Even though I used to peer over the anesthesiologist’s sheet while observing open heart surgeries, I’m not a big fan of my own flesh being sliced open.
For years I would get in the ocean, go for a nice swim and not think about sharks. Truly, I never thought about them…
That changed with the slew of tiger shark attacks here in Hawaii these past couple months.
My antennae are up a tad, but not too much. But just enough that I was thinking about it when I put my suit on this afternoon before a sunset swim.
When I got to the beach I was still thinking about it, mainly wondering why I was thinking about it.
Not like me.
Then at the water’s edge, as I was about to go in, a man walks by and asks, “Are you going for a swim?” to which I light-heartedly reply, “Yep!” He says, “Be careful”. “Okay, I will” I say.
I wade in and it’s a bit murky, but not too bad. I get in to my hips, secure my cap and goggles, do a little upper body stretching, arm swinging and shoulder rolling, then dive in. Ooh, water’s not too clear. But I won’t be deterred. Off I go, focusing on the stroke. It feels good. I feel strong. Yet…
I’m still thinking about sharks. Murky water. Sunset. Swimming alone. Omens.
About halfway to my usual turnaround buoy I decide it’s time to stop being a numbskull and listen to my intuition.
I quickly turn off course, swim around a moored boat, then head back to shore…
he whole time I’m communicating with the sharks from my mind telling them, “I’m not dinner. I’m not even a potential snack worth investigating.”
Now, since you’re reading this, you probably know the outcome: safe arrival on shore after a refreshing – and short! – swim.
Listening to gut instincts is a relatively new phenomenon for me.
I’ve plowed into all kinds of situations I shouldn’t have, ignoring warning signs, pretending they’re not real and things are how I want to believe they are.
Some of these decisions I’ve lived to regret.
Maybe you can relate? So…
You might be asking yourself, how does intuition about sharks relate to being lean and healthy?
Well, for starters, you get to keep exercising with two arms and two legs! And more to the point, I believe after a certain amount of experience we all sense our own danger zones, the ones that get us in trouble.
Let’s just say you have a weakness for Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice-cream.
Somehow you talk yourself into buying a couple pints anyway – “for the kids”.
Yeah, that’s a good one…
From the freezer it beckons you, night after night, until you finally give in.
You tiptoe to the kitchen when no one else is around, snatch the container and quickly polish off four servings straight from the carton. T
he thing is, you knew this was going to happen when you bought it.
Intuition, baby. Intuition.
Just think about it for a minute.
You already know your own triggers; you just have to stop pretending that they’re not real.
You don’t want to lie to yourself, it only creates trouble.
Believe me, I know!
Now the question is: Will you use your intuition and take yourself out of the danger zone, before it’s too late?
Only you know the answer to that one :)
Acclaimed author Maureen Garry is an expert nutritionist and trainer who helps women look and feel 10 years younger by getting a lean, toned and sexy waistline. Get your FREE Guide to the Top 5 Tools to have at home for simple, lasting weight loss – as featured on the Sugar Freedom podcast – here today.