Here’s the best diet plan ever.

FUN Advantage 1:
You get to create your own version.

FUN Advantage 2:
You won’t get tired of it, and if you think you are tiring, you just adjust your version.

Advantage 3:
You don’t have to think about getting too fat or too thin, ever.

How is it win-win?
Because while you’re losing unhealthy weight, you’re accomplishing something else altogether that will make you feel great, AND your accomplishment will be positively meaningful to someone else (or even maybe many other people).

Okay, I’m sure you’re ready to hear some details. Nothing in life is simple, but this has a very simple start.

First, set your mind and heart on something bigger than personal physical gratification.

Second, every time you think of eating (outside of normal meal times), remind yourself that you don’t have time—you need every minute to work toward your important something. Remind yourself that you’ll feel better by accomplishing a step in that direction, than you would feel if you stopped to eat. Try it and see how you feel. Food will taste better when you’re truly hungry and have accomplished something valuable, and you won’t have any guilt from eating when you finally get around to it.

Your important something could be anything, like:
Helping your child to be smarter and happier,
Helping more people with your work or your charity,
Being healthy and energetic in order to______ (fill in the blank),
Learning or experiencing ______ (fill in the blank),
Earning more money so you can______ (fill in the blank),

Be specific, choosing something that would make your heart soar if you were succeeding—something that would make you feel like an important and positive contributor to the world.

You will pour so much energy into your “something important,” that excess weight will slip away. And when you need more energy to keep working, you’ll remember to take time for food. You’ll want to eat simpler, cheaper meals, so you can spend more time and money on your “something important”; and you’ll truly want healthy foods, because you’ll seriously want good health to accomplish your “something important.” But at milestones, you’ll relish a celebratory feast—without any guilt.

If you ever think you’re tiring of the whole thing, it’s not a matter of giving up on a diet–because your focus isn’t dieting; your focus is your “something important,” your goal. If that “something” is tiresome, adjust either your goal or your method of attempting to reach it.

When you reach one goal or complete one “something important,” you’ll feel so great that you’ll set new goals and keep going—lean and strong.

If you don’t believe me, look around. In general, overweight people are unhappy and reach for food to feel good fast. Forget about food, and reach for something meaningful to do. You’ll be glad you did, and so will the people you affect.

© NPM

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In the effort to enact a balance between sharing thoughts on living, and living something about which to share my thoughts, I may not always live up to a common conception that blogging means logging very regularly or frequently.

I won’t feel guilty when I don’t post for a while, because when I’m too busy to post, I know that interesting things are happening, and so interesting posts will eventually follow.

I’m a serious blogger, not a lazy or forgetful one. This post is partly to let you know that I haven’t given up on posting, and that in fact several posts are in progress–I’m just too tired right now to think straight enough to finish any of them.

I have just completed a poem co-written with my mother, and a silly story co-written with my son. Both of these will be posted on my publisher’s website during the coming week. I’ll blog a link when they’re up.

In the mean time, YOU are also INVITED to write something with me–something which might be suitable to display on my publisher’s website as well. It could be fun! Just go to http://www.rifll.com/write.htm

I’ve also been enacting my idea that when working for the sake of others (whether for existing family and friends, or those yet un-met), one can not only get much strength from God, but also spend less time on sleep and fewer dollars on food (because one is too busy to eat so much). Consequently, heart-felt service to others (paid or unpaid) is by far both the best diet plan and best sleep aid.

…..NOTE: As in all else, proper balance is required, as too little sleep or food will render you unable to serve anyone. Too much sleep or food is a self-indulgent waste of resources, including yourself as a human resource.

I’ll see you again in a few days! 🙂