A Human Approach

Jae Rang Headshot

A Thinking Gap

Aha!  Moment Monday

I think I got it backwards.

I believe the saying is, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” but according to my scale, I somehow managed to interpret it to be, “The waist is a terrible thing to mind”.  My blurry eyes and stiff muscles – telltale signs of zoom fatigue – my closet locking me out and my son, the nutrition coach, having the “carb talk” with me made me wake up and take note of my COVID-20 (the 20 pounds I thought I released forever that found their way back in the spring.)

I excused my quarantine habits with the label, “stress eater” – owning it like a badge of honor while on the grind – and was too exhausted any given day to consider exercise.

What was I thinking?

Aha! ~ “The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don’t have any.”  ` Alice Walker

I had a brief thinking gap.

Two things about the “stress eater” label that are incongruent with what we know to be true.

  1. Stress is not external.Stress is not what is happening to you it is what you impose upon yourself in reaction to what is happening.
  2. Words are powerful. I allowed my ego to creep in with the “stress eater” label and justify its toxic messaging using food to comfort me.

Ironically, I was in control the entire time.

Buddha said, “The mind is everything.  What you think you become.”  I thought I was stressed and exhausted – in fact, I used words like “grind” and “frustrated” initially to describe how I perceived my state – so I became that, thankfully only for a brief period when I lost myself.

I’m not worried about my COVID-20 because I have a plan – a healthy mindset, sunny trails minutes away, phenomenal mentors, and a kick-butt nutrition program (all of which I’m happy to share) – and the understanding that life is what you make it.

What’s on your menu this summer?


Have your Aha Moment Mondays delivered right to your inbox… sign up.