7 Fixes For Common Weight Loss Self Sabotage Excuses
Do you struggle to develop a healthy mindset? Or perhaps you sabotage yourself when it comes to exercise and diet?
Making a lasting change is part mindset and part action. So in an effort to both inspire and help you as you make progress on your journey, I thought I would put together this list of common self-sabotages and their FIXES!
Self-Sabotage: You restrict and deprive yourself of your favorite and enjoyable foods, but then give in to cravings and overeat or binge on them.
FIX: You have two choices here: either stop labeling foods as good or bad and eat food that you enjoy in small quantities. -OR- If they really are bad, then decide that you will never eat them again. Decide that they are poison to you, and make the choice to NOT poison your body.
Self-Sabotage: You cave in and eat the “regular” food that your family eats.
FIX: “What’s good for the goose is good for the flock.” That is, if you shouldn’t be eating certain kinds of foods for your health, then your family likely shouldn’t be either – no matter how much they like it. You can clean up your whole families’ diet a little bit at a time without causing lots of stress.
Self-Sabotage: You skip meals then get SO hungry you eat the house down or hit the nearest drive-thru.
FIX: Take some time to plan out your meals. Get up 15 minutes earlier if you need to. Have quick and easy snacks available so you don’t have to gnaw your child’s arm off. It’s important to make sure that you’re not using it as an excuse to “have to” eat fast food because you “had no other choice.”
Self-Sabotage: You cave in at parties or restaurants.
FIX: Parties and get-togethers are not an excuse to go hog-wild. They aren’t an excuse to throw hopes, dreams, and good health out the window. Food should not be a reward (you are not a dog.) Try to find an item on the menu that fits within your current eating regimen. A steak or piece of chicken with a green veggie or salad can usually be gotten anywhere.
Self-Sabotage: You weigh yourself multiple times a day and feel bad about what you see,
FIX: The problem is not the number of times you get on a scale. The problem is what you do to yourself after you receive that number or piece of data back. Realize that a number on the scale does not indicate worth or how good of a person you are. It’s not a good measurement of health. And it’s a piss-poor reason to feel BAD about yourself.
Self-Sabotage: You eat while doing other stuff (working, watching TV, Facebooking, etc.)
FIX: The problem here is mindless eating. Eating while you are distracted means that you can’t enjoy the food that you’re eating. So not only do you not notice how much food you’ve eaten, but your satisfaction levels don’t register either because you only register a small percentage of the actual food passing thru your mouth. Try not to multi-task when you eat.
Self-Sabotage: You get frustrated with the (non) movement of the scale and give up.
FIX: First and foremost, your eating plan or intentions should be something you would consider doing for the rest of your life. If you’re thinking about it as a short-term fix, then you are likely going to be making it too hard for you to consistently do for any length of time. If it’s easy to do and doesn’t require so much of you, then it gets easier to wait patiently through the inevitable adjustment periods your body many go through during your process.