Self-Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
Posted by Nancy on June 15, 2010
Wouldn’t you agree that most people want to be healthy and look their best? The problem is that it sounds a lot easier than it actually is to accomplish those worthy goals. We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification, most of us have grown up with that mentality. If we want to see a movie, we slide a disc in a machine and we’re good to go. If we want to warm up by a cozy fire on a winter night, many people are able to simple flip a switch and instantly a flame begins dancing around the artificial logs in their fireplace. Our bodies, however, do not work that way. They are at their very best when they are given the correct fuel (healthy food) and enough exercise to keep the bones and muscles strong and working efficiently. When we fail to do this, the results are not immediately apparent but eventually they do show up and when they do, most of us are none too happy about it. Just as our bodies did not get out of shape instantly, neither are they capable of getting back into shape on a moments notice. It requires time, patience and effort to get our bodies in the kind of shape we want them to be in.
This is where the biggest deterrent of all comes into play. The mind games that we play with ourselves as we try to find an easy fix or a short-cut on our way to fitness destroy (or at least complicate) the very process we are undertaking. Most of us find it extremely difficult to stay faithfully on a program that will take us physically to where we want to be. We might start out strong in the morning only to have fallen off the wagon by lunchtime. Or we manage to do pretty well during the week and then the weekend arrives and all of our good intentions go out the window. We become great at rationalizing our actions and our slip-ups. The problem with that is that it derails our plans, sabotages our efforts and plays havoc with our self confidence. The best thing we can do for ourselves before we embark on a program to get back in shape is to commit totally to our goal. Think it through ahead of time and decide on a plan B when what you had originally intended to do backfires. If you have a bad day do you hit the cookie jar immediately upon returning home? If you get some unwanted news do you sedate yourself with a burger and fries? If so, you have undoubtedly learned that it only takes the hurt away for a brief moment and then it is felt more intensely than ever. Learning to control impulses and the need for instant gratification will be the biggest aid you can get as your work to “get your body back”. Get your back-up plan in place, making that means when you are tempted beyond your ability to stay strong, get out of the house and go for a walk. Ignore the voice inside that tells you that you need something sweet, that in fact, you deserve it. Grab a tall glass of water, drink it slowly and then get on with your agenda. You are the one in control, you are the one who makes the decisions about what goes into your mouth and what physical activities you become involved with. The good choices you make will make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and life in general.