I don’t know about you, but I had a blast eating my way through the holidays. Brisket, latkes and donuts all made their way into our Hanukkah celebration. We didn’t skimp on Christmas feasting either, including a standing rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, endless Christmas cookies and more. So it’s no wonder that my scale started laughing when I got on it this morning and my weight was up.
Here’s the thing, though: I thoroughly hate dieting. I am a Taurus, lover of all things sensual, rich and abundant. The idea of skimping, starving or otherwise deliberately creating any kind of discomfort for myself just doesn’t play in my consciousness. But I do love being lithe, lean and energetic. Also, some of my favorite clothes are more than 30 years old, and I don’t want to wonder if they’re going to fit or not.
Imagine, for a moment, that your excess weight was not a burden, but a blessing. Think of it as money in your personal piggy bank. Each pound is worth 3500 energy “dollars.” So if you are carrying an extra 20 pounds, you have 70,000 energy “dollars” to spend or invest in any activity that you enjoy. You’re rich!
The question then becomes: what do you want to spend your “money” on? What part or parts of your life would grow brighter, bigger and better if you spent your time and energy on them? Think of your excess energy as currency-literally, a flowing current of wellbeing that is totally within your control. Here’s a Fullistic® hint: whatever you might love to do or have or be is ready and waiting to love you right back. Investing in them not only takes a load off your mind; it ignites your body and spirit, too.
Imagine that you’re sitting down with a financial planner. The first thing he or she will likely ask you is what your priorities are for your assets. Same thing here. In what area or areas of your life would you like to see an increase? How would a return on your investment make you feel?
In one of my workshops, I had a man who was “banking” an extra 50 pounds. He made his living as a chef, and said he was in the refrigerator 25 times a day. But when I asked him what he loved the most, he talked about spending time with his family, especially his nine-year-old son, who liked to go hiking. So my next question was, “where do the two of you like to go?” and he shook his head sadly. “Look at me,” he said. “I’m in no kind of shape to go anywhere. He goes with his friends.”
A week later, he was back, with a big grin on his face. “I was in the refrigerator earlier this week, and all of a sudden, it hit me!” he said joyfully. “My son’s not in there! So I closed the door and look!” He pointed to a new pair of hiking boots on his feet. “He and I are going on our first hike this weekend!”
Another participant, banking an extra 25 pounds, said she was a manager in a nursing home. “I eat all the wrong things because I frequently have to stay for an unplanned extra shift to cover for the hourly employees who don’t show up,” she said. “All I want is to be able to go home at a normal time and have a decent dinner with my husband.” Knowing she was investing in her happiness, she went to her supervisor the next day and asked for a demotion to hourly status. “And I’m the most senior member of the team, which means that I get to choose the shift I want,” she said happily. “So now I’m leaving every day at 3 PM. Dinner at home!” A week later, she had already converted 7000 energy “dollars” to her happiness, and she didn’t feel as squeezed by her pants.
When you resist or ignore your happiness, your energy tends to slow or get stuck–mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Simply allowing yourself to think about and take action on what makes you happy gets the flow going. Once you start thinking about what feels right and good to you, either your intuition will kick in to help, or you’ll start getting signs and signals from your life that you’re on the right path.
Fullistically, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
#1: Convert your thinking from pounds to currency. You’re rich! So relax: you have plenty of energy currency to spend however you’d like.
#2: Prioritize YOU. If you can’t think of anything that would make you happy, identify what is making you unhappy and ask yourself, “Why does this have my attention? What do I want instead?”
#3: Make your first investment small, but significant. The hiking boots and job title were not earth-shaking changes, but they hooked up the Fullistic® connection between intention, attention and action, which got the energy flowing and converted stored calories into a new currency of self-worth.
Want to empower others while you get in the flow? Schedule a Fullistic® Wellbeing workshop for your friends, group or team! Here’s the link: https://fullistic.com/programs-and-services/ Or call us at 218-779-5692.
As for me, I’m investing my assets into my writing–something I love to do, but have not prioritized. What’s interesting is that when I do it, I’m a) not hungry for food, but for ideas; and b) eager to get up and move, either by dancing or jumping on my rebounder every hour or so. What fun!
Wishing you the joy of you!
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