Aha! Moment Monday
I think I got it backwards.
I believe the saying is, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” but according to my scale, I somehow managed to interpret it to be, “The waist is a terrible thing to mind”. My blurry eyes and stiff muscles – telltale signs of zoom fatigue – my closet locking me out and my son, the nutrition coach, having the “carb talk” with me made me wake up and take note of my COVID-20 (the 20 pounds I thought I released forever that found their way back in the spring.)
I excused my quarantine habits with the label, “stress eater” – owning it like a badge of honor while on the grind – and was too exhausted any given day to consider exercise.
What was I thinking?
Aha! ~ “The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don’t have any.” ` Alice Walker
I had a brief thinking gap.
Two things about the “stress eater” label that are incongruent with what we know to be true.
- Stress is not external.Stress is not what is happening to you it is what you impose upon yourself in reaction to what is happening.
- Words are powerful. I allowed my ego to creep in with the “stress eater” label and justify its toxic messaging using food to comfort me.
Ironically, I was in control the entire time.
Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” I thought I was stressed and exhausted – in fact, I used words like “grind” and “frustrated” initially to describe how I perceived my state – so I became that, thankfully only for a brief period when I lost myself.
I’m not worried about my COVID-20 because I have a plan – a healthy mindset, sunny trails minutes away, phenomenal mentors, and a kick-butt nutrition program (all of which I’m happy to share) – and the understanding that life is what you make it.
What’s on your menu this summer?
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