Who Do You Think You Are Fooling?
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I would like to thank you all for coming tonight. I have so much that I would like to share with you so if everyone would take a seat we can dive right in. Thank you.
I ate a Hershey bar! Whoa, Slow down, pump your brakes let me finish. You, lady in the red shirt, breathe! Yes, you heard me right, I ate a Hershey bar and I had NO GUILT!!! Please, please hold all comments and questions until the end. I will give you plenty of time to ask questions or make comments at the end. Thank you!
Like I said, NO GUILT!!! I wanted some chocolate so I made a plan for it in my eating for the day. Sir, I can see that you have a question but please hold it to the end. I will explain.
DIETS want you to deprive yourself. No I am not trying to bag on anyone's plan or tell you that you are doing the wrong plan or that you have to do the plan I am doing. That isn't for me to say. You have to do what works for you. What I am saying is that this journey should be a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!!! This isn't some here today, gone tomorrow diet that leaves you high and dry when you get to your goal. Make this your healthy LIFESTYLE!!! DIETS can make it so hard for you to stick with all the rules and regulations that you might never stick with it to your goal. A lifestyle change takes you to your goal and beyond!
DIETS had me thinking more about food than when I wasn't on one. If I really wanted something, I deprived myself of it and told myself that I couldn't have it. The next thing I knew, I not only had it but I had more of it than I really wanted. Sometimes in my quest to find something to appease the craving, I ate way too much and never really appeased the craving only to then eat the thing I wanted in the first place. Oh yeah and I ate a lot of it! Yes, I see several heads nodding to that one.
I was on a diet that I had to track my food. I hated tracking my food and didn't see the benefit of it. The reason I didn't see the benefit was that I wasn't honest about my tracking. I see you down in front, looking away. You know what I am talking about but you don't want anyone to know huh? Who do you think you are fooling? Have you ever eaten something and not written it down because you didn't want anyone to see that you ate it? Some diet programs you have to turn in your tracker to the leader to take a look at. You wouldn't want that leader to know that you ate 2 cheese burgers last Saturday now would you? So, to fix that, you just wrote down that you ate one or you wrote that you ate something healthy. Who do you think you are fooling? Or maybe you played that mental game with yourself that if you don't write it down in the tracker, you didn't really eat it. Who do you think you are fooling? You are only fooling YOURSELF!!
Did you wonder why the scale didn't move or why it showed a gain? Hmm, maybe being honest would shed some light on why the scale is not moving or is going in the
wrong direction. Wait! Wait, I see hands flying up all over the place! I know that the scale doesn't always reflect things correctly but if you aren't honest about what and how much you ate, the scale just might tell on you! Oh, I see those hands going down and some very sheepish looks. Ladies and gentlemen, I have been there, done that, got the t-shirt and bedazzled it!!
Now before I have people falling out of their chairs, let me move on. I have made this a lifestyle change. I want to LIVE and not DIET!!! I admit it, I get cravings and sometimes I get over them without any problem. Other times, I have to make the decision whether to eat that Hershey bar or not. I know that if I really want it, I need to plan for it. If I plan for it and I have it, I don't feel guilt and I satisfied my craving
without falling off my plan. I don't beat myself up or hate myself for it. I don't stop my journey because of it either. I just keep pushing along.
I can see that some of you are having difficulty waiting until the end to comment. I heard someone say that sometimes there isn't time to plan for the "treat". Let me address this situation. I have those moments too. Yes, occasionally I go over my calories for the day because I either ate too much of my planned foods or I ate something that I didn't plan for which was probably a treat of some kind. Want to know how I handle this??? I track it!! I track it and I don't beat myself up. I have a talk with myself about what is important on this journey. I think about what might
have happened in my day that might have triggered my binge. Was it emotional or a craving? Was it eaten out of boredom or was is one of those moments when you stick
some food in your mouth without thinking about it?
Tracking isn't just something you do to pass the time. It is a learning tool. Let me explain. If I see that I am not losing like I thought I would, I can look back and see what I ate for the last week or more. I can look at my fitness and see if I stuck with my plan. If I kept a journal of my feelings, I could see if I had some emotional days that might be the cause.
Tracking allows you to look back at those successful weeks and see just what you did that caused you to lose weight. You might find that you did more exercise or that you ate more fruits and veggies than you have been lately.
Look at tracking as a useful tool and use it to YOUR advantage! Keep a positive outlook about it. Make a journal note if you had an emotional day. If you know what triggered a problem, make a note of it so if you look back, you know what happened. If you found a way to deal with a trigger, make a note about it so when you look back, you know what to do to handle similar situations! The trackers can help if you are honest and use them regularly.
See folks, this journey isn't just to lose weight. No, it isn't just about losing weight. It is also about learning. We have to learn what triggers us to overeat. We have to learn how to eat healthy foods. We have to learn how to prepare healthy meals. We have to learn how to plan ahead for times when we might be caught with no time to eat a meal. We have to learn what makes a healthy snack.
DIETS give you a bunch of rules and regulations that you have to follow. A LIFESTYLE is a learning journey to an abundant life. Which do you chose?
Now I will open the floor to questions and comments. Please one person at a time. Sir, no pushing please, you will get your turn soon enough. Yes, we will start with you, there in the green dress. Your question or comment??