Susieannabella has an inspirational quote on her blog - "You can make a wish or you can make it happen".
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
It would be nice if it was that easy wouldn't it?
Four leaf clover.
Find a penny, pick up, all the day you'll have good luck.
Are you superstitious?
Black cat walking in your path.
Walking under a ladder.
Breaking a mirror.
I have heard that athletes are very superstitious in general. They wear the same underwear for every competition or they have some ritual that they believe will bring them good luck.
We have some rituals as well. It is called the cycle of yo-yo dieting. Diet/Lose/Slip Up/Gain repeat. We also have some mental rituals when the going gets tough. I thought the tough got going at that point. Our overeater brains start thinking of eating and so there has to be a good excuse, a ritual, a slogan of some kind. We need to "get it out of our system" so we can start fresh. We can't just choose to eat, there has to be an excuse, a reason, a rationalization so our conscience doesn't suffer too much. We can then feel virtuous about "getting back on track".
OK so where's the good luck for weight loss? I haven't found it, have you? I still look for it at times and that would be when my weight goes in the wrong direction for the week (like this last one). I did not focus as I should have but wished for good luck yesterday at the scale (which showed a .5 gain) - lucky I didn't gain more than that :-)
We also get superstitious at times. What terrible things might befall us if we eat this or don't eat that? We could lose muscle; we could slow down our metabolism; we might get sick; somebody might be insulted if we don't join in the food fest; the food might spoil; the food might be wasted (there are starving kids in Africa for crying out loud); you get my point.
Have a great one.