I had a complete “Light Bulb Moment” the other night as I was talking to my BFF. She is trying to lose weight and was asking me for advice. I asked her,”What are the top 2 or 3 habits that are keeping you overweight?”
I explained to her that the things that are keeping me from reaching my goal weight are:
– Snacking in the kitchen when I come home after work/errands
– Eating while I’m cooking/preparing meals
– Snacking after dinner
I think her 2 biggest bad habits are:
– Lack of exercise
– Lack of eating a sufficient breakfast
I believe that if I/she was just able to stop/change these 2 or 3 worst habits it would change our bodies and lives. It seems simple, but have you ever tried to stop biting your nails or quit coffee/smoking/crack? We all know that habits are hard to break! Those bad habits are hard to break because they are doing something for you.
You wouldn’t keep doing something that was only hurting you. If you put your hand on a hot stove and get burnt – you’re not going to do it again because it just hurt. No good came of it. (I actually heard something like this on Oprah years ago.)
Even though my snacking is hurting me by keeping me at a weight I am not happy with, it is also doing something for me. My snacking isn’t like putting my hand on the stove – it does hurts, but it also feels good. The habit in the long run hurts me, but in the short term it: distracts me from doing things I don’t want to do, comforts me, keeps me company, is pleasant, signals that I can relax, tastes good…
So, I need to find another way to get these positive feelings without snacking. I need full permission to relax, find comfort, do something pleasant instead of snacking.
Question: Do you have a bad habit that you feel does something pleasant for you?
Lunch was an effort to use us my veggies before we leave for vaycay – big salad with TJ’s Peanut dressing, topped with a veggie burger. Grapes on the side and can 2 cans of seltzer if I’m being honest 🙂
Kashis on the side for some whole grain goodness 🙂
I think it’s great that I’ve identified what I’m getting out of my bad habits – recognizing the problem is the first step, but now comes the work.
Dieter’s Tools – The Intuitive Eating book says you should get rid of the scale because it’s a “Dieter’s Tool”. While I agree with this in theory I’m not giving up my scale at this point. I weighed in today and the scale hasn’t moved at all in the last three weeks. I’m glad it hasn’t went up! But, I obviously need to work on the habits listed above if I expect to move it down.
And I have not forgotten about Cookie Friday – see you later!
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