I’ve been reading an interesting post on Voluntary Simplicity. I really like these concepts and it’s something I try to do in my life but have never really thought about in these terms before.
As far as dieting goes, this quote really struck me:
Gandhi said, “As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it. If you were to give it up in a mood of self-sacrifice or out of a stern sense of duty, you would continue to want it back, and that unsatisfied want would make trouble for you. Only give up a thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing no longer has any attraction for you.”
How often do we decide to lose weight or start a healthy lifestyle because we think we should?
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of posts on New Year’s resolutions – some full of workable goals infused with energy and positivity, some made with a spirit of ‘it’s new year so I guess I should do this’. No prizes for guess who’ll achieve their goals.
I spent so many years making plans and resolutions to lose weight because I thought I should and, each time, I’d crumple as soon as I saw the first chocolate bar.
When I read that quote now, I realise I got more inner help and comfort from eating than the imagined payoff. It wasn’t because I lacked self discipline, I needed to overeat. I needed the comfort, I needed the distraction, I needed the joy and, at the time, the only place I could find it was in food.
My weight loss plans always involved sacrifice – I’ll go without this and not eat that. When I found something I wanted more, I could do it. I wanted to experience life as a healthy person. In order to do that, I shed the things I didn’t need – not just the weight and not just the food, but the reliance on these comforts to see me through life.
I’m far from done but I see now that I need to focus my energy on the things I want – and, it’s true, the things I give up will no longer have a hold on me.