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Being Present

I know this is nutrition blog for, but bear with me, you will see where I am going with this…

A fellow blogger ( recently posed the question “Are there words of wisdom you mentally summon when you’re in need of being lifted spiritually or emotionally?”

I was instantly brought back to a little piece of advice that I heard in yoga class many years ago that has become my mantra during meditation, prayer, or really anytime I am stressed or restless.  It was a profound, earth shattering recommendation, at least for me.  I think it was exactly what I needed to hear when life seemed to be moving at a ridiculously fast pace.  I may be quoting it wrong but here it goes:

“You are only truly alive in the present.  The past is a memory and the future, a fantasy. So be present and take in each and every “present moment.”

That’s it.  So simple isn’t it?

When it comes to changing your eating habits and living a healthier lifestyle many people skip living in the moment and move straight into their plans for the future or as I call is: the “when I lose the weight” fantasy.  I hear it all the time.  Things like:

“When I am skinny, I will treat myself to new clothes.”

“When I lose all the weight, I will change my hair.”

“I will not go shopping for swimsuits! I am not ready!”

Now I am not saying that looking to a positive future is necessarily a bad thing.  It becomes a bad thing when you put your “present moments(s)” on hold.  Each healthy choice made whether it be choosing a salad over deep fried meal or taking the stairs over the elevator should be applauded and savored in the “present moment”.  Each present moment will help you reach a goal, however each step is a necessary part of the process.

Are you guilty of the “when I lose the weight” fantasy?