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Do You Suffer from Diet Rage?

Rules of the Road to Help You Reach Your Destination

After slowing down to an unexplained stop for the 147th time in the space of 2 miles, I decided that I hated the world. Surrounding me were an ocean of maddening brake lights, rain pelting the windshield and thousands of tons of steel and fiberglass flung around by a clueless pack of selfish morons who obviously didn’t know the first thing about driving!!

It was in serious danger of ruining my whole day.

Is there anything more frustrating than being bogged down in traffic? Most all of us have been there before. That discouraged, fed up feeling that just makes us want to throw up our hands in surrender or lay them on the horn.

Thankfully, I stopped muttering helplessly and started thinking instead. And I realized that I often witness another type of "road rage" – the frustration that builds on the road to weight loss: Diet Rage.

Think about your dieting history. Does it give you the same feeling as an exasperating traffic jam? You never quite get where you want to go as fast as you want to get there. You get aggravated, yell (usually at yourself), and see people in other lanes going faster than you (how do they DO that?!), and it usually ends up ruining your day.

Here’s the lesson: Getting frustrated with your diet does no more good than getting frustrated in traffic. It just makes you unhappy, unsuccessful and tense.
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  • That is a great comparison. Thanks. - 8/23/2014 3:56:29 PM
    I loved this! Honestly, I think I have scale rage. :) - 7/26/2014 2:20:50 PM
    Woow this article is just awesome.. sooo true... - 2/18/2014 2:48:44 PM
  • Great article I needed to hear that today. I want speed but I know I have to take it slow. - 5/4/2013 2:30:37 PM
  • Great article. I don't like getting on the scale but once a month or every teo months because I feel when I get on there I get stress. I eilll look back on this article. - 5/1/2013 8:28:28 AM
  • I needed this today. - 4/26/2013 7:18:05 PM
  • Loved your article! My DH suffers from both Road and Diet Rage, but he honestly has a sense of humor, believe it or not. I read your article to him. His response? "Walk to work and to fix both issues!" Ha! LOL! The analogy to "Crash Diet" is one that will surely stick with me. I've never put it together is just that way, but it is so true! Thanks for a great article and plenty to think and act upon in my journey. - 4/26/2013 9:53:23 AM
  • I think my frustration comes down to I am visually smaller, but toning has made my only goal impossible it seems...I wanted to fit clothes I have not been rid of. The scale goes down, things are visually tightening, but toning is discouraging.
    I do Tapout XT at least 5 of the 6 days, I set my meal plan at 5 days to make up for the Saturdays that usually fizzles. I even repeat a week on the chart if I feel I have not preformed at my expectations.
    So I do not put an exact date of destination arrival, I do my best, and execute things to make up for my short comings, and it isn't enough
    - 4/26/2013 9:19:27 AM
  • HARLEY643
    Yes, I want to throw the scales into the next century. I feel I am eating well but if I don't exercise constantly, WHAM, I gain 5 lbs back. It's very frustrating. - 4/26/2013 8:28:36 AM
  • A very nice analogy although if I ignore the scale I know the weight will come back. That's how I gained it in the first place. Now 3 years into maintenance I will not go back there. - 4/26/2013 8:18:58 AM
  • Don't just use a scale to measure your progress!!! Knowing your measurements and body fat % can help a lot. Example: I can stand on the scale one day and be like :'( then check my waist measurement and be like :D!!!!!! - 4/26/2013 3:37:10 AM
  • Great analogy! Thanks for the reminder. - 4/10/2013 8:03:49 AM
  • LEAN2013
    Funny - this philosophy was my 2013 resolution!!! I had a dear friend to tell me to NOT lower my standards, but to make the walls holding them up a little more flexible. Same idea, different visual imagery. Thanks so much!! - 1/3/2013 8:40:41 AM
    This is exactly what I needed this morning, because I'm still struggling with the whole "ignore the scale" thing. - 12/22/2012 7:46:53 AM
  • how interesting that this story showed up on sparkpeople today. just a couple hours ago I tore up and tossed out many "diet" books filled with hopes and dreams of weight loss. - 9/3/2012 5:14:38 PM

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