I am officially calling an end to the holiday eating season. What authority do I have for this? None but what I give myself, but bear with me. In recent years what I call the eating holidays have come to extend from Halloween all the way through the Super Bowl and Valentines Day. Now, you can argue that it isn't over, that St. Patricks Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and all of the summer celebrations have become occasions for over eating, but I think it's a lot easier to overeat in a sweater and jeans than in a bikini! Yes, slowly but surely the days will grow longer and the sun will begin to lift our spirits and fuel our enthusiasm.
Ahh, Enthusiasm, now there's one of my favorite tools for lasting change. My dashboard dictionary defines it as enjoyment, interest, or approval. It's origin is the Greek enthous, Possessed by a god, inspired. Imagine what it would be like to be taken over by the spirit of health to such an extent that you would move constantly and happily toward the goal of your ideal body without deviation. I intend to think of these warming and brightening days as the season of enthusiasm. During this time of year, while the naturally lean people around me indulge in donuts and ding dongs, I will slice apples, peel oranges, and dig into salads with a secret smile on my face, knowing that I am following the path of enthusiasm to what I want most, instead of what my inner teenager wants at the moment. If I veer off the path I will react with curiosity, and learn how to make the right road so thoroughly appealing to both my conscious and subconscious self that my ultimate arrival at my destination becomes inevitable.
Infuse your Goal with Enthusiasm
Every day, let's spend some time thinking about what we truly desire, and nurturing our enthusiasm for the pursuit. As the days get longer, certainty gets stronger.