I Call that Progress
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
The last two years my diet buddies and I have been reading a different weight-loss book as we complete 100-day challenges (3 times during the year). It is interesting to find different ideas, but it also affirming to see an idea repeated by several writers. Those ideas that circle around through different venues are definitely worth taking under consideration.
With a book we read last year, one point the author made was that a positive choice that helps us to progress along the journey helps to strengthen our "resistance" muscle. A negative choice causes the "impulse" muscle to strengthen. The strategy was to strengthen the resistance muscle to the point of being able to resist when tempted with rich, calorie-laden foods.
This year we are in the process of our first 100 day challenge. The book we are working on now explained that idea in a way that I can better relate to. Each choice we make sets a precedent that tends to dictate (or at least influence) the choice we will make when confronted with a similar situation in the future.
I've had some success with this concept in recent weeks. Last Friday I got off track with my eating when I came across a chocolate bar a friend had brought me. I told myself I would eat only one-third of the bar - guess what THAT didn't work for me. But the chocolate just created that crack in my resistance so that I started thinking about OTHER treats I could get into. Fortunately I remembered that I was setting a precedent for future choices and told myself, "No, no further. Stop." And guess what! I got off the slippery slope of unhealthy snacking. Today I finished two chocolate rice cakes and thought it was so good I'd have two more. I walked over to the cabinet and had my hand on the door when I thought, No, no more. Two was enough. And again it worked.
I think the concept is working for me now because it was presented to me in a different way that resonated with me more. My successes may seem pretty minor in the grand scheme of things - but I call that progress.