Something Wild

DesertLike I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to shift my focus from active attempts at losing weight to improving other aspects of my life.

To me, wasting my energy in ineffectual attempts at losing weight is like sitting in a burning house while refusing to acknowledge the fact that I’ll soon be homeless if I don’t get up and extinguish the flames!

Even weight loss can be used as a way to avoid making difficult changes in your life.


 One of the things I crave in my life is more variety, more fun and more human contact. I’d like to be able to do something wild and adventurous once in a while. When I was musing on this I was reminded by Jonathan Demme’s 80’s movie Something Wild.

I don’t really intend to rob liquor stores or handcuff men to bed posts – at least I don’t think so – but there must be something a timid middle-aged woman can do to free her “closet rebel”. 🙂


I have a plan in mind.

In August 2012 I published a post about flexible personality which mentions Ben Fletcher’s book Do Something Different. The book contains a 28-day program for breaking the web of rigid habits that makes you psychologically less flexible*. I’ve done some of the assignments before and they were quite fun, but now I hope to finish the whole 28-day program.

The first assignment is to give up watching television for a day. Because I don’t watch much television,  I intend to give up using a computer (and watching television) for one day instead. To me that is for me that is much more radical change than giving up television for 24 hours.

I’m not sure when I will take the first step of the program because I need computer in my work, but it will be some day next week. Wish me luck!

I’m also open to suggestions for fun and adventurous things to do – provided they don’t require much money because I’m chronically challenged financially. As much as I’d like to head to New York for a week or two, that’s  not possible at the moment.

* psychological flexibility is related to body weight too – psychologically flexible people tend to be thinner than their inflexible counterparts.

P.S. Something Wild is worth watching as a movie….