Archive | May, 2013

A Quickie With My Food Boyfriend

24 May

Do you enjoy a quickie, or do you enjoy a longer, more languid session that is memorable and makes you smile every time you think about it?

Am I talking about sex or am I talking about food? The pleasure of eating is often compared to sex. A scrumptious meal, or your favourite food likely hits those same pleasure zones and creates similar chemical reactions in the brain.

What if we treated eating the way we treated sex? What if you took the time to get to know and understand what you are eating, or where your food comes from to gain a better appreciation from it? We know when we spend time on foreplay, the payoff is more satisfying. Why should it be any different with food?

How about this perspective. Think about mercy or sympathy “dating” as it were. There are times where you are less fussy or selective with our choice of partner. The person of the moment isn’t your type, or normally isn’t what you would go for, and they are certainly not the “one”. They may not even be good for you, however, they seem to be nice enough and it’s just easier and convenient for the time being. Sound familiar? Sometimes you are selective and will hold out for someone really worthwhile, but sometimes we just need to get a fix so we don’t feel the desire to hold out.

Do you do the same with food? “Ahh, it’s not a great meal, but I’m hungry and it will do”. It has no real nutritional value, but it tastes good. Is every meal you eat a mind blowing toe curling experience? Why not?

How long would you put up with bad sex? How does the thought of less than satisfactory sex feel to you? How happy would you be?

How long or often do you put up with mediocre or bad food, or food that doesn’t nourish you?

Think about the most fulfilling relationship you have or have ever had and what a wonderful experience that was or still is. What would you look like if  you treated your relationship with food like a relationship with the love of your life? Your food boyfriend if he had a voice, would he be able to convince you that:

  • It’s good for you
  • It’s good to you
  • It’s satisfying
  • You can trust and depend on it to take care of you
  • It thrives with love and attention from you

Is it time to have the “talk” with your food boyfriend or food girlfriend to see where this relationship is going?

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Who are you lookin’ at?

8 May

How is it there are some people who have it all together? What do they have that I don’t?

 

What “all together” means to me, is success in health, wealth and lifestyle that I believe would suit my personality and needs just fine.

 

Well, I guess if I did what they did and watched and replicated their every move, then chances are I would be further ahead than I am now. Is that stalking?

 

Maybe stalk is a strong word. I would love to follow one of my inspirations for a time to see what they do to make things happen in their life.  Let’s take Richard for instance. You may know Richard as the entrepreneurial business magnate, Sir Richard Branson. It’s not because I have a weakness for red heads, but I do for charisma, street smarts and confidence, all of which he has  in ample supply. I don’t even believe Richard, or should I say Sir Richard, finished high school, and despite several businesses that failed during his early reign, he continues and prospers still over 320 companies later.

 

I at least finished high school. I have been told I have charisma. My street smarts shows at times and I have a healthy dose of self confidence. Yet, that is where our similarities seem to end.

 

What get’s him out of bed in the morning? I somehow doubt he spends time playing Bejeweled on his Ipad (or flat screen televison) in bed before he gets up to go to work, walking past his treadmill to get to the bathroom for his morning shower.

 

Perhaps I need to start there.

 

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Think of who you admire. Is it for their looks? Physique? Family life? Business sense? Are you doing anything remotely similar in your life that mirrors theirs? Do you think that would make a difference in your outcomes, decisions and way of being?

 

Who are you looking at? Are they worthy of your time? Let’s try an experiment. Follow your idol on Twitter or other social media outlet for two weeks and see if you can get a glimpse of your “ideal” life, glean some life altering motivation or something else useful or inspiring. Thanks to technology, stalking is now called “following”.

Follow away!

 

 

 

 

All or Nothing

2 May

Over the years I have had to learn to temper my all or nothing way of thinking and rather intense personality. Sure there are times that I was super motivated, but it was usually because I felt that I had something to prove to someone else. One summer I lost 30 pounds when I got dumped by my long time boyfriend. (He broke up with me and got married two weeks later to a classmate he met after I told him to go out and make some friends). I was in the best shape of my life…physically. I even had a six-pack, for the first and only time in my life…abs!

My head space was a different story. I worked out like a fiend, for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t about bring healthy. I actually lost my appetite, but continued to push myself physically, beyond exhaustion some times. Is it a surprise that I wasn’t able to maintain a six-pack and over the years gained over 50 pounds that I am still trying to shed over 20 years later?

It took me almost two decades to cut myself some slack, about not doing things I believed that I “should” do, or “needed” to do. For what or who do I need to do these things for anyway?  What would happen if I simply didn’t want to do it? The world didn’t end, and people didn’t hate me for it. As a matter of fact, no one even noticed or batted an eye during my self-imposed rebellion.

I finally started to get to know myself better. I became more open to try different and out-of-my-comfort-zone things, from massages, to chiropractic care, to yoga. These little openings lead to some fantastic experiences, some great, some disastrous, but all fantastic outcomes nevertheless.  I finally became curious about things, and didn’t care as much about what other people thought. What they thought about me didn’t change who I was inside, or make me a bad person.

What would you do for yourself if nobody cared, commented or noticed what you did? What makes you think they do now? What if you went ahead and did it anyway?

How liberating would that feel for you? Can you remember when you last felt or do you even know what it feels like to be liberated?

You. Liberated. How does that look on you?

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