Young@Heart: 4 Ways To Use Your Imagination to Get Back on Track

Because we’re human we get tempted by foods (and other things) that we know aren’t especially good for us. It’s just not fair that foods that aren’t good for us, taste so darn good!

Been on the SES Diet lately (Summer Eating Spree Diet)? You know, too much potato salad and too many corn on the cobs, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, s’mores, sodas, beers, cupcakes and crackers and more. They’re all the treats of picnics, camping and barbeques and we associate these fun times this those fun foods. And you probably have it in your mind that those times without those treats just wouldn’t be fun.

Usually we get back on track because there’s something in the future, compelling us. Maybe it’s a health problem and your doctor says you need to eat healthy and exercise or you’ll drop dead pretty soon. Maybe it’s just a wedding approaching and you’re one of the bride’s maids and you don’t want to be the fattest one. Or, maybe you’re planning a vacation and you want to have energy to walk a lot. The decision is the first part of the turn and then you have to have the motivation to make the turn and that’s where a compelling reason kicks in.

Maybe it’s time to go into your imagination booth (by closing your eyes) and use your imagination to get back on the right track. You can take me with you, using these 4 suggestions.

1.  While you’re in your booth, imagine the feeling when you’ve turned the corner on an intension to lose weight. Turning the corner is the hardest part of an intention, because you have to put the brakes on the momentum of doing the opposite of your intension, before you can get going in the right direction and into the freedom of eating a healthy diet again.

If you go to the grocery store in the next couple of days, just look in the carts rolling around the store and you’ll see that the ingredients of carts filled with groceries, are evidence of the cart pusher’s condition: healthy or unhealthy.

2. Imagine the feeling when you’ve turned the corner (you’ve done it many times) and you’re starting to think less about wanting those foods in the SES Diet. Remember how easy it was to eat healthy once it became a habit again. The only hard part is what your mind does before you make the turn, as well as while you’re making the turn. But once you’ve turned, you don’t have to think about it anymore. The habit kicks in and you’re no longer strapped with decisions to make. That’s why when you hear a person say, “I’ve turned the corner,” you know they’ve “got it.”

Here’s dialogue between a waitress and a customer who hasn’t turned that corner.

“May I take your order?”

“Uh, yes, I’ll have the hamburger.” (Thinks about saying “no bun” but decides that today it’s okay, because it’s the weekend and, hey, it’s date night.)

“And for your side?”

“Uh, oh, why not, fries.”

“Anything to drink?”

“A coke, or no a glass of Chablis.”

Here’s dialogue between a waitress and a customer who has turned that corner.

“May I take your order?”

“Yes, I’ll have the hamburger, no bun, salad and water please.”

3.  In your imagination, fast forward to October 24th and think how your clothes won’t hurt anymore and how much easier it’ll be to exercise, because you’ll be back at the gym regularly. See yourself in a cute workout outfit. Feel how good that feels. Hear someone say, “You look great!” Feel the joy of your body responding to healthy food and exercise.

4. Imagine a compelling reason. Be outrageous and it’ll spark the interest of your inner child. (Once you’re in partnership with that important part of you, you’re chances of really changing are very good.) So, for example, you could imagine you’re in prison and you’ve got sensors all over your body and if you don’t exercise, it’s reported to the warden, and if you don’t get 20 days of exercise in the next month, you’ll be put into solitary confinement. If you eat sweets, it’s recorded. If you go off your intention in any way, it’s reported. And if you have a good report, after a month, you’ll get paroled, but you still have to have the sensors on for monitoring and if you violate parole, you’ll go back to the slammer.
That’s just a suggestion. You can probably think of a better one, and if you do, I hope you’ll share it with me. pam@pamyoung.org

So start using your imagination to get back on the healthy track.

Now close your eyes (go in your imagination booth).

Have fun taking a turn for the best!

Love,
Pam

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