Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The idea that we will have to be diligent the rest of our lives is overwhelming. I think this makes it important that we be really clear about what we want and why we want it, so that under pressure we will remember why we're fighting for it.
We need to always be AWARE of the kinds of roadblocks, opportunities for failure, etc., that are specific to each of us. We need to be able to plan ahead, to watch for and avoid pitfalls. We also have to know, deep in our hearts, why we are WORTH THE EFFORT -- so that we don't give up in bad times. Self respect.
If we are ever to overcome our bad habits and permanently adopt the new and healthy lifestyle we all aspire to, we have to really clearly, deeply understand why we are overweight and how we got that way. This will allow us to make changes that make sense to each of us.
For me, Christmas reminded me once again, that when I let my guard down, I will overeat. Every time. I need to KNOW that, and plan for it. Work around a big meal, a night out on the town, a social event. The second half of the plan? SNAP RIGHT BACK into the healthy eating routine. Six hours off plan is far, far better than 60. Plan ahead.
KNOW your weaknesses. KNOW where you will find them. Decide in advance how you will deal with them. You like mini-quiches? Pick the best one on the plate -- not one of each. Be choosy!
Plan, plan, plan. I hate planning food more than anything, and it is a huge reason I am overweight. To me, food is a comfort, and in my busy life, that delicious flavour in my mouth was the one thing I did not want to monitor/measure and control. And look where that has gotten me. I am very, very fortunate that I do not yet have diabetes. That I can still walk significant distances (far more slowly than in the past, however).
I need to SUCK IT UP and own the fact that what comforts me is a very unhealthy practice. I need to ask myself what else there is that brings me joy and satisfaction (and there are lots of things. My life is rich). I need to GET that food cannot be a mindless source of comfort. Mine is a harmful practice. And I need to live my life from that base of knowledge.
Who are you, and why are you special? (Detailed list, please:))
What are the behaviours and responses that have made you overweight?
When are you most vulnerable? Be aware.
Where are your downfalls? Be aware.
Why do you eat other than for fuel? Be aware.
KNOW these things, plan ahead, and you will OWN your future!