It's a Choice...
Monday, April 07, 2014
I read a really interesting article yesterday, talking about all the "self-talking" we do that ends up undermining our sincere efforts to lose weight/get in shape. It basically said that when we react to a "craving" with a rationalization, as true as that rationalization might be, it still undermines us if we don't get to the real core truth that losing weight/getting in shape is, at it's most base level, a choice.
In other words, it IS true that when we crave something, not giving in to that craving might lead us to eating lots more of it at some point later on, but at the same time, giving in can set us back. So this article made me realize that it is a very fine line that we walk to both recognize that there are no bad foods, that we are human but at the same time acknowledge that we cannot always give into those cravings and urges. We must find the right balance to ensure that those times do not become the norm, that they do not overwhelm the really hard work of making the right choices, of setting ourselves up to make good choices more often than giving in to the craving.
Talk about two worlds colliding! Both are sound approaches, and I believe both have a place in a true journey to health. But the hard part is finding that balance, which is probably different for all of us. So I do think that my next job for myself is finding my own personal ground rules in this quagmire, and it is a quagmire. Deprive yourself too much, you will end up binging and in a worse place than you started, don't deprive yourself enough and feel like you are digging a hole in beach sand, never really progressing.