I'm Not Restarting

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I was almost all set to do one of those "I'm restarting" blogs. Getting back into the swing of it. Getting the motivation up again. Getting back to healthy eating.

But I don't want to.

English is a funny language.

Whether you 'start' something, or 'stop' something, that something is the deviant behaviour. The 'norm' is the other thing. So if you "stop" then you cease a deviant behaviour and return to normal. If you "start" then you go from normal behaviours and add a new deviant behaviour.

Please note that "deviant" means "deviating from the normal". It is not negative! :)

So if I "start" being healthy again, it's admitting that the awful behaviour I've had recently is the norm. That's the usual, everyday way of behaving. The "started" behaviour is always deviant. So being healthy is deviant, and being unhealthy is the norm. I don't like that association.

So I'm not "starting". I'm "stopping" the bad behaviour. This means I'm returning to a state of normal, from deviant behaviou. My bad eating and lack of exercise has been deviant - has been not normal. I am returning to a normal state of being healthy, of eating well and getting exercise. I much prefer this way of thinking.

Of course, neither really matters. Provided you are moving to a healthy lifestyle pattern it doesn't really matter if you are "starting" a healthy lifestyle or "stopping" an unhealthy one. But in the head - oh there's a world of difference in the head!

It's funny what the psychology of words can do to us. If we believed that we were "starting again" each time we find ourselves off the wagon, we're constantly telling ourselves that bad behaviour is normal for us. That it is unusual to be healthy. That it is something we must struggle to keep foremost in our lives.

But tell ourselves that we are simply stopping an unhealthy pattern of behaviour, and we lead ourselves to believe that the healthy way is normal. That it's not difficult, it isn't something we strive to accomplish all the time. It's how we live, and we're simply returning to that now.

... I do go on, don't I? :)
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    You had me kinda confused for a minute, lol, but I get it now. lol.
    3742 days ago
  • AMBER832001
    I've never really thought about it like that, but it's very true! Congratulations on "returning to your normal state."
    3742 days ago
    Wow. I never thought of it like that. So I don't have to "start dieting" when I'm done with this being pregnant thing. I just have to stop the unhealthy behaviors. Good fodder.
    3742 days ago
    Leave it to you to make me stop and think....right before I go to bed....I understand exactly what you're saying....which really boggles my mind...I've been up for 20 hrs.....and I think my mind's working....wow either that, or we're from the same mold...at any rate...

    Get going...and I'll try to keep up with you...but right now I need a little shut-eye....

    3742 days ago
    As long as you know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and how to go about doing it......that's all that matters! You go, girl!
    3742 days ago
    *scratches head* This was the mst mind boggling post! LOL! But the jest of it is, you are gathering yourself together and getting back to your healthy lifestyle, and that's wonderful! *heads to kitchen to make the coffee I obviously need*
    3742 days ago
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