Saturday, November 7, 2009

Reversing It

Welcome to "Same Old Sh*t" Saturday, where I repackage some older posts and pawn it off as something new and original. A lot of my posts get their start on the elliptical or on the stationary bike at the gym. I'm chugging along, my mind wandering, and I'll hit on something that I think is interesting. If the thought stays with me all the way through my workout, shower and trip back to the office, then I take it and run with it (if I can). You'd be surprised at how many posts I start and can't get enough traction to finish. Anyway, this one stuck around for over a month, just because I liked the idea but couldn't seem to make it work. Then, late one night, I came back to it and finished it in about twenty minutes. Sometimes that's the way it goes. This one did get a very nice reaction.

I will always be fat
And I refuse to believe that
I can lose this weight
I do
I realize that isn’t the way most people think but
“Eating to live instead of living to eat”
That’s just not working out, and I truly believe
Eating what I want will make me happier in the end
It’s just a big fat lie, thinking
Being fit is the most important thing in my life
Now I understand that
Making myself happy with food
Is more important than
Making myself healthy with food
And this much is true:
People are succeeding at losing weight every day
But I know in my heart this will not be the case for me
This could wind up killing me
Doctors tell me
I will shorten my life and steal time away from my family
Right now it doesn’t seem possible that
I can change my ways and be fit for the rest of my life
This is what I believe:
This journey is just too tough for me
I don’t want to even consider the fact that
I can control the causes of my shortcomings and my failings
It’s just a fact of life that
People like me are weak-willed and lazy
And it’s ridiculous to believe that
I will lose weight and be healthy

That’s how I used to think; then I chose to reverse it (read from the bottom up).

38 comments:

  1. Oh I love this. Yep, you really gotta reserve the way you think and function for this to work. :)

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  2. *reverse ahah that's what I meant, obviously.

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  3. So many challenges in life are about what we think. Love how you can read it from the bottom up. Great before and after pictures too.

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  4. I love this because it's kind of a physical demonstration of the rollercoaster we're always on.

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  5. That's it - positive thinking leads to positive results. :D

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  6. I have definitely said many of those phrases throughout my dieting career. Glad to be reversing those, too.

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  7. Jack, I consider this to be an amazing piece. And by amazing, I mean brilliant. And by brilliant, I mean I totally wish I would have written it myself. Because that would mean that I was really smart and doing something right.

    Thanks for choosing this one to pull out today.

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  8. Excellent, and very creative. If you don't write for a living now you might want to give it a go!

    Barb

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  9. Awesome. This was very inspiring and great to read. Thanks!

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  10. Just as great the second time around.

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  11. I really, really like this. It really is brilliant. I didn't see it the first time around.

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  12. That seriously gave me chills when I reversed it!
    Awesome!

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  13. I love this! Way to be creative and really think outside the box. You're a great inspiration Jack.

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  14. I've seen this one before but I enjoyed reading it again. I wish my brain could work like that.

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  15. I had not seen this but so good! So much of this is mental & changing the way we think!

    Great stuff Jack!

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  16. awesome! what a good way to help change the way you think about losing weight.

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  17. Not to get overly emotional but this brought tears to my eyes. Reading it downward just hit home and then reading up...inspiring and moving and so what I needed to read at this point. Love it.

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  18. Hi Jack,
    This was the one I printed out and put on the fridge.
    Glad to see these older posts.

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  19. Wow that was one of the coolest things I've ever read. Nice job!

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  20. This is way cool Jack. I love Same Old Sh*t Saturdays.

    One of the best reasons to exercise: time to think up things like this.

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  21. I loved this post the first time around and so glad that you posted it today!

    Thanks!

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  22. I loved this the first time and I think I love it even more now!

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  23. this is the first time I have read this, and no lie. It gave me chills! thank you so much... i needed this today!

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  24. Awesome. Very true. It's all what we chose to think, isn't it :)

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  25. At first reading it, it didn't really sink in until you said to read it backwards. Yup! That is so cool. That is definitely an awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. This is such a clever post! Thanks!

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  28. Plain and simple....I LOVE your blog!!!!

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  29. Totally clever. Sometimes it's all there, you just need to squint at it the right way, huh? ;) Thanks for the reminder.

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  30. DUDE, I LOVE THIS! Very, very cool. Thanks for this, friend.

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  31. Thanks for the sharing this post,
    Very cool!!

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