Saturday, September 27, 2014
I like Star Trek. I like it too much. Each evening I have been watching Voyager and snacking mindlessly while watching. This consistently sabotages my diet. It consistently gets me to bed too late with the result that I don't want to get up the next morning and run to the gym. This is not the kind of consistency I want to achieve! So I'm going to take a one week fast from it. I'm going to break the habit that is keeping me from my goals. So on to the consistency I want to achieve!!!
Monday, July 14, 2014
I have done well on my journey to healthier living. I've made a number of positive changes in my life which are paying off. I reached my goal weight after losing 50 pounds and for the most part kept it off for a year. But lately I've been slipping. I have not stayed consistently focused on my goals and one of the maddening consequences is that I have gained some weight back. I am still much lighter than I was when I started this journey. However, I had achieved my goal weight and I want to be at that weight and stay there! Spark people has taught me how to lose weight and keep it off. So the problem I've had lately is not a lack of know how. I know how. The problem is the fact that I've not been doing what I know how to do and want to do.
I decided to review the spark coach 90 day program and I'm finding that to be incredibly helpful. I'm picking up on some pointers I missed the first go around. In particular, I realize I need to work on being a more effective coach for myself. Spark Guy speaks about the importance of positive self-talk and seeking out motivational moments. Re-training my mind to make simple statements to myself such as "come on, you can do this" vs. "what an idiot, look how you messed up again" are important to keep me from feeling hopeless and depressed. Motivational moments like intentionally listening to inspiring music, stories, and quotes and getting outside into nature all help empower us to rise up to the challenge of meeting our goals.
Along this line I found this helpful quote from a spark people article: "...getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equally important is your ability to support yourself. In fact, if youíre not the loudest and most active member of your own fan club, your chances for long-term success will be pretty low. Other people may help you get started or keep you going on those inevitable bad days. But you are the one who has to be there for yourself each day when itís time to make the right decisions to reach your goals." http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motiva
I have to be there for myself. I needed to hear this. I have been my own worst enemy lately. Well, that's going to change.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
It occurred to me that temptation functions a bit like bait on a trap or fishing hook. A worm is dangled on a hook. A bit of cheese is placed on the mousetrap. If the bait weren't desirable the trap wouldn't work. I am amazed by my mind's ability to focus in sharply on the bait and put completely out of focus and out of mind the trap into which the bait is leading me. I am aware of the trap but I push thoughts of it aside. For example, one of my weaknesses is Mexican food and specifically the chips and salsa delivered to the table. Are the hot spices and creamy condiments and crunch intensely luring - yes. I am alone on this occasion and I eat all chips every one, loving the salsa, and then the entire meal - enough for three or four people truth be told. Did I enjoy it - of course I did and yet not so much. Enjoyment was diminished by the knowledge that I was wrecking my diet in ways that would take days to recover from. Yes there was awareness of this consequence in the back of my mind but I chose not to dwell on it. After the meal however the discomfort in my stomach which lasted through the night reminded me constantly that I had fallen for the trap. I could have brought two thirds of that meal home and enjoyed it much over a longer period of time. I could have stayed within my calorie range and gotten much more enjoyment out of it this way. The question for me to reflect on is what are the mental conditions and emotional needs that cause me to override my awareness of traps like this and pursue what I know full well doesn't and ultimately can't bring satisfaction. What I desire is a consistent awareness, focus on, and desire for choices that will truly satisfy. I must not let myself get fooled into thinking that the bait is what will satisfy. Bait is a deception. Its purpose is to deceive and lure one into trouble. I want to stay alert to any deception stirring in my mind. I want to choose each moment what will make me feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy and content. To do that I need to stay alert and name the deceptions for what they are, and get on with enjoying life.
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