Thursday, October 14, 2010
Recently, I have been reading a many blogs throughout the Fall 5% Challenge membership. I see several patterns developing which lead me to reiterate the difference between want, desire and motivation. We all face the struggles of day-to-day living and coping with the frustrations and stresses of life.
As an emotional eater, I must hold fast to what I know to be true. Food is fuel and nutrients, nothing more. When I find myself distressed, I must slow down and ask why am I doing something, particularly eating. A nibble here and handful there and voila, I will be ten to twenty percent over my daily allotment of calorie intake. So, I must arm myself with mechanisms not centered around food. In fact, I must not center anything around food. This may not seem hard to many sparker out there. From my persepective this challenge is difficult.
Yesterday, I went through about 1000 photographs of my family. I was surprised to find food at the center of many of the pictures. Of course, the pictures were of holiday events, gatherings, and parties. Nonetheless, there appeared to be a theme through 80 percent of the photographs – i. e. without food, there is no fun, comfort or family. It was hard to detach myself from these pictures to derive that anthropological fact. My, what a shock.
I already knew this problem to be true in my life. I just never suspected two entire generations to fall prey to this insidious trap. I want, no I desire to be 167 pounds and have a pain free life. Motivation will not get me from 232 down to 167 pounds. Those 65 pounds have no care, feeling or concerns about this desire. They are determined to stay put at all cost. I am bound and determined that they will not. I will win this war, albeit I may lose a battle or two along the way.
These thoughts represent the difference between motivation and determination. Desire is a deep feeling that overshadows your life. When you are tempted by snacks, Halloween treats, candy dishes, birthday cakes and other fineries, remember to ask yourself a question or two. Whatever works for you is the right question. Mine are: 1) Did I plan for this treat, 2) Will it taste as good as thin feels, and 3) Given everything else in your life, is it worth it? Stay focused on what you want.
Be at Peace