Self Deception - Lies we tell ourselves and believe

Friday, January 21, 2011

I am winging this entry and may not get to my goal of identifying 5 lies I have convinced myself that are true in just one posting...but I'm going to give it a try to get this goal met. This week one of my 3 goals was to identify 5 deceptions I have trained myself to belive. My "NO EXCUSES" group had a guest speaker talk at our last meeting and the thing that hit me the hardest was identifying the lies we tell ourselves/myself.

Lie #1. I can do this (weight loss) by myself. Nope, Notta, Doesn't seem to work for me. Without me accounting to someone, I can convince myself of anything I want. I can restart over and over, I can cheat, I can put "it off", I can be too tired, I can have "just one more". I obviously dont have control over myself at all times like I have control of everything else in my life. I really need tools (food/nutrition logs), water, family support, and friends that push me to make good decisions and not to get sidetracked with things I have no control over.

Lie #2. I don't have time to exercise the regularly. I have let my fitness really decline after I worked very hard to get my body in long distance running shape. Geesh....I wish I could go back to that time and keep the regression from occuring because it took so much regular effort to get me to that point. Now, I have this thought in my mind that it will take too much time and too much effort to get "fit" again. WHAT??? What am I thinking?? I know better....but man, it sure sounds good on a cold night after work or climbing out of a warm bed. Granted, I don't have alot of "down time" but I have room to add more movement to my life and actually, I believe that my lack of having a goal/adventure in mind has made it easier to be distracted from regualar workouts. I need to commit to a few challenging events and commit to a moderate term goal and go for it! When did I become so complacent?

Lie #3. I can say no and mean it to any food at any time. Again.....Not me! Depending on mood, stress, fatigue etc. I can fall victim to my addictive personality and drown myself in my drug of I am not a person who can confidently have a small serving of most carbs, especially any of my favorites, and be able to stop there. I fool myself all the time with "nearly invisible" slivers of leftovers/pumpkin pie/potato chips/cheese/red velvet cake/ - fill in the blank-. I think that no one will notice....well not until it becomes 2/3 of the pie, or 3/4 of a bag and then the sin is too obvious to everyone else that I have to get rid of the evidence by throwing it away or giving to the dog get the drift. Funny thing is...the only person this really hurts is me and the only person that really gets lied to is me. I have kno acknowledge that there are some things I just cannot "play" with and trust that I can stay in control.

Lie #4. I am not worth the effort. Yeap, this is a biggy that bounces around when I think of all the people that have let me down and the loss of feeling unconditional love through life events. I listen to the old tapes in my head that say I am lazy, selfish, manipulative, worthless, not good enough, disappointing, and unlovable. My head knows this isn't true, but my heart doesn't always process what my brian knows. I fear failure and failure makes all these things in my head appear to be a self fulfilling prophicy. I am afraid of proving these thoughts right.

Lie #5. If I cant do this perfectly, then I fail. (see number 4). I put som much pressure on myself to have to do "it" perfectly and hold myself to a higher standard than I would expect from anyone else, then when I fall short...the internal tongue lashing begins and is done and said in ways that I would NEVER allow another person to treat another. However, it's quite OK if I talk to and treat MYSELF this way. Damn....that takes ALOT of energy and of course since it's not possible to be "perfect", failure is inevitable. I think this lie and lie #4 may be best addressed with journaling/prayer/bible study....and maybe even fasting. I want to look into the role of fasting in some of these lies I tell myself.

I know there are MANY more lies....I want to mindfully look at my behavior and choices and see where the lies come into play. I want to analyze why they are present, what they are and what I want to do about them.

Alright...enough for now!

Keep the momentum going!


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    Wow ! Alot to think about.... I have always known I look up to you as a leader and best friend. Now I know why . You are the most honest person in my life and caring for us girls and how encourging to be healthy for life and stop lying to ourselfs!God puts many people in our lifes and i'm glad he put you and the no excuse girls in it !!!! Let's go team we can do it !!!1 emoticon
    3359 days ago
  • SRH06301
    Stephanie, You are the " Top Tuna ", for such a great reflection. I really need to read this over again to really digest(and I will) So you had a crappy week in some areas...but you shine in personal strength and reflection this week. This blog sounds like great discussion for Tuesday!
    3363 days ago
    Wow! it's my first time stopping here and love reading your blogs! I agree some much with you, I could also have written those words. I'll certainly read this again and again!!

    Congrats on your weight lost!

    A fellow gastric bypass sparklers!
    3364 days ago
    I totally identify with 4 out of 5 of these goals. They are exactly what I would have written. (But mine would not have sounded so good.) I am glad you posted this is makes me want to really think about the things I lie to myself about.

    thank you for all your support and getting this group together. I really think we will all end up with life long bonds. Thanks for believing in us! We believe in you!
    3364 days ago
  • CATLADY_56
    You are going to do great now that you know where you struggle. Putting a name to these things removes their power. You know where you have to draw you line to avoid eating too much of the wrong thing, or becoming a couch potato. You will do great!
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    3365 days ago
    Great blog. # 3 is my big lie. God how I struggle with this! It is nice to see I am not the only one. I can't start eating that which I will have trouble stopping eating. I won't have just one! I won't just have the serving size! I will continue to eat it until it is gone. I just have to be truthful with myself about that. Thanks for reminding me!!! emoticon
    3365 days ago
  • BOWEN22446
    Sounds to me like you have beat 1/2 the battle, you have identified the issues and now that they are out there you can work on them. The thing is even wnen we get these lies under control they will always be right there in our minds ready to come forward in our weak moments. Great job!
    3365 days ago
    Great blog. You are so more self aware than I am. Will need to re-read a few time to digest it all.
    3365 days ago
    Excellent blog. We ALL suffer from one or all of these LIES... #3 and #5 are the biggies for me.

    Let's go forth today and REFUSE to let those lies be the boss of us! We really ARE worth it!!!!
    3365 days ago
    Talk about hitting the nail on the head!

    It can be SO easy to slip down into this deadly rabbit hole...!

    Going to save these as reminders of some crucial early warning signs and prime examples of "stinkin' thinkin'"!

    3365 days ago
    Wow! This is powerful stuff. I'm going to have to re-read this a few times...because it's all hitting home for me. I'm tired from a big day...and need to really look in the mirror while reading it. Thanks so much!
    3365 days ago
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