CURING CRABS. Mental-Health, Fitness, Diet and Seafood…
Onward. Bikini Body Mommy motivation time! Today I wanted to talk to you ladies about a very real social phenomenon, and the disastrous effects it can have on your mental-health, fitness, diet, and Bikini Body Mommy Transformation goals. It’s called, “THE CRAB THEORY.”As with most of my posts, there is a little story behind this one. But first the pictures …
A couple of years ago, shortly after my parents moved across the country to Maryland, the kids and I flew back to visit them at their new home. Having been born, raised, and lived in southern California my entire life, there was a whole list of things that I had never experienced — Crabbing was one of them!
Our visit was specifically timed towards the end of summer — Prime crabbing season in Maryland, and the weather was perfect. Shortly after arriving, the kids were super anxious to have grandma take them out for their first “crabbing” experience. Armed with a gigantic bucket, a net, some rope-twine, and about 10 pounds of chicken thighs — Down to the docks we went.
Both kids tied a long string of rope twine around a raw chicken thigh, and then slowly lowered the bait off the dock into the water. Laying on their bellies, they looked over the edge and waited. It only took seconds for the first gigantic blue crab to snatch the bait. The kids quickly pulled up their line, and then tossed their crab into the big open bucket that we had brought along with us! SUCCESS.
Over the corse of an hour, the kids had successfully fished the crabs out of the water so fast, that they had nearly filled the entire bucket! This is when my son, after putting his latest catch into the bucket, anxiously looked at me and said, “We need to find something to put over the top of the bucket mommy…. the ‘c-waaabs’ are going to escape!”
Here’s where the story gets interesting…
I looked down at the bucket and quickly realized that every time one of the crabs tried to make an ambitious escape, several other crabs would methodically reach up, grab the attempted escapees legs, and pull him back down to the bottom of the bucket. It happened over and over again. It was fascinating! You’d think that the crabs would realize that if one could escape, they could too! But instead they were more interested in keeping their clan in the bucket!
It is amazing how closely this reflects human nature.
When someone does something to become more successful or to better themselves, whether it is starting to workout or trying to make a conscious effort to change their nutrition habits, often times other people will subconsciously try to drag that person back down to their level to keep them from succeeding. After all, if that person succeeds how would it make everyone else who is fat, miserable, stuck-in-a-rut, and unhappy with themselves, look and feel? Instead of joining in and making the same positive changes, it’s amazing how consistent the human response to self-improvement in others, seems to mimic the crabs mentality — to drag the person back down.
How to Rid Yourself of Crabs 101:
- Who’s Ripping Off Your Legs? Surround yourself with people who will support you in your quest for transformation.
- Be conscious of who you spend your time with. Try and surround yourself with ‘positive, can do people’ because Mindset is EVERYTHING.
- Steer clear of Negative-Nancy’s. Negative thoughts can be disastrous to your progress.
- Stiffen that upper lip lady – nobody said it was going to be easy, I PROMISE though it’ll be WORTH IT!
- Take one day (heck — even one meal!) at a time, but keep your end goal in sight!
- Find a motivator – whether it’s ME or a close friend.
- Remember that this type of negativity often stems from jealousy. Don’t be too hard on those that are jealous of you because often times it’s subconscious, and they’re the ones who think you are amazing.