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Insanity and Repetition

Strawberry“The definition of insanity,” Albert Einstein is claimed to have said, “is the repetition of the same acts over and over expecting a different result.” While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself insane, I would tend to agree with the basic principle that continuing down a path that has never led to success is simply a waste of time. So is being disappointed about the constant failure. I mean, if you’re going to do it wrong again, why are you surprised when if fails, right?

But that’s what we do when we want to lose weight. We buy our healthy food, get a healthy food cook book, we join a gym and buy ourselves new outfits and shoes and we tell everybody that this time, it’s going to be different – except that it’s exactly the same as the last seven times, and alas, the so are the results. This is because a successful weight loss program isn’t made up of only those elements. Trust me on this – I’m one of those who has done the above way more than seven times. If that was the path to weight loss, I’d be blogging photos of my fabulous bikini body by now.

12 weeks ago, with the determination not to keep doing the same things and getting the same results, I began the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program. I was skeptical at first. Obesity isn’t just about eating less and doing more exercise (as you can see from this blog alone) and involves a great deal of emotional, mental, social and knowledge elements. Was it possible one program could embrace all this?

As I discovered, this one does a pretty good job of just that. Of course, I had my problems. I lost a little weight, did a little exercise, and made a whole lot of mistakes similar to those I’d made before. But I don’t count my lack of weight loss a failure. Rather, I see it more as a good beginning. Why?

Because what I did get out of the program was something much longer-lasting: a greater understanding of what I was doing, how I was doing it, and how I could change and learn to do it better, both for another 12 weeks, and also forever. So now, from this position of greater understanding, better skills and a substantially more solid ground of self-confidence, I will tomorrow commence another 12 weeks of the program. And this time I expect to lose 15kg!

Yep, I know that sounds very confident, but you know, I’ve done hesitant and hopeful and determined and fearful and worried and unsure – and none of it got me anywhere. I’ve read a lot about how in order to reach your goals you need to imagine yourself already there. Well, I’m kind of doing that. I’m putting my brain into the place where it will be once I’ve actually done the program and lost my 45+kg. Why?

Because I’ve seen the evidence with my own eyes that this program works. And if it can work for others, there’s no reason ┬áit can’t work for me unless something I do gets in the way. Now perhaps I’m jumping the gun and being a little cocky or something – but I can’t tell you how good it feels being in this frame of mind. I’m thinking that keeping myself in this frame of mind might just give me the edge I need. It certainly won’t hurt.

I’ll be writing about the experience for two reasons. Firstly, because writing about it will allow me to analyse, examine and learn from my mistakes and successes. It will help me get better. Secondly, I can share what I learn, and hope something might help somebody else. I know I’ve definitely learned from others who have gone before.

So this is it. For better or for worse. I’m convinced it’s for the better of course (otherwise, why would I do it???) and I have to admit, I am possessed by the feeling that for the first time in longer than I can remember, I’m actually moving forward.

And yes, that’s a really good feeling.

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