Monday, January 28, 2013
I am a member of an online virtual running club on which I run the weight loss group. There are about 60 members of the group, all ages and sizes, all wanting to lose for many different reasons, be it a couple of stones to improve general health or a couple of pounds to improve race performance.
One of the things that makes me cringe on an almost daily basis is when members describe their actions as "being good/bad".
"I've been really good today", or worse, "I've been bad, I ate a donut".
Life is about choices. Sometimes we make poor choices. We all do, it's part of being human. But if you were driving your car somewhere and had a choice of 2 routes and picked the one that ended up with you sat in a jam, you wouldn't tell yourself that you'd been bad! You would maybe sigh to yourself and think you chose the wrong route, next time you'll go the other way.
Healthy eating is just the same. We are constantly faced with choices. Sometimes we choose the wrong route. But instead of beating ourselves up about it, we should look forward and resolve to choose differently next time. Put the bad choice behind us, draw a line, move on.
The quote from the Best of SparkPeople email I received this morning :
Coach Nancy says:
Guilt and shame only make us feel bad, but do nothing to change our behavior.
Sums it up nicely!