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It's a Choice...

Monday, April 07, 2014

I read a really interesting article yesterday, talking about all the "self-talking" we do that ends up undermining our sincere efforts to lose weight/get in shape. It basically said that when we react to a "craving" with a rationalization, as true as that rationalization might be, it still undermines us if we don't get to the real core truth that losing weight/getting in shape is, at it's most base level, a choice.

In other words, it IS true that when we crave something, not giving in to that craving might lead us to eating lots more of it at some point later on, but at the same time, giving in can set us back. So this article made me realize that it is a very fine line that we walk to both recognize that there are no bad foods, that we are human but at the same time acknowledge that we cannot always give into those cravings and urges. We must find the right balance to ensure that those times do not become the norm, that they do not overwhelm the really hard work of making the right choices, of setting ourselves up to make good choices more often than giving in to the craving.

Talk about two worlds colliding! Both are sound approaches, and I believe both have a place in a true journey to health. But the hard part is finding that balance, which is probably different for all of us. So I do think that my next job for myself is finding my own personal ground rules in this quagmire, and it is a quagmire. Deprive yourself too much, you will end up binging and in a worse place than you started, don't deprive yourself enough and feel like you are digging a hole in beach sand, never really progressing.

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    I think sometimes waiting it out is best and other times offering yourself a little taste. You're right...all balance!
    2426 days ago
    Oh Tina, you hit the nail on the head with this one! I have certain things that I crave that if I give into that craving, it turns into more than it should, but other things that I can control just that "taste" of it. It is a very fine line and I agree that everyone needs to find their own balance. Have a great afternoon!
    2426 days ago
  • TINATC26
    Yes, I do think that is the key, learning to have it in moderation, and then also, being able to distinguish a true craving from a momentary whim.. I think waiting out the craving to see if it subsides is a good strategy for deciding if the craving is "true" works pretty well. The moderation part..that's not quite so easy, don't you agree?
    2426 days ago
    I find if I give into the craving the out come is way worse than not giving in. If not giving in leads to something worse down the road, it only delayed the inevitable, unless we learn to have a taste versus the whole pint of ice cream ?
    2426 days ago
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