About 2 years after my son was born, I decided to lose the last of my “pregnancy weight.”
Or rather, my “I eat too much crappy food” weight.
After all, my son was 2 years old.
Pregnancy had nothing to do with my added poundage – and more to do with adding pizza and pretzel goldfish into my diet.
So I sat myself down for an honest conversation – writing to me via that “soul megaphone” called “a journal.”
What I discovered was: I consider myself a discerning person.
Professionally, I always super-care that each of my books and video courses are written and designed at their highest level.
Plus, personally I’m discerning about the clothes I wear – because I care about showing up at my best.
So…if I’m discerning about these many, many things – I should be discerning about the foods I allow to enter my mouth.
Pizza, bacon cheese burgers, and jellybeans are NOT the food choices of a discerning person.
After writing about this in my journal, I reawakened my identity as a discerning person.
I used this word “discerning” as my “mantra” to think about whenever I was tempted to eat crappy foods.
I then became more motivated to be pickier about my food choices.
After all, discerning people make discerning food choices!
Yep, simply by reminding myself that I embrace the value of discernment, I wound up eating more wisely – and slipping into my favorite skinny jeans!
I realized later that by “owning” the word “discerning” I was practicing a form of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
I then developed a range of other New Vocabulary Words to practice to inspire me to slim down and tone up.
Some of my favorite NLP words:
- I label the food I eat as “backwards food” versus “forwards food”
- Plus I tell myself that I’m “appreci-eating” my food – to motivate eating more slowly
I share many more NLP tools in my bestselling video course “Stop Emotional Eating.”
But that’s not the end of this story about the word “discerning.”
After I began to use the word “discerning” as a mantra, I started to be more discerning in many other areas – besides food.
Soon I found that I was being more discerning about my schedule (more careful about how I was spending my time – and who I was spending time with).
Plus, I started to be more discerning about how my home looked (tossing out old worn out furniture and old worn out clothes, re-organizing papers, books, shoes – and giving away Ari’s old toys).
It’s really quite amazing the power Neuro-Linguistic Programming and mindful “word choice” has upon one’s life.
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