Monday, February 3, 2014
I should be an expert on losing weight. I certainly have spent enough time at it. I have educated myself; I certainly have the experience; I have read about how others have done it. So why am I still at it? So why haven't I reached and maintained my goal weight?
What if someone told me to go home after picking up some ice cream, cookies (for the kids of course), and a bag of candy. They also told me to lay around all day, drink sodas rather than water, and just eat whatever sounded good. Would I take that advice? Hopefully not. So why do we take that advice from ourselves? We advise ourselves to drink a bottle of wine which triggers the wanting of salty things, and lots of it. After a while we want something sweet to finish if off.
If any of you quilt you may have seen feathers quilted on one. They are pretty challenging. I have watched videos, bought books, bought marking tools and stencils, watched others do it, seen it on many quilts and admired how well the feathers were done - but I kept chickening out. All that time and money put into making a quilt top could be compromised with poor quilting. You haven't lived until you've ripped out a bunch of stitching on a quilt that has the backing, the batting, and the top sandwiched together. What "might" happen was intimidating. I didn't want to take the chance.
One of these last quilts I just finished was a twin size and I decided that I was going to try feathers on the border. No way would I try it on the king size that's waiting to be sandwiched and pinned. You know what, it didn't turn out half bad. I'm rather proud of it and will be showing it to my quilt club at our meeting next Thursday.
Some things we just have to jump in and do. We can read all kinds of books on weight loss and health. We can read about exercise and what it does. We have to do it. It's easier said than done however and we know it. We self-sabotage. We latch on to the excuses and use them over and over. We rationalize what we do because we couldn't stand the hunger. It scares us. I have been thinking about this too. Why does hunger scare us?
It doesn't scare me like it used to but I will admit that when my stomach growls I get anxious. I do not understand that. Food is everywhere. If I miss lunch, it will be time to eat again in about 4 hours. What's the big deal? I am getting to the point of a growling stomach more often. This is a good thing.
I also had a thought yesterday while at Church. I had my usual raisin bran muffin before Church at about 6 a.m. or so. When I make them, I use 1/3 cup of batter for each muffin so they are not all that big. My stomach started growling in Church. It didn't bother me. There is no food in Church. Had I been home I would have made a bee line for the kitchen because for crying out loud my stomach growled.
Don't panic my dear readers. I made it home and had lunch. Close call.
Be careful out there today.