I know this is nutrition blog for www.nutritionmap.com, but bear with me, you will see where I am going with this…
A fellow blogger (http://www.janettedolores.com) 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?