Thursday, May 23, 2013
"I succeed because I keep failing". I understand this quote now. Before, when I would fail, I would use it as an excuse to throw in the towel. Why try? Insane thinking.
I would go back to eating whatever and whenever I felt. After gaining 3 to 4 pounds, I would panic and set high expectations on myself that I could not keep for long -- setting myself up for failure.
I guess you could call this cycle the "yo-yo diet", "depression diet", "unhealthy diet", etc.
I am a pretty smart person but intelligence has nothing to do with figuring it out. It is more like ignoring common sense. When one is conditioned in certain beliefs, one doesn't just wake up one morning and say "I no longer belief my beliefs". Limiting beliefs make it impossible to succeed. If one believes that when you fail then you quit, one will never succeed. Is that true? I think so.
In school I would work on math problems, make errors, learn from them, and continued until I mastered the concept. I enjoyed the process. I felt great satisfaction and pride on my accomplishment.
Yet, when it came to losing weight, for the last 20 years I have been in an insane mindset. I set these unrealistic goals that I was to master overnight thereby setting myself up for failure.
For the nth time I am planning on losing 20 lbs. This time I am going to treat it as I would a math problem.
Geometry is about solving problems by using if-then statements.
In some of my math classes, I remember along the way when proving something, I would forget what I was trying to prove.
Step 1: Remember what I am trying to achieve -- To be healthy and wear size 10 clothing comfortably.
Step 2: Gather up useful truths (theorems) that can be used for this problem.
I think we can all agree that if we eat less and move more we will be healthier and trimmer.
Losing weight is a million dollar industry -- all sorts of gadgets and things advertisers want us to buy. Which is the best? I think a better question to ask is are any of them necessary? I do not want to put the money or time looking for the best one so I will stick to using my time on learning to eat less and move more (common sense). I know how to do that. Why don't I do that continually. My problem is staying focused. My mind eventually wanders off to wanting to eat for emotional reasons.
Under Step 2:
Learn to eat only when hungry. Funny, my grandchildren have no problem doing this. They are 1, 2 and 4 years old and none of them will eat if they are not hungry.