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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Eating habits.
They differ greatly among people, based on age, family background, culture, profession and anything else that shapes our attitude towards food throughout our lives. But the mindset under which we make our choices as to when and what to eat puts us in four big categories.

1. The small minority of people who eat whatever they want, whenever they want and it has no effect on their scale or their body analogies. (If you think they don't exist, I'm sorry to disappoint you but they actually do. I have two, maybe three examples of people who actually prove it.)

2. Those who eat whatever they want, whenever they want and it has a huge, catastrophic effect on their scale, their body analogies and their health. But they don't care or they don't realize, even though I've always had a hard time believing this one.

3. Those who have been or have got close to category number 2 and they have decided they don't like it. So they spend their lives interchanging between periods of trying to stay away from this state - with strict, depriving diets - and periods of the exact opposite.

4. Those who have also decided they don't want to belong in the number 2 category but are trying to master another way of doing it. A life led by moderation, good choices and exercise.

I've made a fully-conscious, fully-realized and responsible decision that I want to belong to category number 4. Accepting all the challenges and difficulties that come with it.

But sometimes life gets in the way.

Sometimes we get over-burdened by many things in our life and then, all of a sudden, anything difficult, anything that requires our commitment and hard work feels like a burden, too.

And even though your mind knows that you want to be a category 4, you've felt the disastrous effects of being a category 3 and you've worked hard to stay away from category 2, your heart just wishes that you could become a category 1 just for once in your life.

And if you happen to live close to people from this category, you feel jealous. You feel tired of having to try to stay away from every food temptation they can guiltlessly enjoy.

Call it emotional eating, call it need for bingeing, call it tiredness or exhaustion from excessive effort, call it whatever else you want, it usually all boils down to one simple truth.

Something is eating you and you're trying to eat it away. Period.

This has been the case with me lately. My eating has been poor, to say the least. I've slacked with exercise (not completely, thanks to the streak that I didn't want to ruin). I've felt completely exhausted by the continuous effort. I've been trying to hide it. I've been pretending that it's not happening.

But at some point we have to be honest with ourselves.
The only one who will feel the consequences of my actions is myself.
And myself is the only one who can strike back and find a solution.

If for any reason you've found yourself on the same boat lately, stay tuned. We're about to recharge our motivation.

Starting by the most important reason to keep ourselves going.
Our progress.

Whether you've made one step or a thousand steps forward, progress is progress. And just the huge amount of effort that was required for this first tiny step is a good enough reason to keep on trying. If you think your progress is non-existent, think about this: You're here right now reading this, trying to find motivation to continue instead of following the easy road of giving up. Changes in attitude are the most important kinds of progress.

So, let's focus on the usual suspect for any off-track actions we make. Food. There are a few important things we have to remind ourselves of.

It's not what we eat. It's what's eating us.
Let's focus on the real reasons we've been derailed from our healthy habits and try to resolve them without the easy comfort of food. And if we can't find any solutions, then food is definitely not one of them.

Have you eaten some really bad stuff lately? You can hide it from everyone else but not from yourself.

There's a reason why we've chosen to stay away from this kind of food.

There is a place for junk and a place for food. Let's not mistake one for the other.

We have realized by now that our health greatly depends on what we put in our mouth. And we want to be healthy, don't we?

So, let's get rid of food we don't need.

And if you feel that you've recently been a complete failure with all of the above, there's no reason to continue being one.

Now the exercise part. Yeah, I know. When you feel you've messed up with food, how can you find the energy to work out? It's just soooo difficult!

Remember! Nobody forced you to add exercise to your life. Nobody is making you do it.
YOU are the one who decided to make it part of your life. And there are hundreds of reasons why you want to.

Nothing feels as good as strong and healthy feels. And exercise is key to this feeling.

You feel you haven't exercised for ages and you're in such a bad shape that you won't be able to achieve much? So?

I know it won't be easy. You'll probably sweat and feel out of breath and uncomfortable. But this is bearable compared to something else.

Anything counts! Even a short walk or a 10-minute workout. So stop delaying it and go do it now!

Think about the person you'll be on every next tomorrow, if you make the right choices on every today!

You'll be facing the same choices every day. And mind you! You'll find yourself on the same off-track path many times. You'll lose your way and get derailed many times. There will be days when you'll feel you're dropping down a deep, dark well. You'll be feeling the bottom coming closer and you'll have no way of stopping your fall.
Look around you! There are stepping stones everywhere. Sparkfriends, workout buddies, non-scale victories that you're proud of, streaks that you want to keep alive. Grab them and don't let go until you find yourself up on the surface again.

Is it easy? Of course not.

Does it get easier? No. Never. It will always be hard. But what isn't?

Make your own choice. And choose the one that is worth fighting for.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLOOMINGLENA 9/5/2013 6:09AM

    Thank you for inspiring and motivating me! emoticon

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GEORGE815 7/22/2013 6:28PM

    Make your own smart choices.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/22/2013 8:31AM

    This is awesome Elle! I lot of thought went into your post.
(I want to be the chick doing the one arm handstand:)

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BAKER1009 7/21/2013 8:34AM

    This is a totally awesome, super blog, Elle! Thank you for taking the time to write it, and for all the awesome motivational posters along the way. I agree with everything you wrote. I can hide what I am eating from everyone, everyone but me. I know people in category 1 as well. From experience though, it does eventually (even if another 10 years from now) catch up to them and when that point hits they have a very difficult time with the sudden change. It's sad.
As for acknowledging what we are trying to "eat away", that's the very hard part for me right now. I know what's eating at me...and I am eating right back at it, quite literally. But I don't know what to do with that whole situation, so I feel kind of stuck in the mud (or chocolate pudding). I buy all the right stuff, I usually start my day off right, but at some point I begin to lose my motivation and derail. I am sure facing the demons will work, but it's such a large demon, that I'm just unsure where to start, where to go, etc. So I'm hoping for some other miraculous miracle to come along and bring back my motivation! Hopeful... emoticon


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TINAJANE76 7/19/2013 12:53PM

    Yup, I've been #s 2, 3 and am working hard to be and stay a 4, but will probably always be a bit jealous of the #1s deep down inside. Thanks for this healthy dose of motivation and reality!

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KANOE10 7/19/2013 12:02PM

    That was an excellent excellent blog. I am going to save it so I can use it for inspiration. Every motto you had was inspirational. I like " Don't do what you want to do today, but do what you will be proud you did, tomorrow." I also like " "When a craving does not come from hunger, food will not satisfy it." That is so true.

As I maintain, I find the you do go through cycles lacking motivation..I admire you for looking for stepping stones to get back on track. You have been so successful and will continue to be successful!

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123ELAINE456 7/18/2013 7:27PM

  Awesome Blog. Love the Pictures and Quotes. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Dat. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THOMS1 7/18/2013 3:37PM

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_JODI404 7/18/2013 1:46PM

    Awesome blog!! Great pictures and an excellent one to go back to and review to renew a dimmed spark!

Sparkfriend SlimKatie has an excellent blog on the difference between Motivation and Determination. It really resonates with me! I am often not at all motivated to go to the gym when I am tired, but I am fiercely determined to maintain my weight loss. It's actually my determination to stay this size, to get stronger, to be healthy, and to not regain weight that helps me to make good choices (most of the time).


I also find when I am doing really great with my exercise, I don't want to "mess it up" with any bad food choices and undo my hard work. The food is most important, but sometimes the exercise helps make healthy food choices easier/better.

I hope you are feeling sparked and back on track!

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MICKEYH 7/18/2013 10:16AM

    What a great motivational blog!! I love all the poster. Thank you for sharing.
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ISLAMOM 7/18/2013 9:48AM

    Woo hoo!! Very wonderful blog and very inspirational!!!!

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FUNLOVEN 7/18/2013 8:38AM

    Great blog! My father is one of those #1s but I remember my mother as always being a #3. Unfortunately, heredity has given me my mother's body type. And so too much weight has always been an issue.

I think we get derailed in our healthy life style plans when life becomes too stressful. A lot of times we can't do anything about the stresses. They are just part of life. But when stress is high the new habits that we are trying to learn are the first to go because they take more effort than our old habits.

If we keep at it, some day the healthy life style habits we are working at developing will become second nature to us so when stress levels rise our habits will remain strong. Or at least that's how I hope it is going to go !

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ISHIIGIRL 7/18/2013 8:11AM

    I think your spot on. Life is hard, it is up to you to choose your hard. I especially like your analogy of eating habits. Trying to stay in category 4 is really what maintaining is all about.

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ANGELCOWBOY1 7/18/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog! Thank you, just what I needed today!

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ELRIDDICK 7/18/2013 7:32AM

  Thanks for sharing

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