Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Don't settle for medium term goals like losing weight for the summer or an event, feeling better, impressing other people, playing better, etc. These goals are good, but there is something much larger in store when you overcome food addiction. Long term motivators such as not suffering from chronic disease down the road, preventing dementia, stopping a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease, preventing a stroke, or not living a life crippled in later life. These are the real payoffs that most don't think of as often when planning on losing weight.
I have found the older I get that I wish I had paid heed to the nutrition and losing weight much sooner. It is never too late though. All of the medium term goals are short lived, but the long term goals listed above can enable you to enjoy a long life and to be an active participant in life until the end. There is nothing wrong with the medium term goals but I think the long term motivators are much more motivating. Long term goals will also be a reminder of the need to keep vigilant even in maintenance so one doesn't regain the weight as often happens after the event you lost for.
By nourishing the good habits you can win. You can become the person you want to be. Dr. Furhman suggested shaping yourself biochemically as you supply the right nutrients to your body. It does matter what you eat. Don't settle for empty calories even though you might be under your calorie allowance. Each time you eat fill your plate with food full of nutrients. Your body will thank you for it.
Take control of your thoughts and emotions and you will take control of your life. Don't let the addictive behavior win. Feed the good habits and starve the bad ones. You will become stronger and stronger as the days and years progress.
Dr. Furhman says the most important step is the first one and then steadily perservering in a course of action to get results. That is the behavior that will get you there.
Be consistent. The repetition of the right behaviors creates brain muscle memory which becomes second nature like learning a sport. I like to think of turning your eating behavior into a sport. When learning a sport you continue to strive until you get where you want to be. It takes practice and consistency. You have to want to succeed in the sport and work until you get there.
Don't let your attitude be derailed by not getting immediate results. It took a long time to get where you are and it will take time to get to the new goals. There will be minor setbacks and jogs in the progress. When this happens start right back up and continue. You must be prepared to work for results over time. As you work it gets easier and easier and the results of your previous efforts are magnified as you feel the results of your work.
Tomorrow I will conclude this series of blogs on overcoming food addiction with a summary. After that I will blog once or twice a week on pertinent subjects. Blogging every day is taking more time than I can afford in my schedule right now so I have to cut down. I just wanted to share the valuable advice I got from Dr. Furhman's seminar all at once.
I want to end this blog today with a quote from a fellow Spark member, FROGGY333 who lost 117 pounds that I found yesterday in my Spark reading. I think what she said gives a strong taste of how it feels to meet those long term goals. I plan to post this quote in my exercise room as a reminder of where I am going. I want that feeling also. The quote shows someone at the top of their sport. The quote is below:
"I am prouder of myself than I ever have been before. Prouder than the day I graduated high school. Prouder than the day I got my college degree. Prouder than the day I got a promotion. And why? Because I always knew I could do those things. But losing weight? That was something I never thought I could do. But I did do it. And that feeling of accomplishment--more than just how I look--boosts my self-esteem more than I ever could have imagined."
If you would like to read the rest of her blog on Spark Blogs it can be found at
I can guarantee her story is well worth reading. You will not be sorry you did.