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Act As If

I’m not naturally inclined to embrace a super healthy lifestyle. I’d rather sit at home and read, knit or play my piano than go out and exercise. I’d rather eat pasta and warm sourdough bread every night than lean protein and vegetables. And I’d rather drink wine than water. However, many years ago I found a shift in mindset helped me make better health choices: Act As If.

Act As If is a powerful tool. I first incorporated this philosophy when I was dancing and struggling with finding the perfect “diet.” I decided to stop thinking of myself as an overweight dancer who needed to lose weight and start thinking of myself as a lean, fit, “heath nut.” It was remarkable how quickly my habits changed from sneaking chips and overeating to only eating when I was hungry and only consuming healthy food, at least for the majority of the time. Part of what helped me was observing the habits of people I felt were really “fit.” I found that they ate slowly, they weren’t obsessed with food when it was around, and they never finished a meal.

I have managed to develop a “healthy” lifestyle, which I feel I adhere to about 80% of the time, and it’s because I keep hitting the Act As If button. I’ve been doing this since I was 18. At some point I expect that if I keep Acting As If, then one day I won’t be acting anymore and I’ll just BE.

Here are a few of my Act As If buttons that I find myself constantly rebooting:

Act As If I’m super healthy—For me, this means eating clean and exercising at least few times a week.

Act As If I’m organized—I find I have to hit this reboot button a lot… multiple times a day. It helps that my husband is super organized and tidy so my mess is definitely an eye-sore in our home.

Act As If I’m a morning person—This means planning my life so I get up early and get going even on the weekends. I feel this is important to stay on a schedule and sleep pattern so I’m not lethargic during the week when I do have to get up early.

So ~ what is your top Act As If you hope will someday become your BE? Please share below.

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Amy Erickson
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As I was pondering my own “Act As If,” a few ‘buttons’ rolled around in my mind—encompassing everything from exercise to my career—but I kept coming back to one particular “Act As If” button: Act As If I’ve Been Chosen. And, wouldn’t you know, Miss Val, you had something to do with this as well. Let me explain. My plan after college was to get a job, get married, have kids, and “live happily ever after.” Well, I graduated from college more than seven years ago, and I’m still living at home with my mama with no prospect of things… Read more »
A Renee
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This, as you so kindly pointed out, is authentic to me. I hope that others who have read this magnificent musing will search their lives for examples and, if they’ve not found one, will make it a part of their everyday lives. How to put this I’m not entirely sure. Any sort of elegant prose has escaped me in this moment, but let’s give it a try anyway. Everyday I wake up, put a smile on my face. I go to work, waving good morning to the guards from my car as I slowly motor through the parking lot, hoping… Read more »
Rebecca
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This is amazing! I can only imagine what the world would be like if we all did a little more of this. I will definitely be trying to implement this in my everyday life.

Kelli
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A Renee, first of all THANK YOU for being a civil servant! If it ever feels like a thankless job please know that there are many of us that are grateful to you. Also, thank you for being so venerable & honest in your post. I think acting as if you’re happy when you’re not is one of the hardest things to you.

@uclagymedits
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My top “act as if” is to act as if I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Sometimes I second guess myself, but if I always acted like I could do it, eventually I could do it!

gp
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My top “Act As If” would definitely have to be to act as if I love myself everyday. I struggle with this because I am a perfectionist. I catch myself critizising and judging everything I do wrong, rather than acknowledging all of the things I do right. I hope to one day find a balance, where I can ask myself what I can work on, while still giving myself a pat on the back for what I already improved on.

Lieve J Olivera
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Hey, I love this ‘ Act as If’, Miss Val!
I’d like to act ‘As If’ I’m a famous writer… Consequently I’ll be disciplined to write my daily doses.. One day I’ll BE that author….
… But I never ‘Act as If ‘ I love you, my friend Miss Val… I am being LOVE !
Thank you for sharing!

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