(Posting this on Monday instead of Tuesday because I'm thinking of changing my post days. Trying out Mondays.)
I've never talked about this here. I am a person who needs to reduce her weight. Not because I have health issues. I'm actually remarkably healthy. Not because I want to look better. Although I'm not so much of a martyr that I can't admit, looking better would be a nice bonus.
I need to reduce my weight for the sake of my knees, ankles, general mobility and agility.
In 2010 I was actively trying to do this and I was miserable. I would eat fairly well, exercise well, hit the scale and the numbers wouldn't budge. For weeks. Then I would give up. Even things I had enjoyed, dancing alone at home as exercise, for example, would be tainted.
Thus my resolution for 2011 was never to step on the scale. Even once. And I didn't. And I know I maintained rather than gaining (maybe even lost a little) for the first time in years because the fit of my clothes didn't change.
And I was much less stressed about the whole damn subject.
Since 2011's resolution worked so well (for me), I decided to continue it and add an equally effective one for 2012. But it wouldn't come. That's not true. It came but I wouldn't hear it.
The universe being a logical, reasonable place, when I hadn't heard it by Feb, despite many helpful signs, I got 3 different hits of a tinnitus burst that only lasted for seconds. I don't suffer from tinnitus so when I do, I know, I'm not hearing something I should be hearing.
On 2/10/12 Julie's card draw was Raven. The first line of Raven's message was this:
"Listen to your intuition to receive a message from the world of spirit."
I commented: "I will be heeding the card alert to pay attention." (A forceful, direct statement of intention, even though I wasn't consciously thinking of it that way.)
I was thinking about this while I was readying myself to sleep. Shattered bits of my resolution that weren't clear enough to really be workable came into my head.
Then I slept.
When I woke up, this, my resolution for 2012, was fully formed:
>Fruit for breakfast first, salad for lunch and supper first. No set times when I eat them. No obligation to eat any meal other than the fruit once and the salad once.
Committing myself to doing it until 1/1/13. If I don't like it - which I know I will by then - I'll stop.<
Next came affirmation from the logical, reasonable universe that I had received the message correctly. Allen Carr's Easyweigh to Lose Weight came in the mail that very afternoon.
AC wrote 3 books on weight loss. No More Diets which I got soon after Julie started talking about how one of his other books helped her quit smoking. It was okay.
Lose Weight Now which I put on my Kindle app and promptly started NOT reading, using the excuse that I don't like to sit at the desktop and read. It's not my favorite thing to do, but I did it all night when I was engrossed in Deborah Blake's book, Witch Ever Way You Can.
I had been hiding from the third one, Allen Carr's Easyweigh to Lose Weight, because I knew from things that Julie said about it, that it was the most effective of the three. I finally ordered it but there was some delay as it was coming from overseas.
Can you perceive the significance of it coming that very day? Even the timing of the thing. I was in the middle of sending Julie an email about the resolution when my mom handed me the package.
And sometime during the day, the pure genius of this resolution came to me. From what little I had read of Lose Weight Now on my Kindle app, I remembered AC saying:
"The same Gauge that tells you when to eat also tells you when to stop The problem is that we’ve been brainwashed to disregard our Gauge."
"Hunger ends when we’ve absorbed sufficient nourishment from the right foods..."
"When you regularly eat foods that do not contain the required nutrients, overeating becomes the norm. You’ve overridden the tools supplied by Nature and no longer know how to listen to what they’re telling you. Your Sensor has stopped leading you to the right foods and you no longer use your Gauge correctly. You’ve lost touch with your body..."
I'm not sure I've picked out the right quotes from that section of the book for you to understand the conclusion I came to but it is this:
After a year of this resolution (well ten & 1/2 months anyway) I will have been getting sufficient nutrients often enough that I will be back in touch with my body's sensors that tell me when to eat, when to stop eating and what to eat.
Genius. The universe is a reasonable, logical place.