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College of Healthy Living

Sunday, March 27, 2011

All my life I have failed at keeping the weight off. It amazes me that I even kept trying. I thought about how if college had been this hard I never would have graduated.

Then it suddenly dawned on me. College was that hard! I just approached it differently.

HOLY CRAP! I may just have something here!!!

***I'd like to take this moment to point out to anyone who hasn't experienced it: Sometimes discovering what was right in front of your nose for a very long time is a way bigger deal than some miniscule new discovery like 'evolution' or 'the polio vaccine'.***

I then played the amusing game of comparing my attempts to lose weight with my success at completing college. It cracked me up to think about how many times I've set myself up for failure in weight loss.

If I had gone to the first day of college with that old mentality I had for dieting it would have gone something like this.

Day 1:
go to first class
leave early
decide to try again in the morning

Day 2:
Go to first class
Go to rest of classes!
Procrastinate homework
Decide not to do homework and start over next day

Day 3:
Screw it, I'll just fail

Day 4:
Go to all my classes and cram on homework all night to catch up

Day 5:
Screw it, I'm exhausted, I'll try starting again tomorrow, or maybe next Monday.

Okay so that's ridiculous. And I know college and dieting aren't the same but its a fairly good example of how screwed up my attempts at dieting have been.

Thinking about this helps me a lot. For one, it reminds me of the importance of why I no longer say I'm dieting. Dieting ends, healthy living doesn't. Even though college ends its still a good comparison because how we are in school, how we budget and spend our time is pretty much how most of us will do it for life.

So turning this around I can now tackle my health regime as I tackled college. With excitement, curiosity, organization, hard work and balance.

Show up for class. Participate. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Ask for help. Learn from your mistakes! Help others. Form study groups. Celebrate success and reward yourself. Party smart! Have fun.

Get a spiffy Diploma. :)

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  • CORDIA72
    What a great analogy!
    3619 days ago
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