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I think the delayed gratification is a part of changing eating and lifestyle habits, but only a first step. Like the person before me said, portion control is key, but there is also a lifestyle change that comes with losing weight. For me, once I started eating healthfully and really focusing on my well-being, I just plain didn't want junk food anymore. Take Doritos, for example, I used to be able to power through a bag, but now I just read the label and think "no way I'm eating that, I can't even pronounce half of the ingredients." It's crazy, what used to be intense cravings for junk food that would turn into horrible binges, now is just complete disinterest. That has been the most important part of me changing my weight, by far. I am now a certified veggie and fruit eater who gladly chooses produce over processed food :D
But you'll be able to push through this time of cravings and feeling like the pizza that is in front of you is way better than the health and wellness [seemingly] far off in your future. Just remember that you are a beautiful person, regardless of what size you are, and everyday you spend moving towards your weight loss goals is another step in the process of becoming a stronger you. :) Best of luck, stick with it!
I don't look at it as delayed gratification at all. It's more a matter of changing your perspective on what it is that gratifies.
Why can't you have delicious pizza now? Just change your sentence from "have this delicious pizza" to "have a slice, maybe two, of this delicious pizza." You don't have to give it up, just control your portion sizes.
I think you're right on the money on delayed gratification. It can be tough, but it's so worth it.
I have mixed success with choosing the long term goal, too. I think you're definitely on the right track.
Ideas from a very imperfect Sparker:
*Never forget that each choice you make is an opportunity to help you reach your ultimate goal: Drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables, counting calories, exercise. All of these things in little steps work together to create something awesome.
*Never forget that everyone makes choices that they'll later regret. We've all been there and you're not alone. Share your experiences with others that support your goals.
*Get in the habit of asking yourself "What do I want" before making choices (snacking, fast food, exercise). Do you truly want the short term or the long-term item? I think it's just as much about "getting into a habit of pausing before you choose" as it is about the actual choice you make. You become more mindful.
*Embrace the journey to the new you.
*Keep your goals in front of you or keep motivational quotes in front of you.
*Surround yourself with people who will unconditionally support you in this.
The more I think about this weight loss malarkey, the more I convince myself that it is just the ultimate exercise in delayed gratification. Like, I can have this delicious pizza now, or I can have the body of my dreams in one month, six months, one year, six years.
I find that I have very mixed success with choosing the long term goal over the short term impulse. Does anyone have any ideas on the best way to sacrifice present day urges to satisfy longer term dreams?
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