Creating New Associations to Replace Old Ones
I used to hate shoveling snow. I would hope that some kid wanting to earn some extra money would come by so I didn’t have to do it myself. I was out of shape, tired, and every year the news seems to have that one person that died of a heartattack while shoveling snow. The day after shoveling snow was just as bad as the day off, my lower back would hurt, I wouldn’t want to get out of bed, booo shoveling snow sucks.
When the fail blizzard of 2015 came, I was dreading snow shoveling, because I had all those negative connections with the act of shoveling. We still got around 8 inches of snow where I live and that was enough to have me looking out the window and hoping that some kid would be coming around with a snow shovel in tow.
Since we live in a different time and kids earning money shoveling snow is a thing of the past, it was up to me to shovel, and I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was dreading it. I already felt the back pain before I went outside. I went outside and shoveled like a pro, it didn’t bother me at all, it was like a light workout for me, my back was fine, my heart didn’t race, and if I was younger, I would have gone out and earned some extra cash digging other people out.
The point is that I still had a “fat” association with shoveling snow. When you lose a lot of weight, get into decent shape, you have to take the time to re-evaluate things you hate, because you might not hate them all that much. I tend to be a grumpy person, but maybe a lot of those things I hated to do was because of my physical limitations and not actually the activity themselves.
I’m going to write a list, I encourage you to do the same thing, of things that I hate to do and see if I hate them now. Once you remove a limiting factor in your life there should be a sense of freedom that you didn’t have before. So, as you lose weight, as you get healthy, make sure you revisit things you dislike, because you may just find you like them now or at least you won’t dread them now.