Sunday, April 14, 2013
Today's Spark Coach community assignment:
"Journal or blog about an area of your lifestyle that needs moderation. What can you do to change your attitude--and future outcomes?"
What an apt topic, considering the fact that I have just entered into the Tame Your Sweet Tooth challenge. I am clearly having trouble with moderation. In fact, I have trouble with moderation in everything I do, so it's always an "all or nothing" attitude I'm fighting. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it all the way.
Of course, we all know that's not the way to go about trying to make lifestyle changes, and it shows in my case. I am a fitness rock star, I have to be my best, you know! But when it comes to nutrition, I have the very attitude that everyone everywhere seems to warn against - I designate foods as being either good or bad, thus fostering feelings of deprivation and resentment. I also think I can "sneak in" a forbidden treat, even though nobody but me is watching what I eat; I have no idea who it is I think I am sneaking past. For example, last night I did it again! I was a rock star all day, worked out hard, ate well within my limits so that I had 100 calories to spare (from 1200) after dinner. But by the end of the day, I had added another 500 calories worth of treats. Forbidden treats. I can't just keep telling myself that it's alright, I'll make up for it in exercise the next day, because I keep repeating the same mistake, day after day. It is absolutely imperative that I get my eating under control, and learn how to eat in moderation. Otherwise I'm afraid I will be in maintenance for the rest of my life, without ever achieving my goal weight. Or worse yet, I'll deem myself a failure and quit again - that cannot happen!
But for now, I'm going to try to cut out processed sugar entirely, at least until I can get better at this moderation business. And maybe I need to find something to do to keep me busy in the evenings, and keep my mind off of food, at least until I get beyond this sugar craving thing that's doing me in.