Moderation Works against My Natural Inclination
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I AM GOING TO WORK OUT 1 1/2 HOURS EVERY DAY AND EAT PERFECTLY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND LOSE 50 POUNDS AND KEEP IT OFF FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This idea of eating healthily and exercising with moderation (instead of trying to do it all perfectly) is supposed to be what works. My gut tells me that this idea is true, but it goes against my natural inclination.
The perfectionist in me wants to be able to look back on the day and give myself a check mark only if I ate and exercised perfectly according to plan. However, my experience is that such a way of operating is not sustainable. Maybe it's taken age (I'm 40) or maybe it's taken the growth I've done over the years, but experience does confirm that I can't keep that "perfect" stuff up for very long. Oh, sure, I may be able to go several days . . . a week or two . . . but here I sit at forty years old with fifty pounds to lose STILL.
The way I can work on being more in moderation is to be willing to exercise for less than my planned time if I'm feeling low (instead of hiding from the world and not exercising at all). Also, having a bite of chocolate or movie popcorn here or there (as long as I'm not doing it every week) is probably what's going to help me lose weight and keep it off in the long run.
Working toward doing things that work.