A long time ago PBS ran a series of short commercials, "It's All How You Look At It" like this one here. In the beginning we see a boy on the floor with a couple of wooden spoons banging on some pots. In the child's mind he playing drums like a pro. I got to thinking how true this really is. Everything is "how you look at it."
When the weight started falling off me, a good friend mentioned she was thinking of starting the same program that I am on. Having been on it before and not having good results, she wasn't sure if it would work for her on round 2. She said to my wife "I think I'll try it for a month." My wife replied, "You shouldn't just 'try it for a month,' you should commit to it.
When I first got on the weight loss program, I was committed. I was anal retentive about it. I planned out my food for the week. I logged everything I ate. I studied the plan. I thought about the plan. I talked about the plan. I ate, slept and drank the plan. I worked the plan. Because of this, the weight came off and it came off fast. I was able to now fit into clothes I hadn't worn for a while because everything was tight. It was like gaining a new wardrobe for free.
Then I had to go on vacation and couldn't be so religious about it. But I did what I could and actually lost 2.5 pounds during my two week vacation. So what's the problem? I started looking at it like it was a hassle. I started wanting to go back to my old habits or should I say they were pulling me back? My son's Oreo cookies would call to me and so would the provolone cheese and even, dare I say it: the french fries!
Like old friends, they missed me and I paid them a visit. (you know, just to check in) I felt guilty and when it came time to weigh in, I was for the first time not looking forward to the number on the scale. I gained .4 lbs.
I was so bummed out. My wife hammered me. My weight loss coach raised an eyebrow. I was feeling all this pressure. I was feeling funky. I knew I had to go back to basics and I did, for the most part. But old habits are hard to break some time as anyone who has tried losing weight and eaten "forbidden fruit" can attest to.
Of course, it's not realistic to think you are going to lose weight every week while on a diet. That doesn't mean I still didn't want it! I have to say, this is the first weight loss program I have ever been on that worked for me and worked for me well. (If I can just get myself out of the way of it)
My old friends were calling me back because "That's how I looked at them." They are not friends, they are thine enemy. They do not serve me. They tempt you with their seduction like a cheap thrill and promises of something good, but after the moment you realize you've been had.
I heard a hypnotist on cassette tape say, (referring to the bad foods), 'They are attractive thieves."
If you look at "bad food" as friends, you will go off track. If you look at your weight loss program as a PITA, it will become one and you will get off track. If you don't plan, you increase the chances of failure.
If on the other hand, you look at "bad food" as what they really are, "attractive thieves," you will be less likely to indulge. If you look at your weight loss plan, not as a PITA, but as a guide to help you get where you want to go, it will be easier and positive results will come. If you follow the plan, you will have success.
Here's to lookng at less of you. Cheers.