Monday, February 25, 2013
Okay, I confess, that is one of my favorite Patti LaBelle songs! But seriously, what I've discovered this past week while I searched around for a new eating plan is that a new eating plan was not the issue. It never has been.
I mean, c'mon. I've spent more hours researching nutritional and medical information than physicians do, so I have all the knowledge I need. I know what is good for me to eat and what is not, and how much. Do I follow that knowledge? No.
So the problem, then, is not a new eating plan, or some new trick or technique or diet. The problem isn't even the food. Never has been. The problem isn't the weight or the scale or how often to weigh. The problem is not one of "weight management." My weight manages just fine on its own, thankyouverymuch. Too well, in fact.
So coming up with a solution, a real solution, eluded me because I identified the real problem incorrectly.
Let me specify that this is what I have discovered about myself. MY problem is not necessarily your problem, if you know what I mean. For you, it may be a matter of finding the right eating plan or exercise routine or guidelines for snacking. So find what works for you, and I will applaud you the entire way.
My main problem, though, centers in my mind. Not in my food or my eating plan, but my mind. Trying this diet or that eating plan or such and such a book for weight loss is like taking a hammer to my toe when I have a headache. It may take my mind off the headache only to focus on the toe ache, but it does nothing to solve either issue--neither the headache nor the self-inflicted toe ache.
The problem comes down to will. Or call it will power. Or even won't power, as in I won't eat that XYZ food item. I don't have it. I may seem to have a bit of control now and then. Each new eating plan brings a bit of newly found control, for awhile. But sooner or later, there it goes out the window.
So the problem is clearly in my mind, not in the food. And that means that I can now find a clear solution. Part of that solution is knowing that it was never about the food, or the diet, or the eating plan. Lack of power and will, that is my problem. And for that, I need a solution.
So, I firmly believe I am on the right track.