It’s the New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. We stayed home and had some family time which is always fun. Yesterday on the 1st, we had our annual Lego color wars contest where everyone in the family teams up (except me) and builds a Lego creation based on a single color. I am the judge. Of course, being a mom means that I can’t choose just one team as being the best, so everyone wins something!
So that’s my update for weekend.
On a weight loss note, this post is a very important one that I hope you will consider sharing and passing along to people in your life who have set losing weight as a New Year’s resolution.
Weight loss is simple on the outside but complicated on the inside. It seems as though it should be simple to lose weight. Just eat less, move more and the scale will drop. If you follow that prescription then most times you will lose weight. The problems come when you throw in emotions, social situations, family issues, children’s needs, junk food availability, and even childhood memories.
It seems as though the deck is stacked against successful weight loss and in some ways it is. However, it is possible to lose weight but it all comes down to choices. As you think about finally losing weight this year, I want you to ask yourself this question over and over during the next few weeks as you get started or continue your weight loss journey.
What do I want more? “
Following are some scenarios where asking yourself that question can be the difference between staying on your diet and cheating. It can be the difference between continuing your diet and quitting. This one question can make a huge difference in your success.
Scenario Number 1
You are at the grocery store and walking through the aisles filling your cart with food. You have a menu, you have a list, you are committed. But then you happen to spy one of your favorite “non-weight loss” food items. For me it would have been peanut M&Ms or Oreos. For you it might be chips, Little Debbie snack cakes, or even soda.
Before you put that item in your cart as a “treat” for later, ask yourself the question. “What do I want more?” Do you want that food treat or do you want to finally fit into those old jeans? Do you want that food treat or do you want to get to a healthy weight?
Scenario Number 2
You are at your family’s house for a dinner or celebration and someone offers you a piece of cake on a beautiful plate. You already decided you were going to pass but now you are wavering as you look at your friendly relative’s eager face.
Ask yourself the question. “What do I want more?” Do you want to please her by taking the cake or do you want to stay firm on what you already decided to do? Do you want to eat 400 calories from cake or save those calories for healthier food?
Scenario Number 3
You are sitting home at night and everyone is either in bed or gone for the evening. Or, if you live alone, you are sitting down just relaxing. All of a sudden you have a craving for a food not on your diet. What do you do?
Ask yourself the question. “What do I want more?” Do you want to feel proud in the morning that you resisted the call of the tempting food or do you want to go to bed feeling guilty that you blew your diet on a food you didn’t really need and definitely did not plan on eating?
Scenario Number 4
Your alarm goes off in the morning and you wake with a start. In your fog of sleep you briefly wonder why in the world you set the alarm so early when you did not need to be anywhere for two more hours. Then you remember that you set your alarm early so you could get up and work out. Before you hit snooze and turn over for a few more minutes of sleep, ask yourself the question, “What do I want more?”
Do you want to go on and exercise so you can start your day on a positive note or are those few minutes of sleep more important? Remind yourself that part of getting your weight to a healthy level includes exercise and this was a day you had set aside to get it done.
Can you see where asking yourself this question can help you stay on track with your weight loss efforts? I want you to give it a try today, tomorrow, and next week. Asking yourself, “What do I want more?” keeps you focused on your goals, reminds yourself of why you are doing this, and gives you time to make a decision based on rationale rather than emotion or need.
Will you commit to trying this technique? Let me know your thoughts and be sure to email me and let me know how it is going. Diane