Not getting there on my own
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I'm stuck and I feel really lost.
I work in health care, know what I should do to get fit, but just can't seem to hit get the motivation to make a change. This feels so bizarre to me. I know how to eat right, and I exercise 4 days a week for an hour. I even exercise with a friend who helps me stay accountable.
This morning I attended a workshop that was focused on tobacco cessation--how to develop cessation programs at the workplace and getting people support for quitting. I think there are similarities between finding the motivation to quit smoking and finding the motivation to get fit.
Research shows that it takes individuals 8-11 quit-attempts before they are successful at actually giving up tobacco. It seems like I've had about a billion attempts to quit "treats" (a.k.a., sugary goodies). Another thing I learned this morning was that only 6% of people who quit smoking on their own, cold-turkey, were able to maintain for a year. That compares to a 42% success-rate for quitters that have some support.
So how do you get support? Yes, I've got my exercise buddy, but this just isn't enough. I've got a real problem with eating poorly and a single "support" isn't going to help me change that. This morning they talked about how smokers who are married to other smokers increase their success when they quit together. My hubby is definitely a sugar junky. His baking and buying habits make it hard for me to eat right at home.
I just feel like I have a lot stacked against me and it is time for me to create a support network so that I can expect success. I'm really not big into social media--I mean, I haven't written here for 2.5 years. I'm not even a regular Facebook-er either. I feel so awkward tossing this out here. Will it make a difference? How do I make on-line connections feel like "real" support? I know I need it, but I'm not sure if it will work for m.