I’ve been THINKing Thin for about 50 years!
“I THINK I should be Thinner.”
“I THINK I’ll start my diet tomorrow.”
“I don’t feel like walking today. I THINK I’ll do it tomorrow.”
If THINKing Thin worked, I’d be thin as a rail by now, right?
But maybe – just maybe – what I was doing was more like WISHFUL THINKing than THINKing Thin.
Maybe I need to make some adjustments to my THINKing.
I’ve been pretty successful since I restarted this endeavor last January, having lost almost 50 lbs., so I must be doing something right. THINKing back, I did some soul-searching and THINKing about the reasons I wanted to lose weight and become a healthier version of me. Here are a few of my motivators:
1. I want to be around as long as possible so that I can be sure my son (who has a disability) is well taken care of.
2. I want my sleep apnea to improve.
3. I want to lower my risks for osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
4. I want to be physically strong enough to do fun things again, like dancing, riding my bike, hiking, and practicing yoga.
This was very important because if I didn’t know what I was shooting for, I couldn’t aim accurately and do what was needed to advance. I got off to a good start because, at that point, I was THINKing THIN.
How else can I THINK Thin?
I can THINK Thin by giving more consideration to how I treat my most prized possession – my body. After all, if I didn’t have a body, this all would be a moot point, right? THINKing Thin about my body might go like this:
1. When planning meals or grocery shopping, I can THINK Thin by asking myself, “Does this recipe/item nourish my body?” If the answer is no, I can make a better choice.
2. When I’m about to raid the fridge for a late night snack, I can THINK Thin by asking myself, “Will this do something FOR me or TO me?”
3. “Will skipping my workout today help me fit into my favorite jeans?”
4. “Will eating this _______________ satisfy my craving or make it worse?”
5. “Will not following through with my strength training make me stronger or rev up my metabolism?”
The THINKing Thin possibilities are endless. I can ask myself questions and THINK about tracking food intake/exercise, drinking calories, salt intake, etc. Every time I THINK Thin like this I give myself the opportunity to make positive choices and that, in turn, puts me more in control of my wonderful body and my health.
Another way I can THINK Thin is by “killing the ANTs” (Wish I could take credit for this, but the idea comes from Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s book, “The Amen Solution). ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts. Some of the ANTs that invade my personal picnic include:
1. I just can’t stop at one late night snack.
2. I don’t like salad and I’m always hungry 15 minutes after I eat one.
3. My mother and her sister were both fat, so my being fat is inevitable. It’s in the genes and there’s nothing I can do about it.
4. I can’t lose weight. I have an underactive thyroid.
This is another list that could go on and on. I’m sure you have your own little “ANT infestation”. We all do.
The question is: “Where’s the RAID?!”
First, I need to face and confront the ANTs and show those little so and so’s who’s boss. If I THINK Thin about it, my ANTs are lies. Lies, Lies, LIES! Despicable lies (I can see the movie now)! What would I do about it when someone else lied about me? After I calmed down a bit, I would confront the lie. And with these ANT’s, if I don’t confront them, that means I accept them as truths and I have to live the rest of my life with the “infestation”. I’d be stuck in this situation – out of control – eating that pint of chocolate mocha chunk ice cream right out of the carton in front of the freezer.
Here's how I plan to confront my ANTs I mentioned above:
Finally, I can THINK about the good things in my life and cultivate gratitude.
I am thankful for:
1. my loved ones, especially Nate, Karl, Dottie, and my pets, Beau, Hugs, Desi, Scrabble, Justice, and Topaz.
2. my home.
3. the cool weather.
4. my new bike.
5. my progress so far and the progress I will continue to make.
How about you, my friends?
Go forth and THINK THIN!