Food Consciousness and Affirmations
I`ve invited food consciousness into my daily life with a food journal. I also signed up for Weight Watchers. So far, I love the group support and a focus on food consciousness with the points plus system. I`m pretty much the youngest woman in class. The average age of the class is 62+. I love older women, though, since they usually have a fair amount of wisdom to pass down. And I can use all the wisdom I can get, especially concerning weight loss.
I will be `weight watching` for the rest of my life. I don`t feel a time pressure on weight loss. My goal is to get my body back to a healthy state of being – to a place where I can move freely and enjoy my daily life without the restriction of weight. This journey really has no beginning or end…it simply is.
The latest author I’ve been reading is Louise Hay, from Hayhouse Radio. She recently co-wrote this great little book with Cheryl Richardson called “You Can Lead an Exceptional Life.” Louise Hay is an 86 year-old woman, living a vibrant and healthy life. The book is about Louise’s journey in self-help. She’s considered a modern day pioneer in the use of positive daily affirmations. (Ok, I can’t help but thinking about the Stuart Smally skit from Saturday Night Live…. “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”) And yes, Louise discusses the power of using mirror work in daily affirmations.
The best affirmation I’ve been using (and it’s working) is for weight loss. Hay gives a few affirmations to use but this one most important: “I give up the need to carry excess weight.” It’s simple to say and easy to remember.
Think about it. We (the obese) have a need, a purpose, to carry excess weight. I’ve discussed this need in previous blogs. Typically, the need is protection, a kind of wall…keeping a mean, outer world at a distance. The reality: the outer world isn’t really mean unless you make it out to be. If your focus is on a mean and ugly world, then that’s exactly what you’ll get. The truth: the universe is loving and abundant, healthy and conscious; it’s supposed to be flowing through you every day. The light of the universe and God should shine through you. If there’s a wall, then that light can’t shine into the outside world. The light is only blocked, waiting for the day you’re ready to tear it down again and engage in the abundance that’s meant for you.
Since reading Hay’s book and working with the Weight Watchers program, I’ve lost eight pounds. I’m using her affirmations daily. This tool keeps me focused, reminding me that yes….I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!