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Make it Hard to Fail

Friday, March 29, 2013

I have read in several blogs, "Make it easier to make healthy choices than it is to make unhealthy ones."

That goes along with what Dr. Judith Beck says, early in The Beck Diet Solution: modify your environment to make diet and exercise choices easier.

About unplanned eating or about wimping out on planned exercise, Dr. Beck also says, "No choice! No choice!" What she means is declaring to myself that I've already made the decision, and it's a done deal. "No choice!" means I'm committed to following through with the healthy route....I'm only giving myself that one option.

As Henry Ford advised, I am seeking to get smarter from my previous failures. Thus I'm trying to shape my circumstances early and emphatically. I have great hopes that eventually my "resistance muscles" will grow, but for now I scheme to make it very difficult for myself to jump the rails!

Today on the way home from an errand, I asked dh to let me out at the bank. From there it was only two miles to walk to our house. It was a sunny day and over 40 degrees, so I had already planned to take a walk later. But I didn't want to run the risk of procrastinating or .... you know. But guess what.... standing on the street corner, that distance from home, somehow I was able to find the motivation to exercise!

I worked in six or seven sprint intervals, and also made myself run all the way up the hill. I wanted to quit halfway up the incline and walk, but I told myself I would feel great if I ran the whole thing. Yep, I did.
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