Redefining your Donut

DSCN2624This is Ms. Bay. This is her donut. Not the lard deep-fried kind, doused in sugar, but her favorite toy. She was labeled a chronic ingester as a pup, so she fit right into our family. She ate Christmas ornaments, a whole frisbee, the center island in the kitchen (not the whole thing just the corners), legos, whatever she could find when she was a pup. And she looked so innocent. Just look. (Sorry it’s crooked, scanned in and very amateur, but it’s the holidays.)

IMG_0012So we needed to find things that worked for this little princess. I started building her toy arsenal per the trainer. Only bought toys with 5 teeth marks. Then, we found the donut.

Ms. Bay LOVES her donut. When I exercise in my living room, she gets her donut and dances around, too. This morning I had this thought while watching her: What if, in using the rethinking our words blog I just wrote, we made our cookies a “run around the track?” You know, like the way Ms. Bay has come to associate her donut with activity. The technical concept is  “reframing.” What if we take those words which used to mean “fat”, and re-associate them with things that help us achieve our ideal weight and health goals? I think it’d be a fun experiment. I mean, Ms. Bay gets so much joy from her donut and has a complete association of play and exercise when anybody says the word.

While I muse, I’m going to take Ms. Bay for a walk–I mean, a cookie.

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base:
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2 Responses to Redefining your Donut

  1. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Great pick of Miss Innocent 🙂 I like the idea of reframing, how she associates her donut with play time and we too can associate our exercise time with a reward. I’ve heard the suggestion of saving a favorite CD to play only while on the daily exercise jaunt, so that helps become the carrot, so to speak. Thanks for this excellent reminder to save any new CD I may receive, or buy for myself soon, to play while outside briskly bringing my canine-kid to the park. Cheers!
    Hugs of gratitude for another inspiring post, Gina


    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Oooh, great idea, Gina! Love the CD idea. I actually do that with play lists, but I haven’t really thought of it until just reading your comment. It’s actually called “Exercise” and that’s the only time it gets played. See why we’re meant to co-exist? Together, good ideas get even better! Hugs of gratitude for your comment, Jamie


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