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The Inner Toddler

Friday, August 03, 2012

Everyone has undoubtedly heard of one's "inner child". Well, spending time with my three year old nephew this week, I have come to the conclusion that what is holding me back in my weight loss, is my inner toddler.

Examples in question:

* "Exercise? I don't wanna. I don't wanna. I don't waaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnaaaaaaa!"

* "Want cookies. Want cookies. Cookies. Now, now, now, now, now!!!"

*sigh*

It seems that the older, wiser, tired-of-being-overweight (obese!) me needs to get firm with the inner toddler, and devise ways in which to trick her so as to meet my goals.

Inner Toddler: "Exercise? I don't wanna. I don't wanna. I don't waaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnaaaaaaa!"

Older, Wiser, Me: "How about a nice easy bike ride down that new bike path? It's not EXERCISE. Just an easy ride in the sunshine. It'll be nice...."

Inner Toddler: "Want cookies. Want cookies. Cookies. Now, now, now, now, now!!!"

Older, Wiser Me: "Ooh, look what I've got! A juicy, fresh nectarine. You like those. Remember how sweet they taste when they're ripe? Here. I'll cut it up all nice and everything. You'll like that, won't you?"

Any other ideas for me? Please share...

cj

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  • SUETINGE
    Oh, that inner toddler. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with mine. It's not all bad, if it helps you find fun, playful ways to move your body. You notice I didn't say exercise, because finding something you enjoy doesn't feel like exercise.

    I'm afraid I'm not much help on the food front, I give in to my toddler way too easily.
    2985 days ago
  • CATIATM
    Wa ha ha ha ha! Maybe you should embrace your inner toddler and remember how much more fun life was before you were so self-concious and cared so much what other people thought. Remember how much fun it is to run around and play, and what it was like to put your needs first. I say - don't suppress your inner toddler -- learn from her!!!
    3027 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12251110
    Unfortunately, if chocolate is around...the toddler comes out whether I like it or not
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    3031 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3528530
    LOL Boy, can I ever empathize with THIS one......but maybe part of the key is to play enough to burn off those cookies? LMAO I once read an article in Reader's Digest YEARS ago. Can't remember who did it, but someone got the brainiac idea of having professional, in-their-prime athletes hang out with three year olds for ONE day...with the stipulation being that they had to do everything those 3 year olds did. None of the athletes made it the entire day......wore their butts out trying to follow those kids around and do every single thing the kids did, activity-wise. I think about that every time I'm sitting on my arse on this computer. LOL
    3032 days ago
  • LJCANNON
    emoticon I think most of us have an Inner Spoiled Rotten Little 2 Year Old!! The Good News is that she CAN be Trained. It takes a Firm, Loving, CONSISTENT hand - Just like you used with your Children and Grandchildren. Acknowledge her, and her Wants, but Teach her that this Healthy Lifestyle and Healthy Food Choices are better for HER, too.
    3036 days ago
  • MARVEEME
    Blow up a balloon and toss it in the air, and keep it in the air off the ground for as long as you can. It's NOT exercise, and I double dog dare you not to giggle!

    Great post!


    3037 days ago
  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    OH CEEJ!!! lmao..you made me laugh. sorry. i'm no help. my inner child is hanging out too..except on the exercise. it says...i wanna swim. NOW NOW NOW!!! Older, wiser me says sorry. you have to work. sorry. you may NOT swim when its thundering. and YES you HAVE to wear a bathing suit during the day even if you CANT be seen from the road. remember the time the UPS guy caught you?
    sigh. i hate being an adult.
    3037 days ago
  • DORIS39

    HA, HA, HA.

    BOY, HAVE YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD FOR SURE.

    I WISH I DIDN'T LOVE BAKING AND COOKING SO MUCH. I CAN SALIVATE JUST READING A RECIPE.

    AND I LOVE FRUIT,AND VEGGIES.

    I USUALLY MEASURE MY FOOD, BUT HAVE BECOME LAX OF LATE.

    BUT MY MAIN PROBLEM IS LACK OF MOVEMENT, I THINK.

    GO WALKIES, DORIS......EXPECTING RAIN LATER, BUT IT IS COOLER AND LOOKS NOT TOO BAD OUT....SO GO DORIS, GO. emoticon
    3037 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I definitely have that same conversation with myself, and unfortunately my inner toddler has been winning a lot more lately. Of course she has been aided by my actual real life 6 year old.

    Andyinbc definitely has a point too. I think the problem is that the toddler is in control of the wrong parts of us. Mine has definitely been in control of the food intake lately. If grown-up me would take over the food choices and let toddler me be in charge of portion control and exercise I think I'd be in a whole lot better shape.


    3037 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    Rewards?

    If you go clean up all those veggies on your plate you can have a story! (have good book on the go)

    If you do your exercise for three days straight you CAN have the cookie!

    No, your choice isn't the cookie, it's the nectarine or the watermelon. (repeat as many time as is necessary)

    Ya know, CJ, I think just visualizing yourself as a recalcitrant todder in THOSE moments will be enough to get you to the better choice. It's funny isn't it, we all like to think we're grown up, but we're not as much as we think. This is exactly how I used to weather my most difficult clients.... by recognising that no matter how old, there is still often a five-year-old requiring parenting inside there. I think perhaps this is partly why SparkPeople works... we parent each other through the difficult moments. Have a great weekend!

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    3038 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2012 1:40:20 AM
  • NANCYPAT1
    I like your idea of dealing with that inner toddler. All too often (just like with REAL toddlers) it is easier to give in to the toddler than to fight it. Learning to find the ways around that are the trick. I think you are on to something here. I will have to think about it. I figure that my problem isn't the toddler inside, but the special needs child - when I got my job I laughed hysterically about how POORLY written the ad was in the paper (actually it MIGHT have been right on target but I would like to think NOT). The ad said they were looking for a person with BD (behavior disorder), LD (learning disorder), MI (mental impairment) and Autism. Those are the special needs kids that I teach - but the ad made it ME who was required to have those conditions. Sometimes I think they got the description RIGHT and that I am as challenged as they are. LOL
    3038 days ago
  • ANDYINBC
    On the other hand, if we acted more like the inner toddler and ran, climbed, never stopped moving and were really fussy about foods we could be successful in our quests to lose weight and get healthy. emoticon
    3038 days ago
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