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: 47.0
Fitness Minutes: (45,039) Posts: 5,217 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.
At the end of the day, be able to look back and say "I did my best today."
*************************** 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: (54,672) Posts: 14,062 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.
Barbara in Colorado on MST Blue Team “No matter where you go - there you are” “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius
Pounds lost: 11.0
Fitness Minutes: (43,450) 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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