Friday, May 20, 2011

Faith and belief


Faith and belief.  No, this is not a religious post.  But faith is HUGE HUGE HUGE in this weight loss journey.  We have to BELIEVE and have FAITH that we can and WILL do this. If our minds do not believe, if our expectations are so low that it's not a big thing TO fail.

A few years ago a school did an experiment. This is when the schools were still categorizing kids by their ability.  One teacher had the low kids and one teacher had the high level kids.  Predictably the high level kids scored so much better on the tests.  The low kids struggled.  So they did an experiment.  One year they told the teacher of the higher level kids that this year she was going to be teaching the lower level and vice versus for the other teacher.  In reality though the the 'low level' class was the brightest and smartest children.  The teacher that thought she was teaching the brightest students was in fact teaching the lowest level.    The test results at the end of the year surprised EVERYONE.

The teacher that was teaching the lowest level of students but THOUGHT she was teaching the smart kids had a class that outperformed the other class  . 

So what do you get out of this story.  The teachers TAUGHT to their beliefs.  The one teacher thought that she had the 'dumb' kids so she didn't put her all into it because her expectations and and beliefs and faith in the students abilities were either so low or non existent that she felt it was not worth the effort...I mean, why bother, it's a lost cause..  The teacher that thought she had the brilliant kids her faith and belief in their ability was so high that she threw herself into her teaching, knowing that she couldn't fail.

Isn't weight loss like that?  If we expect to fail are we really going to throw our all into it?  Are we really going to TRY?   However if we have faith in ourselves, if we  dare to believe.......well then the sky is the limit for our success!

Day 4 passed by with great success!  :-) I didn't exercise yesterday....but I DID eat right. :-)

On to day 5!   Started out rather odd...I forgot half the ingredients in my smoothie (agave nectar is really important  LOL)  It doesn't taste good and I'm not eating it.  Why eat something that doesn't taste good.  I will eat my lunch earlier because of that...but that's not a problem. :-)   And YES, I packed my lunch, even though my co-workers will be ordering lunch in!   I'm holding strong!


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

So your story about the teachers bids the question: What would we do if we knew we wouldn't fail?

And doesn't that open our minds to endless possibilities? It really is all about what we believe! I love this post!

And KUDOS to you for staying strong with your lunch choices. You are amazing!!


Karen@WaistingTime said...

Great post! It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy:)

Hallie said...

Great story. Is it true? I'd like to find more about it.

bbubblyb said...

I really do believe we can do anything. It really is about having faith and believing in ourselves. Way to go on day 5! Hope you have a great weekend.

Shabby Chic Mom said...

Believing in yourself is half the battle.
knowing we deserve it helps too!
Good luck on day 5