Monday, January 20, 2014
Day 15 of the fatloser.com
video series was about monitoring and manipulating YOUR OWN emotional responses.
The problem is that we tend to overreact to the pressure and stress of any habit change.
I need to control my emotional responses to help me stay on track and get closer to or maintain my goal. It involves monitoring myself to see what I'm feeling in a given situation. Negative emotions tend to weaken my resolve to follow my logical plan. Positive emotions tend to strengthen that resolve.
The key to manipulating my own emotions is to take a negative feeling (like "I'm hungry. Poor me. I can't eat everything I want." which opens negotiations for cheating,) and reframe it into a positive feeling (such as "I'm hungry. That 's proof my diet is working! I'm getting closer and closer to my goal.")
Emotions are powerful, sometimes overwhelmingly so. They are great cheerleaders and motivators, but poor decision makers. The logical mind is not terribly exciting, it is usually calculated and accurate and makes sound behavioral decisions.
Sieblod says "Make your decisions with logic, motivate yourself with emotion and NEVER mix the two."
It's an acquired skill to know which (logical or emotional mind) is dominant at any given time and to respond accordingly. With practice I can acquire this skill and become good at it. Most people never do. I'm going to try it.