From re-reading all of the articles I realized I must work on Toxic Guilt. I made myself a note of how to combat this bad habit. So often what I do is on automatic pilot. I will be listening for that voice.
Another thing I will do is work on a vision statement so when I get there I am not disappointed.
Thank you for the renewed inspiration!
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates
Pounds lost: 48.0
Fitness Minutes: (48,637) Posts: 5,422 4/22/13 8:36 P
One thing I must change in my mind is that this is temporary. This change in eating and exercising is not just for a little while until I lose weight, it is a permanent change - therefore it must be something I can live with from now on.
Second, I must be persistant and consistent to keep on doing the positive changes I have made. Exercise is important to do every day, not on a hit and miss schedule but on a consistent regular schedule.
You can throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.
YOUR Choice!!!!*************************** Stephanie in Nova Scotia
Developed vision statement: I really want to eat healthy (food is medicine) because I feel better, I want regular exercise most mornings for energy and I will resist the temptations that I have run into.
I have read all 10 steps of this article at least twice. I have a vision statement and re-read it every couple of weeks. I know this is a life style change but I still fight with myself about how much I want to eat. I have strategy plans but there are some days I throw in the towel and do two steps back and one step forward instead of the other way around. But I always track the big three - food, water and exercise so I figure I'm still ahead.
Fitness Minutes: (103,505) Posts: 21,028 4/19/13 12:55 P
Great article. I'm going on vacation next week and will be away from the site for a month. I have a plan to do well for the month, and I am committed to coming back and even stepping up my efforts when I do. I plan to start by reading this article again at that time. For now, the points that stood out to me:
1. I don't have a written vision statement, though I have put a lot of thought into my vision. I will take some time to put it in written form. 2. I want to eat in a healthy way and live a healthy lifestyle, but I often have a hard time resisting temptation. I do control it, but I could do better. The article suggests I need to put "I" in my vocabulary, meaning I have choices. I need to look at my internal motivations, not just external pressures. 3. While I am making progress, I still have problems with harsh self-criticism. It's definitely improving as I take more control, but I can be pretty harsh when I give into temptation. I probably need to build some temptation into my lifestyle and accept that it's a part of life. That way I can enjoy what I choose to do instead of beat myself up over it.
I had already read several of the articles, so I had a head start. As to what else I could do to turn diet into lifestyle, that's difficult. The article covered a lot of strategies. Right now I'm still working on dealing with cravings. I know if I deny them they get worse. I'm having some luck with postponing them out of existence (that is until I forget them), but it doesn't always work. Also, I'm trying to make myself stop and think through the consequences of action/inaction, asking "Is this necessary?", "In the long run will this make me unhappy ?", "Is there something I want more than this?" instead of just mindlessly doing/not doing a thing. I was raised on the meat and potatoes dinner with dessert to follow, better eat today because tomorrow you might go hungry, and lived a life of physical labor where it was necessary to rest if the chance presented itself. But things are different for me now and I have to realize that and adjust my thinking to fit me now, not live in the past.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.--Socrates ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*~*~*~ The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (43,531) Posts: 42 4/19/13 6:53 A
I read this article back in February and it really reinforced my resolve to make lifestyle changes instead of diet and exercise. Writing a vision statement was key, though now I can't remember it or what I did with it. This is what is known as an "experienced memory." Plotting my strategy was easy, as I am a nursing instructor and the strategy tools are basically the same critical thinking tools we use as nurses and teach our nursing students. This is a great article for anyone who is serious about making lifestyle changes.
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