My New Years resolution and revolution is to GO SKINNY; I am using the caps here because I am saying it loud: GO SKINNY Ramona. Going skinny is very different from losing weight. To lose weight is to abandon a piece of yourself . When you go skinny, you embrace yourself. As you embrace yourself, you lose what is not embracing you. For me that is about 35 pounds of fat and anything associated with holding that on my skinny body .
There are five principles that I know will help me to Go Skinny.
One, I will take stock of my mental, spiritual, and physical self. You got it: I am looking at myself holistically. I am recording the beauty that is me– all of it. I want to enhance those beautiful pieces so that the not so pretty won’t have room. That leads me to the second principle.
Two, I am taking stock of what I don’t like about myself. I teach students who tell me to “keep it real.” I like that phrase-“keep it real.” To keep it real is to be authentically honest with myself. I am not going to beat myself up, say and think negatively about myself. I am simply going to examine what I don’t like objectively, write down what I don’t like, and work on how I can continually enhance the positive, so there won’t be room for the things that I do not like-or that don’t like me.
Three. Yes, I am looking at what I see as the three pieces of me. The mental: this 2009 I am committed to putting in my mind that which will carry me into the direction that I believe God wants me to go. That means the foolish. Now, the foolish for me may not be the foolish for the next person, but we all know our foolish. I am taking the foolish out. I am filling my mind with that which will make me mentally sharp, that which will engage me intellectually.
Four: I know that I can help my mental well-being if I improve my spiritual self. For me that is improving my relationship with the God who tolerates me, the God who inspires me to be the best me. One way I know I will do this is to volunteer, to give to the community of believers, to be involved. Yeah! I tell myself; you want to Go Skinny into the spiritual-get involved. Something will happen to the physical you. That leads me to my fifth principle.
Five: I will take stock of my physical diet. What do I really like to eat. That’s important. I am giving up on food I don’t really like, food that my consciousness says is a no, no. Like, yes, cake. For me cake is simply flour, sugar, egg, and milk. I don’t want to eat any of that. Just don’t, so in 2009, that is how I will think about cake-a combination of flour, egg, milk, and sugar. All no, no’s for me. I don’t want my blood, the life of my body, to have to try to transport that, especially since 2009 is the year for taking long walks and lifting light weights. That will be my exercise.
2009: I am going to have a Go Skinny revolution. I am giving up anything–living, dead, fried, died –that does not celebrate a healthy me. I invite you to do the same! GO SKINNY in 2009.