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Talking Shredded Wheat

Saturday, April 27, 2013

If you've been following my blogs, you know that visualizations that involve most of the senses are very powerful for me. So I'm ready to let you in on my MOST powerful image.

It's like I have my own little Bite-Sized Shredded Wheat character sitting on my shoulder whose job it is to keep me full and focused.

And thoughts of that little character sitting on my shoulder have kept me going, looking for what would keep me full. Turns out it really WAS fiber. And SOMETHING has kept me focused and motivated since last August. I don't seem ready to bug out and go back to my old ways and put the 55 pounds I've lost back on, though I might have 50 more pounds to go.

But ever since I watched that little girl saying 'You Drive! Worry About Yourself!"

and the blog I wrote after watching her video:
; the little guy on my shoulder has gotten a little bolder.

Just yesterday, as I was going out to the car to drive to the pool, he said, "Bravelute, WHY are you driving to the pool?"

I stopped in the doorway and sent my telepathic reply, "I WAS driving because it was so cold and windy, and I wanted to get out of the wind as quickly as possible after being in the pool and then the sauna."

"Yes, I understand. I like to be in warm milk myself, but it's 80 degrees and sunny right now. Why are you driving today?"

"I guess because it's a habit and because I'm not sure how I'll feel afterwards--if I'll be able to walk back home again."

"Bravelute, have you ever had any trouble walking out to the car after your pool workout?"

"Well, no, I haven't. And I guess I could sit at a table for a while if I did. I could take a piece of fruit with me, and eat that if I feel I need to."

So, the little guy on my shoulder is making me worry about myself. He is taking over a little of the responsibility for driving on this journey, especially when I seem to be dropping the ball.

Tonight as I fixed my snack after coming home from the pool, he started in again. "Bravelute, why are you putting the artificial sweetener in your yogurt?"

"Because I'm 100 calories over my minimum range, and I didn't want to use honey."

"But don't you still have about 250 calories left? I didn't know honey had so many calories. Bravelute, worry about yourself. You Drive!!

So I thought about it, and added frozen banana to my yogurt snack instead. I'm driving, and being reminded I must be mindful about the things I do without thinking, just because i always do it that way.

I think I'll be much more prepared for maintenance if I start questioning my motives. If I have some good reasons for my choices, then great. If not, then I need to develop a better action plan.

And just in case anyone is worrying about my state of mind, I don't think I have a piece of talking shredded wheat riding on my shoulder. Really.

Do you? If you did, what would that little guy make you pause and notice about what you are doing with your choices?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LESLIELENORE 4/28/2013 6:41PM

    Mine would tell me to take a day off every now and then.

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NELLIEH1 4/28/2013 5:11PM

    Just right! Thanks for sharing these! (we don't have TV, so miss the commercials) And you are so correct about maintenance. Now is the habit formation time. emoticon emoticon You are doing it!!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 4/28/2013 4:17PM


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CHRISTINASP 4/28/2013 8:21AM

    I don't know what it'd say if I had one - I've been trying to banish wheat from my life! lol
But it would probably tell me to rest and relax (more).

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DWSCHUYLER 4/28/2013 7:46AM

    "...good reasons for my choices..." That's needs to become a mantra. I have staff development tomorrow and they are feeding us box lunches with little subs, potato chips, and usually a piece of fruit. Not so interesting, you might think, but friends of mine own a restaurant and are catering this, so I know the roll will be homemade. I have gone back and forth last week trying to decide whether to bring my own lunch or eat the box lunch like everyone else. It will now be my own lunch. Decided, thanks to you! A good reason for my choice. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/28/2013 2:04AM

    What's the difference between the shredded wheat, Jiminy Cricket or good, old-fashioned conscience?

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LINDAF49 4/28/2013 12:48AM

    I can really relate to your little shedded wheat sized man...
I have a teddy bear that was my masscot on my last challenge and he is NOT little! I also have a little Yorkie figurine that supervises my elliptical time and goes in my pockets when I walk outside and counts my laps in the "in house timered walks" So visuals, or little people that talk to me or I talk to are just fine in my world.

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NELLIEC 4/28/2013 12:44AM

    While I do eat those mini-wheats, I think the voice that keeps me doing things better for my health may be God's voice, since He does have more things for me to do so I better be as healthy as I can be. But that little guy does look cute!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/28/2013 12:17AM

    I shredded wheat. Now I'm always going to think of you when I eat it.

You are practicing mindfulness and that's a very good thing!

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ANGEL1066 4/27/2013 10:52PM

    I may try to borrow him occasionally.

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