Weight loss is like any other training. You have to be really strict for a while, and then it’s supposed to become a lifestyle as you keep the techniques that work best for you over the long term.
Some people say your first choice is making a commitment to losing weight. They acknowledge that you are likely to have “slips” and temptations to “cheat,” but it’s best to remember the million reasons you made that choice.
This kind of language doesn’t work very well for me.
Other people say your first choice is to make a commitment to becoming a healthier you – a happier you, a less-stressed you, a new you that comes closer to your health and wellness goals.
I prefer this statement of choice because it’s positive and much kinder. It will also take you farther down the path on the journey of weight loss. Here is how I learned that lesson.
After a hard weekend of long hours to meet a deadline at work, I gave myself a couple hours on Sunday evening to relax and watch, with totally shameless pleasure, Downton Abby. The cold rainy evening pulled my thoughts down a familiar road, “Hot chocolate milk would taste so good right now.”
A big gong went off in my head, and a screenshot of MyFitnessPal.com flashed in front of my eyes. Before disconnecting the umbilical to my computer, I entered everything I had eaten so far that day. I was already right at my calorie limit and even a small, low-fat hot chocolate would have put me 158 calories over.
Remember, I am still at the earliest stage of my training where my doctor told me to be on the strict side of dieting for three months.
[Robot voice]*Warning, decision point: imminent. *
Was it worth breaking training to satisfy this sudden memory of past (fattening) pleasure associated with a television show and a cold rainy evening? (Those are called food cues, by the way, and they can be powerfully subliminal.)
I decided I would get enough satisfaction from watching an enjoyable show and relaxing for a while, plus knowing that I kept with my discipline. Like I said before, it’s not forever. Three months is enough time to solidify my new lifestyle. I have faith in myself and in that fact.
Please leave a comment below to tell us what has helped to move you farther down the weight loss path when those subliminal moments occur.
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