Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Earlier in the month we were in Alberta, the province we moved from last year. When we visit with old friends it makes me think, what if we hadn't moved? Are we becoming different from them? When we made the decision to move to Vancouver, it was to have an active lifestyle in this moderate oceanic climate. I now see it's not just the climate that influences our lifestyle, it's the people. Our new friends and neighbors are physically active, garden, volunteer their talents and time, like to travel, and have active lifestyles. That could describe our former friends too.
However the new friends are even more active. I see my neighbors outside more, walking with others, with dogs, or alone; rain or shine. We see friends out more at the gym, at church, or lending a hand to help others. Also the older people are good role models as they continue active lifestyles. Where we lived before there were few older people and they did not maintain as much activity.
For today's visualization, imagine that you have to make a choice between your favorite junk food and an apple. Confidently reach out, grab the apple, and take a big bite. Notice the feeling of relief that washes over you. You made the right decision that will help you get one step closer to your weight-loss goal! Think about this scenario if you feel tempted by unhealthy choices today.
I would not feel relief by eating the apple, but I would feel I had appeased my appetite for something else and the craving has passed. That would be a relief that I didn't reach for a high calorie something else.