Mind over matter
Friday, February 19, 2010
I’m no longer on a diet.
I don’t want to use the word “diet,” I won’t think of myself as being on a diet and I don’t want anyone to ask how my diet is going.
This is a mindset – not a diet.
As a two-time former smoker — I quit once when I met my now ex-husband, and again three years ago when I broke up with a smoking ex-boyfriend — I can tell you how difficult it is to change a habit if your mind isn’t set. Both times I quit smoking it came only after my mind told me I didn’t want to do this anymore. The first time I was 20 years old and bartending one summer between semesters; the second time I was 39 and was just driving around Cedar Rapids.
Both times I had an epiphany: I don’t want to do this anymore.
This is the same thing. I’ve been fighting my weight for years, since I was in college. Did you catch that? I’ve been fighting my weight – and that’s why I haven’t been winning. This isn’t a fight, it’s not a struggle. It’s a matter of changing my mind, setting my sights on something new.
Does that mean that all I have to do is change my mind, decide I don’t want to be heavy and poof! I’m going to lose weight? Of course not. But one thing I’ve discovered in the last three weeks – since I changed my mind and decided I didn’t want to be heavy any longer – is that when I take the negativity out of the effort, it not only becomes easier, it becomes fun.
I enjoy trying new leaner recipes, working out and finding new ways to get fit. It’s a challenge, but it’s no longer a fight.
So I’m not on a diet. I’m just making myself two sizes smaller so I can look good in any pictures that are taken at my son’s graduation.
Who’s with me?
Oh – and feel free to ask how the challenge is going.