The Satisfaction Puzzle

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I'm struggling to stay on track this Fall. There are a lot of factors, and I thought I'd list them here.

1. I love all the pumpkin donuts, munchkins, and other Fall treaties. It's very hard to resist.

2. I'm basically satisfied with my shape/size right now. I can wear most of my "skinny" clothes. I'm comfortable and that leads me to complacency.

3. Two weeks ago I stayed on track all week and maintained. Last week, I ate too many donuts, cookies, crackers, and other treats and maintained. Where's the reward for being good and/or punishment for being bad?

4. I'm walking home from work these days (about 2.5 miles), and that leaves me less motivated to work out.

#2 is most challenging. I like what I see in the mirror. I like catching a glimpse of my reflection in windows. I feel good, my bp is excellent (a little low, actually), and my weight isn't stopping me from doing what I want to do.

So why keep going? Why keep aiming for another 20 pounds? Why not be content?

1. I still have clothes that I want to wear that are too tight.

2. Metabolism and weight can be even more of a challenge after menopause. I want to enter menopause with good eating/exercise habits.

3. Even 20 pounds overweight can have negative health affects. I want to stay healthy so I can stay active, physically and mentally.

4. I still am very vulnerable to binge eating, especially with certain trigger foods. I need to keep a goal in mind to help prevent/limit binges.

Funny that I list clothes first! I never knew I was such a clothes horse!

#4 will always be a challenge, whether I'm trying to lose or maintaining. Avoiding triggers is the best strategy. I don't know if I'll ever be able to have *a* cookie and not want to eat the whole box. Recognizing triggers for what they are helps. If I look at a donut and want it, it helps to say to myself, "that's not just a donut. It's a trigger, and eating it will not satisfy you. You will keep eating eating, even though you're not hungry."
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    I love your honesty. I thought of you this weekend when I was cleaning my disaster of a living room.
    1996 days ago
  • BILL60
    Good analysis. Now, use that analysis to stay on course. Te best to you and congrats on your success.
    2027 days ago
    Good for you at identifying what's going on--that's half the battle right there! You might want to check out the At Goal and Maintaining & Transitioning to Maintenance team here on SparkPeople. I hesitated joining it because I would still like to lose a few more pounds, but I'm so glad I didn't wait. There is so much good information there, and a lot of support for those of us who are finishing up the weight loss portion and starting to think about how to keep it off for good.
    2028 days ago
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