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diet couple apples on platesYou could say that I am a hater of being ordered around. Lists that tell you to NEVER EAT _______ AGAIN!! and DO THIS! NOT THAT!! get under my skin.

But apparently, that sort of headline gets attention, so here’s my version.

Short and sweet, this post is meant to get you thinking. Weight preoccupation is so prevalent that you might not even notice how much it has pervaded your consciousness. But there’s another way to look at things.

When you stop doing things like this:

  1. Counting calories, carbs, points, or fat grams.
  2. Measuring and weighing food, unless it’s for a recipe.
  3. Stepping on the scale, then flinging yourself onto the bed and crying.
  4. Having a pity party.
  5. Staring at a model’s [Photoshopped] thigh gap and cursing your genetic makeup.
  6. Calculating the calories you’ve burned during a workout.
  7. Mentioning your new eating plan to anyone who’ll listen.
  8. Feeling alternately virtuous then guilty, depending on what you ate for lunch.
  9. Researching the latest diet.
  10. Comparing yourself to others.

You’ll have more time for things like this:

  1. Identifying what you’re really hungry for.
  2. Figuring out your next move to get that work promotion.
  3. Really feeling what your body is accomplishing during a workout.
  4. Talking to your kids.
  5. Noticing how your food really tastes and feels in your mouth.
  6. Modeling for your daughter how we are more than our jeans size.
  7. Playing fetch with your dog. (In my case, that means Daisy runs away with the toy and I chase her down.)
  8. Reading the news.
  9. Sitting with your feelings.
  10. Dancing around your living room.

What else would you add to either list? Let me know in the comments below.

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