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The Human No Free Lunch - better explained.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ok after re-reading yesterday’s blog and some of the responses I realized that I didn’t explain myself fully. I was just trying to get the idea out there and solid before going to sleep.

Meals are not a reward in this system. It is simply that action A needs to happen before action B. There are alternatives for action A. If I get up late, I’m not going to skip breakfast. I just need to perform another positive action first (20 squats and 20 wall push-ups) before my breakfast.

If you are working this system with a dog, they must perform a desired action before receiving whatever (food, toy, praise). If you are asking for a 1 minute stay before breakfast and the dog can’t get it you don’t skip feeding the dog. You back it up a bit and make it little easier (30 sec) and then allow the dog to succeed. The dog always gets to succeed.

That is what I am getting at. No matter how simple, I will perform positive tasks before the easy/fun stuff. 10 minutes on the elliptical before playing a video game. Finish my steps before watching TV. This will keep me from saying "I’ll walk the dog after dinner", then eating and not getting off the couch. No, dog walk is first, then dinner. If I really want to hit the snooze, I know I have to do something else positive BEFORE I sit down with my coffee. Is this making any more sense? I know I am not a dog and I will not reward myself with food. However, like all creatures I have my “want to’s”. I will accomplish my “have to’s” first.

It has been too easy for me the last few days to say I’ll do it later. And guess what, I never get up and do it. So, now I have to do what I SHOULD be doing first. Have to’s before Want to’s.

This helped me last night with eating. 24 oz of water and 20 squats – I decided I really didn’t want ice cream (too cold) so I went for something more hydrating – grapes. For me this also gives me more time to think about what I’m doing and why. Walking in from work tired, I wanted to order a pizza. It is easy and can be done from the couch. New system, I have to walk the dog first. On the trail, I thought about what I had in the house and ended up with Boca with salad and corn. I didn’t even think about that before, just that I wanted dinner.

I ended up making my steps and mileage for the day. And I reached my goals in cardio, stretching, and ST minutes – that’s a first in one day (yes the shock and amazement – Kitty did ST). And I felt really good relaxing in front of the TV with my soy (which is why I was so late to blog, lost track of time watching old Dr Who).

I also wanted to explain this better in case anyone else is thinking of doing something like this. I’m NOT going to skip a meal or punish myself. I don’t punish, I exchange privileges (ask my son). I’m just making certain I do a positive action towards my ultimate goal BEFORE doing something rewarding/fun/easy.
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  • MICHELLE_391
    Gotcha! I especially like the part where you incorporate mindfulness into your meals. Pizza? Sure. Lemme go for a walk first. And then *poof*! You're free from the reaction to go-to comfort foods and back to eating well before that pizza gets ordered. I find I do my best thinking when I'm moving, and I recently ALSO nearly succumbed to the pizza. Fretting, I started to pace back and forth and talk myself down. That drove Punim nuts, so we went for a walk. When I came back, I suddenly remembered all my self-made frozen meals in the freezer.

    1966 days ago
    I understood you before, sweetie. Sounds like a good system to me! Go for it!
    1969 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Yep. *nods head* This makes sense to me--hope you let us know how it's working out! emoticon
    1969 days ago
  • LOSER05
    1969 days ago
    That is a great idea!
    I should do more of this rewarding myself type of system!
    1969 days ago
    Ah-ha! Thanks for 'splaining it to us confused ones out here! Good plan! Good job on meeting your goals too! I took it a bit easy today. Back at it tomorrow! We are more like dogs than most of us care to admit.... A warm place to sleep, food and love would keep us happy, but we need activity and interesting things to keep us healthy! Go get 'em Girl! Did you get your stuff for your next 5K?
    1970 days ago
    We have punished ourselves enough in our lifetime. Now it is time to love ourselves SO much that we want to do what is best for ourselves. Rewards, not punishment: YES!
    1970 days ago
    Makes perfect sense! Good plan.

    1970 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. I was out to the world in the afternoon yesterday so I am just getting caught up on spark. I like this concept and am doing some of these things to get my life in order. I have so far to go.
    1970 days ago
    Makes perfect sense to me. Although I don't know how you can workout before breakfast, I tried that and I just didn't have the energy. But it works for you that's awesome. I think you've found something that is really going to work well for you. Great job!
    1970 days ago
    Good idea, Kitty. I've been selling myself lots of excuses lately too. Thanks for planting this seed!

    1970 days ago
    Wonderful, makes perfect sense to me! You are always such a source of inspiration. I love to hear about how you make everything fit into your life, the postive exercises and positive rewards. Very inspiring.
    1970 days ago
    I love the system my plan is somewhat similar in that working out is a job and must be done whether i want to or not. So i think i will try incorparting your system with mine. emoticon
    1970 days ago
    I definitely "talk" to my body like it's a pretty smart animal, not only with training but reassurances. I worry about her when she's off and try to be gentle. Some folks treat their bodies like rebellious teenagers and it makes me cringe. Of course, I also treat my teenagers like pretty smart animals, that can talk and grow up to write books about you. ;)
    1970 days ago
    Ok, THAT makes more sense. I also like that idea! :) THaks for explaining more; sounds like a great way to curb the impulse eating/buying!
    1970 days ago
    I love it! Dog training as a model for weight loss - why has no one come up with this idea before?????

    But it makes perfect sense...there is a reason we make our dogs work for their rewards. I do it every day, the dog wants a treat, he has to sit or down or do something. He wants to eat, he has to sit and wait. I'm going to have to incorporate this into my every day life as well - if I want to watch TV, then I need to walk the dog first, or do situps, or something! It doesn't have to be much, like you said, but even a little something is still something!!!
    1970 days ago
    This is definitely a good system to adopt. emoticon
    1970 days ago
    I haven't read your blog from before yet (I will) but just wanted to say this works for me. I really need a push - a lot it seems before something eventually becomes "habit." In fact, I just finished cleaning, now get my coffee and sp.
    1970 days ago
  • BIGDOG1969
    You explained that very well - and if it works for you, more power to you! Sometimes, that's the little push we need to get our stuff done - a reward. Great post!
    1970 days ago
    emoticon I'm sorry! I think we were all just playing with you yesterday! I do a lot of what you're talking about myself. I have to do X amount of exercise before getting on the computer for instance, or do a couple of sets of hand weight lifting before completing a section of my needlework. I play these little games with myself all the time and think that they are a great idea! It actually sort of makes getting healthy things done more fun! It also makes it less likely that you'll "forget" to do certain things during the day.

    1970 days ago
    Makes sense to me. I already do this most of the time with walking the dog. I make sure he gets walked before I do things for myself, but I don't punish.
    1970 days ago
    WOW !! This is a great blog, and one all of us should follow. I'm with you, skipping breakfast is never good. Your body needs a jumpstart. It would be so much easier if we could be trained like our dogs. emoticon And just knowing you on SP tells me that your dogs never go without, and neither should you.
    Have a great day Kitty. emoticon
    1970 days ago
    Well I like your system. Pizza? That would mean doing something extra. (and let me tell you that sounds so good right now).
    If it gets you thinking about what effort you are putting forth - go for it!
    1970 days ago
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