Weight-Loss: The Power of Feeling in Control

By | 26th July 2018

Weight-Loss: The Power of Self-Control

 

Yesterday I posted a short post about “TALK” .  How internal and external talk can impact my well being and overall outcomes and I am sure this will be a reoccuring theme as I blog. One aspect of this is the idea of control.

Control

Everyone knows “Control” is an illusion.  However, I would argue that self-control and the feelings that derive from self-control are not!  

Related to this is a mindful exercise that I have done when both times I would begin to reach my high weight set point is WRITE down how I felt. This exercise kicked off my first attempt while on vacation Spain with the family.  Instead of feeling sorry or dismissing my inability to be disciplined, I began to write down how I felt.  Not everyday but on a regular basis keep a running journal about how I felt – why I thought I felt this way. This is important part of the journey because later done the line when I feel good it is a good reminder to read how bad I actually felt and not forget! 

One simple recurring theme is the lack of self-control and the lack of confidence and these two items are the ying and the yang, the rotate endless around themselves. I have also noticed as I began to exercise a higher level of self control that it strengthens my inner voice and radiates into many other areas of my life that are mostly unintentional.

Yin Yang of Self Control

I think of the quote from the movie “Scent of a Women“:

Who the hell you think you’re talkin’ to?

I’ve been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off.

But there isn’t nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit; there is no prosthetic for that. 

The Power of Self-Control

I believe that this is how it best describes(at least for me) how it feels to be in checkmate because of lack of confidence from lack of discipline.  It is a vicious circle!  The yin and yang of self-control and self-confidence is powerful both in its positive and negative form. I have lived through them both many time and the goal is to learn how to harness them.

While I was writing this I was thinking of the book CYRANO DE BERGERAC – also a film with Gérard Depardieu.

cyrano-de-bergerac

This idea about how windmills can drag you through mud but also up to the stars.

DE GUICHE (Who has recovered his self-control; smiling)
Have you read Don Quixote?

CYRANO 
I have—and found myself the hero.
A PORTER (Appears at the door.)
Chair
Ready!

DE GUICHE
Be so good as to read once more
The chapter of the windmills.

CYRANO (Gravely)
Chapter Thirteen.

DE GUICHE 
Windmills, remember, if you fight with them—

CYRANO 
My enemies change, then, with every wind?

DE GUICHE 
—May swing round their huge arms and cast you down
Into the mire.
CYRANO
Or up—among the stars! 

Quote from here

Those are my thoughts for this day. Please feel free to comment and share.

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