One of the things that astonishes me about my transformation from being fat to being fit is the way I now think. Not only did I go though a physical metamorphosis but I also whent though a mental one as well. Here are two topics contrasting the way I thought as a fat person to how I now think as a fit person.
Thinking About My Next Meal
As an overweight person, I use to worry about food particularly about my next meal. I was like a junkie worrying about his next fix. Part of the problem is that a lot of my happiness came from food.
Another aspect of the problem is that I was always hungry. Eating processed food that are also high in carbohydrates will raise and lower your blood sugar rapidly leaving you hungry more often. So of course I was always thinking about my next meal.
I’m still a foodie. I love to eat and enjoy most of my meals. However, I generally do not think about food until I’m hungry.
Also, I do not look to food as a primary source of happiness. That is to say, I do not look to food as a way to change my state or comfort me when I’m feeling sad. Now I much more look to exercise and other resources to change my state.
Worrying About “Wasting” Food
When I was overweight I was constantly concerned about finishing my plate. I viewed throwing food away even if I was full as a waste. So instead I would stuff myself.
I grew up hearing about starving children in China who would love eat what I threw away. Feeding the poor is a serious matter and I’m not trying to make light of it in any way. However, me overeating does not do one thing to help starving children. It only makes me fat.
I no longer worry about wasting food. This is not to say that I frivolously make extra food just to throw it away. In fact, I generally eat most of what is on my plate. But I do not try to stuff myself if I’m full.
The reason I no longer worry about throwing away excess food is that I had somewhat of an epiphany a few years ago. I realized that if you are overweight, then I am wasting food if I eat past satiety. It is not going to use; It is going to fat. So I decided that I could either throw excess food in the trash can I wear (fat cells), or I could through it in the trash can I don’t wear.
Changing your thinking is sometimes more difficult than changing your habits. But the truth is all change starts in the mind. Today challenge yourself to think like a fit person. If you do, you will eventually act like a fit person.