The Adventures of Fatty-Brain

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

While it may sound a bit schizophrenic, I’ve decided that compartmentalizing and personifying my highly ingrained unhealthy habits makes it much easier to say no. So, I now have a fatty-brain and a healthy-brain. Fatty-brain is impulsive, short-sighted, and completely self-centered. Fatty-brain has been in charge for a long time. I envision it as a school bully and healthy-brain is just growing up now so it can fight back and take over. After all, fatty-brain is pretty chunky and lazy, and healthy brain is getting stronger with every good choice about nutrition and exercise.
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My body craves healthy, fresh meat and veggies for optimal performance. Sadly, starting on the 4th of July fatty-brain decided to override that with a 5 day wheat and sugar binge, and it did not end well for my body.

Fatty-brain is in big trouble with healthy-brain right now. Fatty-brain is in a time out. Fatty-brain has been demoted and is no longer in charge of event planning. Fatty-brain must speak quietly and politely from now on and only when addressed. Healthy-brain is taking some management classes and maybe a little kickboxing.

Fatty-brain will always be with me, and in the past I’ve felt like a prisoner to its every whim. Healthy-brain was there but small and nervous and easily intimidated into being quiet, but that’s changing. Fatty -brain will undoubtedly throw a tantrum sometimes, and it may even win an argument occasionally, but that’s all it gets. One argument. Fatty-brain is nothing more than a backseat driver these days unless I let it get behind the wheel.

So it might sound a little crazy (please don’t alert the authorities, I’m totally harmless), but this thinking is giving me power over something I’ve never been able to control. I have never been good at controlling myself, but I am really good at bossing other people around (just ask my husband). Personifying my habits has given me that distance I need to be in control. Plus it feels really good to have a little chat in my head and tell fatty-brain to piss off. It’s made a huge mess of things and it’s time for the grownups to be in charge.
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    Love your idea! I'm glad that Healthy-brain in in control and getting stronger daily. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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