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Like many girls, I’ve been on several-too-many diet-spurts in my life. It’s only been 27 years and I’ve foolishly tried the Atkins, South Beach (just a less dangerous Atkins), Low-calorie, Low-fat, Vegetarian, and most recently, Dukan diet! As if that wasn’t silly enough. I’ve tried many of these more than a handful of times. Although I am not a big fan of the movie, Eat Pray Love, there is one scene that struck a chord with me.  When Elizabeth is in India, she meets Richard from Texas, who recognizes that she’s got a mental block and says:

“If you could clear out all that space in your mind, you’d have a doorway. And you know what the Universe would do? Rush in. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Often, I find myself thinking that if I could just let go of all my “food noise” (as Bethenny Frankel would call it) and obsessing over diet/calories/fat/weight, I would have so much more room/energy/heart/time in my mind & heart, and subsequently–in my life, to embrace more of life.  When I think of all the time I’ve spent studying, analyzing, planning diets.. and just overall, dwelling on weight/size/image, I get sad. There are many time where I wish away all those thoughts but the obsession takes over and I quickly forget those wishes.

I’m plainly aware that it’s not as simple as wishing it away. I’m also aware that just as I’ve fed this unhealthy mindset all these years- and I can also stop feeding it. I don’t want to wake up 10 years from now, still upset that I’ve given up so much of myself to this. I want to make that effort to “clear out all that space” and let the rest of my life that’s meant to be lived “rush in.”

 

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Written by crimsoncoffee

June 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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