Hi there Journal!
This morning, this is what I looked and felt like when I first woke up:
I woke up with another backache... argh. It felt as if I moved, I would break. Years ago I heard the saying: "You can HAVE pain, but you don't have to BE a pain." Easy to say, harder to do sometimes. But it all comes down to CHOICE.
So, I tried to think of things for which to be genuinely thankful... um...um...I finally thought: "After I make MyGuys lunch and dinner to take to work, I can go back to bed!" Pretty shallow, but there it is. I even had to laugh at myself... so many people are going through so much, and I am whining about a backache.
I am happy to say, it's better now. Getting a little more rest helped... coffee helped... my massage wand helped... and just wiggling around helped. Then, I read one of my little flashcards for today, the ones I made from Dr Phil's book The Ultimate Weight Solution. Here is what it said:
"Weight is managed, not cured. You must never relax your watchfulness over your thoughts, feelings, and actions... a keep sense of alertness...self-monitoring... Failure to self-monitor is one of the top reasons why people allow their weigh to creep back on."
I have read Dr Phil's book several times, and it has helped me more than any other weight-related book or program... I highly recommend it. But honestly, the phrase "weight is managed, not cured" just never clicked before... it was vague to me. However, THIS MORNING, the penny finally dropped in the slot... I got it!
It is MANAGED, not CURED... it is all about managing our weight by our CHOICES.
It is caused by BEHAVIOR, by our choices.
It is not something to cure, because it is not a DISEASE. It is not something that I caught by being exposed to a "fat germ".
It's a behavioral thing, not a disease thing.
Sure, there might be a genetic componenent, where we can have a propensity to being overweight... when it runs in the family. BUT, the research shows that the "fat gene" is like a bullet sitting in a gun. It takes something to trigger it, to activate it. And that something is our behavior, our lifestyle, our CHOICES.
So we don't "cure" anything, we MANAGE our weight by making healthy choices. I totally do not agree that we are "destined" to be fat just because it runs in our family. Sure, it might be harder for us than for someone that has the "thin gene". And how we are brought up factors in... and our environment... but the most powerful componement of all this is within our CHOICE.
I have heard all this before... and somedays it bores me to hear it yet again. But other days I NEED to hear it again, to get that kick in the tush. That reminder that I have a choice in the matter. That I have another day in which to contribute TO my good health... another chance to make progress towards my dreams and goals.
From Dr Phil's book: "Weight is managed, not cured."
My verse for today: "So do not fear, for I am with you."
My quote for today: "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."--Zig Ziglar
Enjoy the Journey,