a new way of thinking.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on November 27, 2011

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I’m slowly easing back into reality; I’m on the last day of a five day “weekend” and having a day that’s a mix of getting things done, but still enjoying the break.  I actually did a lot of thinking over the past few days, but more on that in a bit.

Thanksgiving was absolutely lovely!  I headed to my mom’s Wednesday afternoon and got back to Grand Rapids Saturday evening.  I had two Thanksgiving dinners, avoided Black Friday shopping like the plague, read a lot, slept in, watched a couple movies, and just all around relaxed.  Lovely.

This morning, I slept in one last time and had a quiet morning around the house.  I watched a couple episodes of Parenthood (I’m so far behind!!) and made myself a nice breakfast:  French toast with a thin layer of Nutella on each slice, paired with pumpkin spice coffee.

So, about that thinking I’ve been doing.  Over the weekend, I had a realization that I think was a long time coming.  One that I desperately needed to have, for my health, my happiness, my sanity.  For so long, I’ve operated on a paradigm of doing what needs to be done for weight loss.  Nothing more, nothing less.  If it can help my get close to my goal on the scale, then I’ll do it (or not do it, as the case may be).

I can’t live like that anymore.  From here on out, I’m operating a brand new way of thinking.

I’m not going to exercise anymore because it burns calories.  I’m going to exercise because it makes me feel good and because it’s good for my health.  Exercise will help me live a long, healthy life.  Exercise is going to be something I get to do, not something I have to do.  I’m going to run because it challenges me, I’m going to practice yoga because it relaxes me, I’m going to Zumba because it’s fun and I can be silly and pretend like I’m actually a good dancer.

I’m not going to strength train anymore because muscle burns more calories than fat.  I’m going to strength train because it makes me feel strong.  I’m going to strength train because having tone and definition make me feel good about myself and my appearance.  I’m going to strength train because strong muscles will help increase my bone density, improve my endurance, and help me run better.

I’m not going to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (aka foods that are good for me) anymore because they’re low in calorie.  I’m going to eat foods that are good for me because they make me feel better and give me more energy.  I’m going to eat foods that are good for me because the provide nutrients that my body needs every day.  I’m going eat foods that are good for me because they help me stay healthy.

I’m not going to cut back on processed and junk food because they’re high in calorie or “bad” foods.  I’m going to limit processed foods because I don’t like they way they make me feel.  I’m going to limit processed foods because they don’t give me energy.  I’m going to limit processed foods because it’s junk and chemicals I don’t need in my body.

I’m not going to eliminate “bad” foods because I think they’re off-limits.  I’m going to allow myself cake or ice cream or other indulgences, but they’re going to be treats and something special, not something to feel guilty about eating.  I’m going to allow myself things I love, but when it’s a special occasion and when it’s something I really love not something that I think “I could take it or leave it”.

I’m not going to diet anymore because I think it will help me reach a certain number on the scale or fit into a certain size pair of jeans.  I’m at a point where, yes, I’d like to see the number on the scale drop.  I’d love to see that actually.  But, I’m no longer going to let that define my choices.  I’m going to live my life, making food and exercise decisions based on what makes me feel healthy and happy.  Dieting doesn’t make me feel that way.  It drives me nuts, makes me feel restricted, and gives me a horrible relationship with food, exercise, and my body.

And, if I happen to lose some weight along the way, well then, it’s just an added perk of the whole deal. 😉

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Stephanie B. November 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

So empowering! Most inspiring post I’ve read from your blog!

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Brigid November 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Awesome attitude! Very smart, especially during the holiday season. I have to remind myself that I DO feel much better eating fruits and veggies rather than all the treats of the season. Like you said, feeling healthy and strong is the goal. Good luck!
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kayla November 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

this is such a refreshing perspective among women I know and among bloggers. I think we all could afford to think more like this. I know I could. 🙂

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heather November 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

EXCELLENT! i love how you re-stated everything. i know these things, but i needed to read this to keep keeping on. i’ve been doing weight watchers for several months and have been struggling for a couple of months . . . in part b/c ‘dieting’ feels like punishment.

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Amber K November 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I love the way you reworded everything. What a great healthy outlook!
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