Why Mother Goose Never Had a Weight Problem

little-mother-goose  My last post was all about how feeling good about your weight loss efforts is actually more important than the efforts themselves.  Quantum physics tells us so.  So now the question begs, “How can I feel good about my weight loss efforts?”

Want to Hear a Story?  Sure You Do; You’ve Been Telling Them to Yourself All Day, After All

To start feeling good enough about your weight loss efforts, and to begin experiencing the weight loss that has been eluding you, the first step is accepting a simple, yet profound, premise.  This premise will make sense, I’ll bet, on a logical level, yet may prove challenging to apply when the “rubber hits the road”.

What I mean by that last statement is that when you are faced with your familiar, old, bugaboos (those experiences that have repeatedly caused you difficulty and challenged you), you will be tempted to revert to your “old habits” (even if you agree with the premise I’m about to reveal).

The premise is as follows.  Please read very carefully:

Nothing, no person, place, thing, or experience, comes to you in a pre-existing state of “good” or “bad”.  It is only the story you tell yourself (the meaning and value you give it) which makes any person, place, thing, or experience “good” or “bad” for you.

What Do You Mean, Nothing is Bad or Good Except for What I Choose to Call It?  Are You Saying I’m Responsible for Feeling Bad About Bad Stuff?

This premise is powerful and offers great freedom.  It can also be easy to dismiss because, when encountering it for the first time, it’s easy to think, “Does this mean that I am the one who is creating all these ‘bad’ feelings and experiences?  That can’t be right!”  Freedom can sometimes feel like a double-edged sword, can’t it?

Once you embrace this premise, however, you will begin to see that you are truly the author of your daily life experiences.  You are choosing the stories (the meaning and value you assign) you tell yourself about every person, place, thing, and experience in your life.  Even though you are encouraged by “conventional wisdom,” and the fact that (seemingly) “everyone else tells the same story”, you are the one and only person who can make something “good” or “bad” for yourself.

If You Can Show Me the “Rulebook” Which Says I MUST Feel Bad About Certain Things That Happen, I’ll Be Glad to Start Doing It

Where is it written that certain people, places, things and experiences must be called “bad”?  And, conversely, where is the rulebook which says that certain people, places, things and experiences must be called “good”?  There is no such rulebook – only what we’ve been taught, what we’ve read, and what we see everyone else doing!

You are free to start telling yourself different stories about the things you are doing right now.  Especially regarding your weight loss efforts.  In my next post I’ll start to discuss how to do that.  Stay tuned…

Why You Should Stop Using Internet Explorer if You Want to Lose Weight

kim-kardashian-quantum-physics  You’ve been patient (and, I trust, interested) in reading about paradigms (and science) and how you can use them to lose weight.

Let me address the topic of “how” you can use new paradigms to lose weight.

Here Are the Keys to a Bright, New, Shiny, 500 Horsepower Paradigm!

First, as I’ve stated in this blog, a new paradigm like holism will allow you to lose weight.  Much more effectively than the paradigm holism replaces: the machine paradigm.

It might help you to think of your paradigms as the web browsing software you use.  Every day you visit a vast array of websites, for personal, business, and entertainment purposes, and they are all distinct and unique.  But your web browser (whether Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or any other you might use) is always the constant framework for all the websites you visit, providing the structure for their use and display.

You might not even realize this, but a website often looks and functions completely differently in different web browsers.  The web browser you use presents the web sites to you in a certain format and provides you with unique web surfing options (which are different from other web browsers) while browsing the Internet.

Who Has the Time or Inclination to Think About Stuff Like Paradigms?  I’ve Got Laundry to Do!

You probably don’t ever think about which web browser you use because you are accustomed to it and it is familiar to you.  You wouldn’t really ever have any reason to think about which web browser you use either because the one you use works just fine for you – you get to the web sites you want to visit and you’re able to do everything you want to on the Internet.  Why would you think about it?

But what if your web browser didn’t work for you anymore?  What if you weren’t able to visit the web sites you wanted to go to, what if you couldn’t purchase the items on the Internet you wanted, or what if you could no longer do the things you wanted to on the Internet, like being unable to connect with friends via email or social networking sites?

Your first thought might be to tinker and experiment with the particular websites you’ve been using.  But what if, no matter how many different websites you tried, you still couldn’t do the things you wanted to on the Internet?  You might consult a tech-savvy friend and that friend might tell you something like, “The web browser you’re using is too limited; you should install Google Chrome (for example) and start using it to surf the web.”

Your learned friend, it turns out, would probably be correct.  If you followed her advice, you would have to go through a slightly awkward adjustment period where you became accustomed to the new ways that Google Chrome worked and got familiar with the new format.  But, once you were familiar with the new web browser, you would realize that the slight inconvenience of learning the new ways of operating it was worth it because you could now do all the things you want to on the Internet.

So Paradigms Can Help Me Get On-Line?  I Can Drop My Internet Service Provider?

That is exactly how paradigms work.  If you replace “web browser” with “paradigm” in the previous example, and replace “do the things you want to on the Internet” with “lose weight”, you will have a good illustration of how a new paradigm will work for you.  In the previous example, the “websites you’re visiting” can be replaced with “your weight loss plans and programs.”  Just like using a new web browser would suddenly allow you to do exactly what you want to on the Internet, with new paradigms you’ll find that your weight loss efforts suddenly become super effective.

If you’re like me, you’ll even find that with new paradigms, your weight loss efforts become more effective than you were originally promised!

Because, if you’re reading this blog, your “web browser” (of course, I am referring to your “paradigms”) is not allowing you to “use the Internet” (and, of course, I really mean “lose your unwanted weight”) the way you want.  It’s time to consult your “tech savvy friend” (in this case, I am really referring to my book,  Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat, and this blog) and get a new “web browser” (once again, I really mean “paradigms”) so that you can “do what you want on the Internet” (again, “lose your unwanted weight”).

Your old paradigms have failed you in your continued quest to lose your unwanted weight (and you’ll soon learn why…hint – don’t blame yourself because it’s not your fault) and it’s time for new ones (which you are about to learn and are infinitely more effective)!

Why Your Body is Not a Machine and Can’t Be “Fixed”

healthy body  “Okay”, you’re saying, “enough with the back story.  Tell me how I can lose weight with new paradigms.”

No problem.  Let’s start.

Isn’t My Body Just a Big, Organic Machine?  It Has “Parts”, Doesn’t It?

What I’ll write about can be applied, by the way, to solve many other challenges you face, but let’s focus on losing weight for now.  I’ll address solving other issues at later dates.

In my last blog post, I described the four main paradigms which arose from the first scientific revolution and have been adopted by the industrialized world.  The first one I mentioned is the machine paradigm.

The machine paradigm was adopted because the science of the first scientific revolution showed us (inaccurately, it turns out) that everything in our universe could be broken down into smaller components.  And all those components work to serve the larger entity they comprise; the smaller components have “jobs” and their jobs are all related to the maximum function of the larger “machine”.

You Mean I’m Not Just a Calorie-Burning Mechanism That Simply Needs Retuning and Better Fuel?

Think about how this paradigm is present in weight loss.  You have been taught to think of your body as a machine.  Your machine (your body) needs the proper fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise) to function properly.  If your machine is not functioning properly, all you need to do is correct your fuel and maintenance problems and it will be “fixed” (you’ll lose your unwanted weight).

Carrying the machine paradigm further, you have also been taught that the “parts” of your machine (your body) are all working in predictable fashion and will respond in predictable ways to changes in your fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise).  If your machine isn’t fixed, your fuel and maintenance changes must not have been the proper ones to make.

But I’ll bet you haven’t found these things to be true in your weight loss efforts.  Most of us haven’t to be sure.  And this paradigm offers you only one option when you find that your changes haven’t worked: since your body is supposed to respond to changes in fuel and maintenance (that’s what the diet promised you, after all), you must seek out new changes to make!

I Always Wondered Why My “Machine” Always Seemed to Be in the Shop!

Does it make sense that, because Americans have found diets and exercise programs to be ineffective, bookstores are literally flooded with new diet books?  Every magazine, too,  screams headlines offering you the next miracle diet which will finally end your quest to lose your unwanted weight.  Within this paradigm, a constant flow of new diets and exercise programs is a must!

Rest assured, a good diet and regularly moving your body are important things.  These recommendations are not wrong.  But the paradigm within which you’re enacting these recommendations is wrong!

Quantum physics shows us that the machine paradigm is 100% wrong.  The smaller parts of larger things do not exist to serve the functioning of the larger entity.  And they most certainly do not function (nor respond to changes) in predictable fashion!

Put the Machine in the Junkyard and Begin Thinking  of Yourself as a Big Group of Voluntarily Cooperating Free-Agents

The machine paradigm has been replaced by a new paradigm (which will eventually become the “conventional wisdom” of the 21st Century because it is truly reflective of how our universe functions).  You might not be using this new paradigm yet, but your children (and grandchildren) will.  But you don’t have to wait until this new paradigm is universally accepted and used; you can start using it right now to lose your unwanted weight!

The new, accurate paradigm which quantum physics has given birth to is called Holism.  Holism says that the smaller parts of larger objects (like your body) are whole systems in-and-of themselves.  And these smaller systems function independently (and sometimes even in opposition of) the larger “thing” they comprise.

So how can adopting holism help you lose your unwanted weight?  In my next blog entry I’ll tell you a story about how your body functions that will probably amaze you (as it also illustrates holism in action).  Stay tuned…