“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.” Wayne Dyer
Like many, my weight has varied greatly during my life. Currently it is at a low point, for which I am grateful. Now, putting on weight isn’t a mystery, and neither is losing it. It is really just simple math, burn more calories than you take in, and you lose weight. Simple, right? So, why is it, at least in my life, I have had to keep losing the same pounds repeatedly? Habit. Now, I have never been big on candy or sugary carbonated drinks, but baked goods; cookies, cakes, pies, doughnuts……oh, doughnuts are my kryptonite. And maybe a little ice cream, not the store brand stuff in the half gallon tubs, but those perfectly sized premium pints that say there are only 140 calories per serving, which is pretty good, until you check the servings per container, which is usually like a hundred or so. OK, I exaggerate, it’s more like 50.
Anyway, in the past after losing weight I would “reward” myself with baked goods, OK, doughnuts, and probably some Hagen-Dazs. Kinda like celebrating quitting smoking with a smoke. The curious thing is after all this time, the voice suggesting those “negative” rewards is still there even though my body carries the remnants of all those times my weight ballooned, the evidence undeniable, as is the truth: dieting doesn’t work long term, only changing the way we look at our diet does. “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”
So, just for today, I have changed the way I look at my diet and have come to accept the simple math of it all, that those calories will either be burned or “stored”, in my case around my middle. As a result, I like the way I feel and look today (OK, maybe not the saggy skin) but most importantly, I now understand the counterproductive (OK, crazy) habit of negative rewards that take us back to where we just came from and worked so hard to leave. So, I will leave the French crullers to those who can control and enjoy their doughnuts and praise the god of desserts for Skinny Cow ice cream products. Now, if they would only go into the doughnut business…….
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