My question in the headline has got nothing to do with whether or not it is worth changing to a healthier life style; of course, it is! No, this is a question that should start to creep into the thought pattern of anyone trying to lose weight when they reach a certain stage. Personally, I’m starting to get there. I’ve got to a point where my clothes are sitting better again. I hadn’t gained so much weight before starting to do something about it, that when buying clothes, I had been forced to go up a size. It was close, but I managed to stop the rot just in time. Still, every rag I owned was tight and uncomfortable. Now, some of my jeans are getting too big and yesterday I noticed a blouse that has looked ugly, was hanging the right way again when I wore it.
This is the point, when the question “Is it worth it?” should start to appear in my mind, and it has. Is it worth eating this biscuit? Is it worth to have a pudding? Is it worth it to have an ice cream in the garden on a warm and sunny day? At the moment I can answer no to two out of three of those questions. At the stage I’m in at the moment, when I am starting to see the first signs of my efforts, it is not worth slowing down the progress with a biscuit or a pudding. Having an ice cream in the garden on a warm and sunny day, is a totally different kettle of fish. It isn’t that often we get warm and sunny days, so denying myself a treat like ice cream in the garden when it happens, would be to deny myself some life quality, and that wouldn’t be a good long-term strategy.
When I start hearing myself asking if a certain kind of food is actually worth having, I get relieved, because in my mind that is a normal, healthy way of thinking. THAT should be HOW I react and how my mind works when my end game is getting down to a specific weight. Because of that I try to strengthen this thought pattern. If the temptation is almost too big, I try to stop myself a bit longer with asking myself why this precise piece of cake or bar of chocolate is worth risking not losing weight this week. If I can’t come up with a good enough answer, I walk away. If I give myself a strong argument to why I need this sugar fix, I try to distract myself with doing something else for a while. If the thought and pull towards the treat doesn’t fade away but I feel strong enough to go up against the most manipulative version of myself, I ask the question again. “Is it worth it?”
At the stage I am in now, where I’m still very much addicted to sugar, this process can take up a lot of time and more often than not can end up in failure. Well, I say failure. Every time I spend time fighting my pull towards sugary treats by working on changing my way of thinking and managing this addiction, the closer I get to overcoming it. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If, with time, I more often than not will be able to answer no to the question if eating something unhealthy is worth it. That will be a victory.
This week I have done much more “by the book”, than I have in a long time. I’ve been tracking more, I’ve been using my exercise bike more and I’ve been living with a healthy mind set. Weight wise it has also been a brilliant week. 1.5Ibs or just under a kilo in the right direction, which will motivate me to walk away from unnecessary treats even more often from now on.
Have a good week and I see you in 7!