I love the Wayne Dyer quote, “When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.”
I’m a huge Wayne Dyer fan. I’ve been reading his books and listening to his CDs for years. He’s the one guy who can get me to open my wallet for PBS. I find him incredibly inspiring and motivating in a real and accessible way.
This quote, which I repeat to myself regularly, popped into my head just as I was waking up, which led me to think about it as it relates to my experience with weight loss. When I changed the way I looked at things I was doing related to weight loss, those things changed…
How I Changed the Way I Looked at Weight Loss
I used to think of Weight Watchers as a diet that required me to deprive myself of my favorite foods. I spent a lot of time focusing on what I couldn’t have. Now I look at it as a lifestyle that allows me to live the slim and healthy life I desire and focus a lot more on everything I can have.
I used to look at my Weight Watchers meeting as something I had to do. Another chore on my never-ending to do list. Now I look at it as 30 minutes of food sanity and in an otherwise out of control food world, an activity that helps to ground me and keep me connected to my desire to stay slim and healthy.
I used to look at myself as broken, a freak with no self-control who ate food even when it didn’t taste good and stuffed herself past full over and over again.
Now I look at myself as someone perfectly designed for a different world. I now know that my biology is designed for the “see food” diet to help me survive in a feast-or-famine world. My environment is what is out of whack, not me. We are living in an over-the-top food focused world brimming with super-sized portions and overly processed junk. To live happy, healthy and slim, I simply need to learn to manage my environment. To set it up to support me not sabotage me.
I used to get frustrated when any program didn’t align with my beliefs perfectly. When it would promote foods I saw as too processed or suggested artificial sweeteners that I viewed as dangerous or undesirable.
Now I chose to take what works from any program and let the rest go. I now realize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. I cherry-pick the parts of a plan that work for me, taking the best of the best from each to customize an approach that is as unique as me.
I used to look at exercise as a form of punishment and torture. It was something I did to my body, always expecting to get something in return – lost weight, tighter abs, firm upper arms, Now I look at exercise as a gift I give my body, a form of self-care that helps me stay strong, flexible, sleep better, and feel better.
Amazing! Staggering! Unbelievable!
When I changed the way I looked at weight loss, weight loss changed for me forever.
Has the way you look at weight loss changed? How could changing the way you look at things change your weight loss?
Here’s a great video where Dr. Wayne Dyer talking about the power of changing the way you look at things:
And another great video with Dr. Dyer talking about How to change your life by changing your way of thinking:
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