill, and destroy. I think the thought monkeys are his little minions. They try to distract us and get us to lose our focus and our confidence to make the thief's job easier. I've been struggling against some of those monkeys myself. I like your goal of setting aside quiet time in your day. I've been missing that in mine.

emoticon We're stronger than we think!

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SHERIO5 9/10/2012 12:24PM

    Ah yes, the monkeys...I think taming the monkeys is the biggest part of the journey...but you are right, when I'm with the Lord, the monkeys are quieter, if not absent.

Have a blessed day! emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 9/10/2012 12:16PM

    Stupid monkeys. I JUST wrote an email to my best friend (who also struggles with weight issues) about how my jeans are uncomfortably tight today, and I know it's my TOM and I sure did eat like it all last week, but come ON, at my worst I am not topping 1800 calories and HOW CAN IT BE that I am one of the ones who seems destined to struggle, struggle, struggle with this for the rest of my life?! It's so unfair! How can you still have an uncomfortable spare tire at 130-135 pounds?! Why does this battle still have to present ALL day EVERY day for the REST of my life?!

Stop it, you silly, screaming monkeys!

All I can say is it's a good darn thing I am FINALLY going to start properly learning yoga. I got a great deal on some classes at a very conveniently located studio. My BF is even going to take some with me! Because seriously, I need to quiet my mind and gain some perspective. These tiny struggles are nothing compared to losing 70 pounds. At least, they shouldn't be. Time to distract the monkeys!




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CHESSARIA 9/10/2012 12:01PM

    This helped me a lot today. I've been watching what I eat, and logging about 90% of it for a week. My exercise goals have been met 90% of the time for the last month. And I have yet to see the scale dip any lower. It's nice to know I'm not alone with my monkeys!

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