30,000-39,999 SparkPoints 34,356

Getting Honest: My Three Greatest Downfalls

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As I'm trying to develop healthy eating and exercise habits, I've been thinking about some of the biggest things that set me off track. I thought I would share them here, and see if anyone else struggles with these or has pointers to overcome them.

Downfall #1 - Waste Not, Want Not

My parents raised me to clean my plate if I wanted to dessert. If there was a food I didn't want to eat, it was always "think of the poor starving children who would love just one bite of that" and it definitely worked for me. The problem is, now 10+ years later, I simply can't bear to let any food go to waste, no matter how unhealthy it may be. I know this is seriously bad for my diet, and I've tried to overcome this by only purchasing healthy things and cooking healthy things. However, those occasions still arise where I need to bake a cake or a pie for company and I get stuck with the leftovers. I need to find a way to be OK with just throwing food away if I can't find people to give it to, but it is something I still struggle with big time.

Downfall #2 - All or Nothing

In my mind, my fitness and nutrition tracking week runs from Sunday to Saturday. Perhaps it's the way my Spark tracking is set up. A new week always begins on Sunday. The problem with this for me, is that if I get off my diet track at dinner on Monday, I just can't keep myself from thinking that I messed up the entire week, and stop tracking (dangerous, right?) until I can get back on track the following Sunday. And since I'm not tracking, that gives me license to eat and drink anything and everything that comes into my sight. This happens more often than I would like to admit, and it seriously hinders my efforts to get in shape.

Downfall #3 - Life Happens

Emotional eating, which I'm sure many can relate with, is the last big struggle I am going to share today. Despite the fact that I like to journal and find ways to let go of stress through prayer and exercise, I still find myself turning to food when I am busy, sad, happy or excited (which is probably a good percentage of the time). Sometimes I will go long periods without giving in, but inevitably it happens just when I least suspect it.

I just realized that these three things pretty much revolve around my eating habits, and don't hinder my fitness a lot. I am proud of the fact that I am pretty disciplined when it comes to exercise. There are some days when I just don't feel it, but most of the time if I skip a day I can pick myself right back up the next day and it's not that big a deal. I usually try to go first thing in the morning, before I have a chance to talk myself out of it.

What are your three greatest downfalls when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle? What tips or ideas do you have for me to overcome mine?
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Good for you for taking the time to reflect on your downfalls. Knowledge is half the battle! We can only overcome something once we recognize it as a problem.

    The eating versus throwing things out - I get rid of many things at work. Do you work outside the home? Try taking treats in to the staff kitchen/staffroom. I'm sure people will help you eat them!

    My downfalls?

    (1) sweets
    (2) after work time
    (3) being lonely, tired, angry

    I have given up sugars almost completely with the exception of that found in fruits and vegetables and dairy. My cravings are lessening.

    I no longer allow myself to eat after work before supper - otherwise I would binge.

    I am working hard at talking to people or doing things I enjoy instead of "soothing" my feelings with food.

    Good luck to you!


    1820 days ago
    Why are people so unable to wrap the food and eat it later? I've even heard it suggested that if you eat at restaurant - that you should cut the portion in half (because they are much larger than they should be) an put the other half in a carry-out box. I know where you are coming from - I was raised the same way and my husband is still that way "kids clean your plates!" But - I am learning! If you have food at home - BY HABIT - put a little on your plate and when you are done - ask yourself if you need any more. Take it little by little and see if it makes a difference. It just might.

    Look - I'm assuming you are on this journey for the long haul. You need to realize that. Each step you make towards improving you health - you will be the better for it. If you mess up one day - just realize it - log it and live life. Try to make positive changes one step at a time and realize that you ARE HUMAN. It is not that you are perfect on this journey - trust me, those who lost weight thinking they had to do it all perfect at some point gave up and regained the weight. It's just not the way to do something long-term and lasting. Ever small change you make - every step you take in the right direction - WILL get you where you want to go. You need to truly believe that - it does work. It may not shed 30 pounds off your body in a month - but YOU WILL GET THERE.

    I think the best way to tackle emotional eating - or eating on the go - is to make a plan of attack. It may not solve every temptation - but it will definitely help. When you are stressed - what makes you feel better? Make a list and try it out when you feel overwhelmed. If you are stressed and turn to food (perhaps sweet) - is there some healthier option that would satisfy you? If you are on the go - make a plan. If you can, take snacks with you. If not - determine what you can do - what your healthier option are - and turn to them. You will find that food will have less of a hold on you when you plan.

    Well, these are my thoughts - I have been exactly where you are - and I still struggle, but I am getting better. It takes time - it takes patience - and it takes perseverance. I know you can do this! Just take it one day at a time - one step at a time.

    1820 days ago
    I find it interesting when people can't throw food away, so instead they eat it. What they're essentially doing is, treating their body like a garbage can.

    I only struggle with that if someone else buys the food... then I feel like I have to eat it... but if I paid for it? And I'm full? Away it goes.
    1820 days ago
    I can relate to all of these. Welcome to the world of needing a change. I wish you well as you tackle these issues one day at a time.

    1820 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.