I was a bit cynical in my review of The Secret, but I have to admit something…
It really changed my thinking.
After reading the review you probably didn’t get that feeling, but it did. I’ve felt a major shift in my mindset in the past few days. It’s something huge and something that I know will bring about some good weight loss success. Want to know what that shift was?
I started thinking of my future healthy self.
Sounds pretty simple, right?
But for me it wasn’t. For the longest time I’ve been trying to lose weight but I haven’t been able to get past 200 lbs. For the longest time I’ve thought things like “I can’t even imagine what I would look like under that weight.” “I can’t set a goal weight because I don’t know what I’ll look like in the future.” My inability to see, to comprehend myself as a smaller person, has been one of my biggest mental stumbling blocks. It’s been a lot easier to stay the weight that I am or above it because I know what that’s like. I know what I look like and feel like and what size clothes I need to buy. Anything under than 200 is foreign, and slightly scary, territory. When I’ve tried to picture it I’ve gotten scared or confused and often self-sabotaged myself so that I wouldn’t succeed.
Although I don’t *totally* buy into the philosophy in the secret, I figure there might be something there about attracting what I think about, since that has happened to me to a certain extent in my life already. I also think that there might be something to the idea of how doubt can attract the bad easily. It’s quite possible that my inability to see, or even try to see me as a smaller person has kept me right where I am. And since that’s a possibility, I might want to change that.
So I have. I changed how I’m thinking.
I am now thinking I am thin and healthy and strong. Already. I don’t wake up and say, “Oh crap, I’m fat again today.” (Not that I did that consciously before.) I have decided to take a much more proactive approach to thinking positively and forward. I am now consciously thinking “I am thin and healthy. My body is strong. It’s ready for this day and lots of activity.” I am thinking the thoughts about my body now that I want to think about it when I’m at my goal weight. It’s only been a few days but I much prefer this to the old way of thinking about my body in terms of it’s past reality.
I suppose it might seem a bit delusional to some people (and slightly to myself) to think about myself in a way that isn’t accurate at the time I’m thinking it. I’m thinking about my body in future terms that don’t exist yet. But I have the feeling if I think these things constantly I will be better able to bring them into reality than if I continue my life thinking “Oh, I want to get to a healthy weight but I don’t even know what that looks like for me or if it’s possible.” I know that if I think the thoughts “I am thin and healthy” long enough I will eventually make them a reality. (Note: when I use the word thin I use it in the context I think…not what most people use it as. Thin for me isn’t really thin for most people. Just a note.)
I feel like this shift in thinking is something that needed to happen for me to continue and to reach my goals. It’s something that I’ve been resisting for a long time because real change like this is kind of scary. For me almost this whole process is mental and a big change like this is something that is another step in the process. I’m not there yet but I’m starting to at least imagine my future self. I’m imagining and living my life now the way I want to when I’m smaller… and I think in return my body will follow my mind’s lead. And that’s a big step and a huge shift in thinking for me. Here’s to all the hard work and changes to come after this shift in thinking.