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Paralysis of Analysis

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My weight goes up a little, and suddenly my brain is in overdrive. I examine myriad possibilities - could have been this, or this, or that, or...or...or? And then I get so stuck in the "whys" that I forget the simple things - the "whats." Whatever else might be involved, the truth is that for the past 10 days or so, I've eaten a little too much and been a little less active. My brain knows all the rest, water, emotions, season change, sleep, etc. etc. But really all I have to do is the simple things, and the complicated things will take care of themselves.

Years ago in AA, an older gentleman who'd been sober for decades listened to my rant at a meeting and suggested kindly that he recognized my problem...paralysis of analysis. The inability to move in the right direction because of being SO VERY busy figuring out the reasons for everything was keeping me from doing the simple things. He was right then, and he's still right now. His advice has helped me stay clean and sober, one day at a time, for 29 years, and I think it can help me with this, too.

So, back to basics! Thanks everyone for your suggestions, your kindness, and your warmth. I never expected any of those, and I'm so very, very grateful.
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    Wow, what a great analysis... need to keep that in mind. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1816 days ago
    Your just like ME !!!

    1817 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Great blog. Thank you. In addition to a timely reminder re my health goals this has really helped get me unstuck in my writing. I have been stuck on a tiny part of a short story over the past two weeks... And reading this made me realise I'd just over analysed what I was trying to say. On reflection the 9 pages of notes on one paragraph should have been a clue as to why I was stuck!). Thank you.
    1819 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    I remember hearing that in an OA meeting years ago and it stuck with me. I actually love open AA meetings because the old timers are so honest and just cut right to the heart of things. We can spend a life time figuring out why and never bother to change. Just another bit of 'stinking thinking" as they call it!
    Good luck staying on track! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1820 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/26/2013 11:52:09 AM
    Sounds like a very wise man....very interesting what he said--Paralysis of Analysis!
    emoticon on 29 years clean and sober!!! emoticon

    1820 days ago
    I love your blog, Gail, because that's exactly what I was thinking about my upcoming move! I thought, as I stressed myself out, what is the bottom line?

    "That everything is moved to the new apartment on March 30."

    That's the bottom line so now I am concentrating on not making my packing "perfect", but just packing. Thanks for sharing! And, by the way, for me it is 20 years. emoticon Love, Chelsea
    1821 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing the story ; )
    1822 days ago
    I will definitely remember that! Thank you so much for sharing!
    1822 days ago
    What powerful little words! Thanks so much for sharing them. Now that I remember them!
    1822 days ago
    It is so easy for us to think oh a little of this won't hurt or I don't have time to exercise today and it does catch up with us. Great thing is we have the power to change things. It is all about choices. I had trouble getting back on track after being sick but had a talk with my self and am doing better now. Sounds like you have been having that talk with your self too. emoticon
    1822 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    It's life. It's choices. It is what it is.

    Proud of you for taking responsibility and not making excuses!

    You picked yourself up, dusted yourself off, and are going to continue on your way. :D

    1822 days ago
    Did you run out of duct tape? You know what you need to do. I guess I need to come over there and kick your butt. While I am there kick mine too. Stop analizying everything and move forward. Calories in have to be less than calories out. We both know that. We both also know that the more we move the easier the scales move in that downward motion.

    I have been off track myself and find myself looking back at why. It's not any more effort than it is with anything else that we both want. Today starts a new day. Get back to tracking and moving.

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    1822 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    So moving. This is the right way to go. One day at a time. Don't worry about tomorrow ,and let yesterday be in the past,just live for today. We can try to corrected mistakes from yesterday, but I say learn from them and move on. His advice was right. Have a great day. emoticon
    1822 days ago
  • KITT52
    great advice...I tend to be this way too...over thinking..when I know if I eat a bit less and exercise a bit more, I'd be at my goal weight soon.....

    have a healthy week
    1822 days ago
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