31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 9
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Today, Spark would like us to take the automation out of our eating:
"Think before you bite. Before you try every irresistible food that crosses you path, think first. How will you feel after you eat them? Is the taste really worth it? Could you enjoy just a small amount instead?"
How many times have we eaten something and only afterwards thought or said, "it wasn't worth the calories?" I guess what Spark is trying to get us to do is to try to undertake this analysis before we've indulged. For a mindless eater, as I am, that's a tough one, even just taking a little bite can be tough, because sometimes the damage is done before I even realize what I've done.
So if somehow we could make ourselves aware enough to say "do I really want this?" The times I do manage to do that, I often respond no, and have no problem with saying no, but darn it, how in the world do you make that your process? Clearly, it's got to be creating a habitually good approach to a thought process before putting food in our mouths.
One thing that helps me is the tracking of food. If I'm in a place where I've been good about going to the food tracker as soon as I've put something in my mouth, then it is more in the forefront of my consciousness before I eat that I am going to record it. Now that all sounds great, but I'll admit freely that although I start almost every day tracking, I don't necessarily finish it with tracking. But all we can do is keep on trying, keep on experimenting with what method works best for us to put our minds in a place that we can use the power of them to harness our eating.. But there is an even more basic place for me to find success..
I know I keep going back to it, but for me it is the answer to most everything: exercise. The single biggest weapon I have on this journey is to exercise, it has that much of an impact on the way I spend the rest of the day. I feel better, I am more conscious of everything I do when I am exercising regularly, including and probably especially what I put in my mouth. I have no idea why,but sometimes you just have to stop asking why and accept that something is the way it is, especially something that positively has no downside. I honestly don't believe that even if there were an answer to the question and I were to discover it, it would make it any easier to do what I know I must..
Sometimes it is so frustrating to know that I have discovered the location of the key to success for me, that I actually love doing it, and that yet, I don't always do it. One of the great mysteries of my life so far..one I know that I must solve to succeed permanently.
So here's to getting back on that exercise train..it's the core of my journey to a healthy lifestyle. All aboard!!