How's it Going? 3PGC and Weight
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Linked above is an earlier blog about the application of the Three Principles to weight issues. (And yes, that blog in turn linked to three videos on the topic from the 3PGC community -- Three Principles Global Community: the "three principles" being mind, consciousness and thought, and the "key concept" being that we can return to our innate condition of mental health, confidence and peace at any time so long as we recognize that our anxiety-inducing 60,000 to 100,000 daily thoughts are "just thoughts" and not necessarily reality).
So: 3PGC has some affinities with cognitive behaviour therapy and Dr. Judith S. Beck's teachings about "learning to think like a thin person". But my inner rebel has never been entirely happy with the hard work required to summon up the 7 Questions and to address subversive thoughts with intellectual rigour etc. etc. etc. each and every time I'm tempted to deviate from my "diet". I have always wished for something that requires less will power (we KNOW will power is a quickly-exhausted resource): less effort, less internal wrestling . . . not just because I'm probably a bit lazy but because it all seems so inelegant and focused on "fixing" me and unnatural and ultimately non-sustainable.
And: 3PGC promises an effortless sense that the body you wish for already IS. Oh my: an entirely seductive concept!
But: not necessarily or entirely "intuitive" or random: just very substantially less self-critical. If you watched the third video linked in the previous blog, where Dr. Linda Pettit speaks about her weight-loss journey: she did track. She did pay attention to nutrition and to exercise. But: more from the perspective of curiosity about what her body wanted. What felt good to her body. And with acceptance that what her body wanted changed over the course of her weight loss journey as her metabolism changed.
That anxious self-vigilance and self-criticism stopped. That "I'm not good enough, I'll never be good enough . . . ". Yeah.
So: as I've been experimenting (curiously!!) with the 3PGC approach, I've also continued to track my nutrition. And of course I've continued to be active.
But: my attitude is transforming itself. I am feeling less anxious. Less rebellious. And: I am most definitely feeling less exasperation about the "band-width" required and more contentment with the body I have.