Did you ever have one of those weeks that turned into one of those months? And it was probably right when you had the plan all laid out because you were sick and tired of being sick and tired. Exercise, cutting out the half bottle of wine every night, emptied all the candy out of your office and a refrigerator full of food that was good for you. And then what happened? it started out as a bad day at work, that traveled into the evening trip home only to find out that the garbage disposal was clogged, the dishwasher was never filled and your family was coming to visit this weekend not next. So, now you are sleeping until the very last minute because you are so tired, it take that extra cup of coffee in the afternoon just to keep you going, you are doing the happy dance it is the holiday time because bite size bags of candy are everywhere (they are so convenient to grab on the way to your next meeting!), and you are stressed because the holiday party is in three weeks and your fat clothes are getting tight.
How do you break this cycle that happens EVERY year? You mean to tell me this can be stopped? This isn’t the way life is lived? I have this game I play called “What if?” It started a long time ago and I didn’t realize I was doing it until I fell off the wagon and picked up the book The Power of Positive thinking Trilogy by Norman Vincent Peale. Basically, this man has compiled life stories of people who have refused to focus on the negative, don’t make excuses for things in their live and make themselves accountable for their thoughts. His clients have even gone about this in a scientific fashion to see if thinking positively makes a difference. and after a 3 or 6 month study, even the most negative of thinker had 87% positive results when focusing on the positive.
Which brings me to the “What if?” game. Here is how it is played. Remember as a child you would sit there and think and ask your parents, teacher, grown u, friend “What if” questions? And we would drive them crazy! We wanted answers and were looking at every possible scenario possible. (at least I did). So what if, every time you ran into a problem, instead of FREAKING OUT and going for the next candy bar or martini, you sat back for a few minutes and considered everything else going on? For example – Your are running late for your meeting across town because your client had to tell you about her grandchild’s latest accomplishment. What if that meant you missed the car wreck that very well could have been your own had you not listened to that story? Or maybe that annoying person in line behind you talking at full blast on their phone? What if it is the last time they are going to be talking to half deaf grandpa on the phone?
We simply don;t know what is going to happen next, so why not enjoy what is in front of us? Is it worth permitting yourself to gain 5-8 pounds during the holiday season when your blood pressure is all ready high? Or would it be better to give yourself permission to let yourself sleep in on the weekend because you have been working out 5 days a week? Is it worth having that extra flavored coffee drink with the extra sugar, cream, and calories when you all ready know how drained you are going to feel in two hours? Or would it be better to go 2 doors down to the Juice Bar and get a carrot juice with a shot of wheat grass (maybe not your flavor of the week, but the immune bonuses are incredible along with the energy rush that doesn’t quit)?
Do you get what I’m saying? “What if” you act on your inner voice saying it’s not all that bad? “What if” you fa;; off the wagon and get back on the next day? “What if”you restructure YOUR game plan to a DOABLE lifestyle enhancement for you vs what the magazine/tv show/pintrest plan says? “What if” you start playing the “What if” game and things go wrong every so often? I can pretty much guarantee you it won’t happen a much as it has been. And that you won’t have the weight gain, health issues, wrinkle lines, and sleep issues that you would have if you don’t try it for 3 months
What is it going to hurt you to play the “What if” game? Scientifically proven to improve your life.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a certified clinical nutritionist who loves to coach those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired about their different eating options.
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