January 27, 2010

Behavioral Analysis

Those of you who know me well are aware of my fascination with the TV show Criminal Minds. Incredible show. I had to quit watching a few months ago when I became convinced that 43% of people I encountered in any given day were serial killers.

Anyhoo...this is the Criminal Minds team. The BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of the FBI. They specialize in analyzing criminal behaviors in order to create a "profile" so that criminals can be caught more efficiently. Spencer is my favorite. But they are all awesome.

Since I stopped analyzing every Tom, Dick, and Harry that cross my path, I have had extra time to analyze some of my own unfortunate behaviors. You know--the ones that placed me at 200+ on the scales. (Hey--the more I admit it, the less likely I am to forget it.)

You can blame it on genetics, a crummy childhood, low self-esteem, stress...whatever. These are all the types of things that might trigger bad behavioral patterns but let us note that it is, in fact, the faulty behavioral patterns that make us fat. I think I have identified the main "criminal behavior" pattern in my life.

So here it is:

1. Realize that I am called to be committed to "x" in my life
2. Gung-Ho about "x"
3. Stick to "x" until it gets boring, hard, uncomfortable, etc.
4. Quit "x"
5. Time passes with no commitment to (and usually stray far, far from) "x"
6. Repeat items 1-5
7. Repeat item 6, indefinitely

Wouldn't it just be easier (in the long run) to:

1. Realize that I am called to be committed to "x" in my life
2. Stick to "x" even when it gets boring, hard, uncomfortable, etc.
3. Repeat 1 and 2 everyday through prayer, determination and by the grace of God

Yes, I think so.

Note: I used "x" because I can apply many things other than a healthy lifestyle to this equation: daily reliance on the Lord, keeping my house in order, being consistent with my children's discipline, etc.

In keeping with the Criminal Minds theme, I will leave you with a poignant quote:

Paul (from the Bible) once said, "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14


Stacey at Living by Faith said...

Ditto DItto and another Ditto for me! I like your 'easier in the long run plan' especially #3. Prayer and relying on God is what is going to help me repeat #1 and #2 on the toughest of days.

mdavis said...

Keelie, these posts are too good. You are just motivating me by what I read here. Keep up the good work.
Love, M

Red Writing said...

Thanks, M. I am feeling motivated as well. I love the media of blogging to journal...

Jen said...

Wow, ditto! I just love reading your blog and I could just cut and paste that list over to mine. Thanks for writing from the heart.

Minnesota Mami said...

Hi! Found your blog through the linky at Scale Junkie...and WOW can I relate to this post! Your analysis of YOU very accurately could be an analysis of me...I took a good challenge away from this post...thank you! Check out my weight-loss blog at http://makingoverme.blogspot.com