Monday, October 01, 2012
I used to think that no was my power word. I would go to a restaurant with friends or family, and I would say no to the bread sticks, no to the extra sauce, and no to dessert.
I'd feel very proud of myself after the fact, but I was littering my life with a lot of no's. On the outside it was okay, because I was doing what I was supposed to do: following my new, healthy, nutritious way of life. But on the inside, it felt like a whole lot of negativity. I felt like I was depriving myself of the things I enjoyed most.
And then I thought a little more about it, and I realized something positive. I wasn't saying no to those foods. I was say YES to a happier, healthier me. Each time the word no came out of my mouth, it was a yes in disguise. Yes, I want to live longer. Yes, I want that long life to be the best it can be. Yes, I want to feel great about myself.
And when I exercise, I'm not saying no to watching my favorite movie or doing this or that on the computer. I'm saying, "Yes! I want to get up and get active!"
I'm not depriving myself with all these no's, I'm giving myself the chance to indulge in a healthy, active lifestyle. A lifestyle that I've always wanted for myself.
So each time that little no comes out of your mouth, and you start to feel a little deprived, because you're not getting to enjoy something that you normally would, just remember what it is you're saying YES to: an even better life, where you get to do so many things that you were never able to do before. You're saying yes to being really, truly happy.