The other day I was kneeling down to get into a bottom cupboard in my kitchen.
I caught myself thinking to myself that I wished that I could wish the pot belly away because it was making it uncomfortable to move and made my pants uncomfortable.
It occurred to me that a few months ago I didn't have a pot belly and would have been subliminally thinking to myself what a great accomplishment it was to have gotten myself back in shape, how strong I was now and how easy it was to move and the kicker, how great it was to be in control.
I compared the two thought patterns and began to think how different they where and how they ultimately were affecting my outlook on life.
Of course, that would be affecting my attitude and what I was doing, how I was interacting with other people, and my energy level in general.
Which one do I choose?
The second one by far.
What does it take to get there?
Not that much.
Just some new habits and exercising my self control, awareness and self discipline muscles. It's the same as exercising any other muscle, with a bit of use they get stronger and it all gets easier, even fun.
Be aware of your self talk.
What is the general tone?
If it's not what you would like it to be, examine what it would take to change it, and what that change would do to your life. Not just on the outside, but to your inner world.
Would it make you happier to be more positive and to feel strong and good about your abilities and accomplishments. Your commitment to your self?
If so, take the next step.
Note: If you need some help in creating a positive mind set, I recommend a really cool little book that called Getting Better Every Day by Emil Coue', written in the 1920's by a French doctor. It is a real little gem and very interesting to read, not at all what I was expecting.
The very title encompasses what I find motivates me when I find myself making even a small bit of progress – pointing in the right direction – getting better, in what ever way, every day.
UPDATE: It is February 14.08 as I write this. It has taken me almost a full year to really get back on track. And the real wind beneath my wings has been Holly Rigsby's Fit Yummy Mummy program.
I am well into my second week now and even though I am no stranger to health and fitness, I am amazed at how easy it is, and at how many new things I am learning.
I have found that a support system can make all the difference in motivation and in staying on track in doing the right things.
Holly has a 3 month Transformation Challenge going, you can join anytime before the end of February 08.
If you are on the fence, and letting your inaction get you down, you really should give it a try.
Over the past year, my self talk has not been very good. I've been reminded that I was falling short of my own resolve every time I got up in the morning… every time my clothes seemed uncomfortable or every time I sat down and could feel "that lump" which was my bloated out stomach.
But I can tell you, my self talk lately has been positively electrifying! I am so happy and pleased to be doing the right thing for myself again.
Looking after myself has become part of my day again and one of the biggest improvements has been my self talk, I've already started taking weight off and toning my muscles, but I've also taken a huge load from my shoulders… the one between my ears that was telling me that I wasn't quite up to snuff.
There is no feeling like the one you have when you know you are pointed in the right direction. And that is translating to a little bounce in my step an I'm sure being much more pleasant to be around. And renewed confidence and energy for other things in my life.
SOCIETY AS A "DARWINIAN" TOOL FOR SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
In some ways it is a sad reflection of society that our looks are what people judge us by. But I also wonder if there isn't more to it than that.
Maybe it's some evolutionary built in tool for survival of the species because in general, unless we are going about it in totally the wrong way, no matter how we were packaged at birth, the better we look, the better health we are in.
Certainly, the better our health, the better we look.
And the better we look, the more positive our self talk.
And the more positive our self talk… the better our quality of life.
And that translates to a better quality of life for those around us.
And survival of the species.
If you think about it, if looking better both to ourselves and to others was not a by product of fitness, weight loss and good health, would we put such an effort into it?
Maybe vanity is not so shallow as we thought!
Hmmm…. Something to think about.
You can see my results over the next 12 weeks of the challenge and so on as I am tracking them here…