Friday, July 31, 2020

Think Thin

Over the years I have somehow managed to forget about one of the most important aspects of this weight loss journey.  I totally forgot to 'Think Thin".   How in the world did I forget this?   There is no telling why, but I remember now! 

A week or so ago, I was filming a segment for my youtube channel.  I was talking about my choices in this weight loss journey.  More specifically, I was talking about my question "DO you want to eat this food and be fat or do you want to not eat the food and be thin."   I immediately jumped in and said "ok, not thin now...but thin in the future, but thin up here in my head so that it will trickle down to my body.  That was enough for me to remember my old motto!

Yes, I used to have a motto!  That motto was "Think Thin"  and I wrote about it as early as February of 2007.   It was the concept of thinking as a thin person thinks.  You see, thin people do NOT think like a fat person!   This was startingly clear to me when I had a really thin manager who ate cheesecake for lunch quite a bit.  Ohhh yeah, I hated her to for a while because I would LOVE to be able to eat cheesecake for lunch every day!  But one week I realized what was really happening.

This manager arrived to work on Monday and talked about how she had brought some cheesecake for lunch.  I didn't say anything but  inside I was seething and asking myself why could I not have cheesecake and be a size zero?  On day two she left for her lunchbreak and once again talked about her cheesecake that she was eating for lunch.  REALLY????   Again?  Life is not fair!!!!!  Every day that week she talked about eating her cheesecake at lunch!   on the fourth or fifth day she brought her cheesecake down and eat it in the office.  THAT is when I realized that she was thinking thin.

You see, She sat down and opened her container.  Inside was a half eaten piece of cheesecake.  Half eaten??  Who leaves a piece of cheesecake partially eaten?  I watched my manager pick up her fork and take a tiny bite of cheesecake.  You could see the absolute bliss as the taste hit her taste buds.  She loved it!  She took another tiny bite and moaned in delight.  She took a third bite and her eyes closed as she reveled in the taste.  And then something crazy happened!  She closed that container and took it right back to the refrigerator! 

She ate three bites and stopped.  She thoroughly enjoyed those three bites too!  But she stopped!  For a whole week she worked on ONE PIECE OF CHEESECAKE!  Me, I would have eaten the whole piece in one sitting and licked the plate clean....literally!   And right there is the difference.  Thinking fat....thinking thin.  

Thinking thin is the art of making wise decisions.  Stopping after the bliss of the first taste dies away and putting it away for the next day.  Thinking thin is deciding to do what is good for your body versus what your mind tells you to do.  Thinking thin.  

Thinking fat....well that is eating something until you are sick, long after the good feelings and taste fade away.  Thinking fat is eating everything in sight, because you can, not because you are hungry or craving something....just because.  Thinking fat.

Which do you want to be?   I do not want to be I have to really work on making my thoughts and my actions match that of a thin person.  I need to THINK THIN!


mxtodis123 said...

I've been doing very bad since staying at home and the death of my son. Food became my only comfort and I have gained 10 pounds. Time to get back on track. This post spoke to me. Thank you so much.

MaryFran said...

Im so sorry for your loss! It is totally understandable the weight gain...hard to not turn to food in times like that! But you are right...time to get back on track and take care of yourself and in doing so, honoring your son!!!!

Anonymous said...

Which one do I want to be? Thin of course. But this week saw another small gain. 0.6 pounds. I am bummed out to say the least. I ran 4 days this week & 2 workouts on my Total Gym. IF all week too. It must be the portions. Of course I have hypothyroidism which doesn’t help. I guess I just need to try harder and think thin.

Paula C

Lynn said...

Hmmm. I couldn't do that with a piece of cake. I would eat the whole piece! Which is why I don't bring cake to work.

Mrs Swan said...

This spoke to me! My sister has always been an itty bitty thing. Even as an adult she would make a small blizzard from DQ last for like 3 different eating sessions. That is what your cheesecake story made me think of. I would have polished off that thing in less than a sitting. Which makes me remember something I was thinking about driving this week. You always do this to me! Make me remember stuff I had planned on posting about and never did. LOL

Amy said...

One of my favorite authors says when you are about to eat something when you're not hungry you should examine what it is you are really feeding. Loneliness? Boredom? Feelings that you're not good enough or life isn't sweet enough? Sometimes it can slow me down enough to realize that what I hope the treat will do for me isn't reality. It can't take away the stressful thing that happened at work, it can't make my bills go away. It can't make me less bored in a sustainable manner. It's a constant play of the mind, isn't it?