There I lay, supine on my comfy couch, engrossed in some escapism fiction, with nary a thought of food or exercise or blogging in my head. As the book’s plot developed, suddenly the main character said something that hit me smack dab between the eyes. He’s a lawyer; not a healthy living expert. Not a dieter. His only exercise is walking his beloved dog. His only focus was on clearing his wrongly accused client of a multiple-murder charge. Yet what he said struck me in that moment as so profound and so applicable to the journey that many of us have in common, that I knew I had to share it with you.
The context doesn’t matter. The concept presented is apropos to so many things! But, of course, my mind immediately went here, to my blog, my journey, my past struggles with overeating. The quote comes from protagonist Andy Carpenter in “One Dog Night” by David Rosenfelt, as he describes his girlfriend who also happens to be his law firm’s investigator.
Laurie often employs a rather unique decision-making technique. She imagines beaming herself into a future situation that will result from her decision. She goes on to imagine how she will feel, and if it is intolerable, then she’ll beam herself a second time, with the decision variable reversed. Often the second beaming results in a more palatable situation.
Well hello, bright light-bulb going off above my reclining head!
I immediately stopped reading. And starting thinking. And imagining.
I imagined my next impending binge. And what would happen if I paused first to envision myself in the future, post-bender. With a stomach-ache. Filled with regret. Realizing once again that eating crap made me feel like crap. Cringing as I glare at the now higher number on the scale glaring back at me. Wishing I had walked away; that I had kept my mouth shut. But then I moved on to step two: changing my hypothetical decision. I considered what I would instead envision if I had not given in to the cravings and not binged. The vision changes. To the happier me. With no remorse. Feeling proud that I exerted willpower. Happy that I controlled food rather than letting food control me. Feeling energetic rather than needing a nap. Feeling good, physically and emotionally.
Yep, I like that second vision of the future better! And I like the idea that I can use this. That I can be powerful in a new way. Just by beaming myself forward. Twice. For anything. Not just eating. I can picture myself, sweaty and exhausted in a good way, after I exercise. And envision my kitchen in the morning with no dirty pans waiting for me.
Oh, the possible motivations from this little trick are coming to me at warped speed!
Funny how inspiration can come from the most unexpected of places:)
So, what do you think? Could you use this technique in your own life? Have you found inspiration in an unlikely way lately?