Day 69 - No Cheating Allowed
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
I used to be an all or nothing thinker and this often included some very destructive self talk. One of the things I would say to myself is that I had cheated on my diet. In today's lesson Linda talks about giving up the notion of cheating in regards to food. Cheating is a word that implies something illegal and/or immoral. Imagine you come upon this choice:
and you decide to eat the donut. Is that really cheating? Sometimes the words we use can cause us to make moral judgments on our own behavior. Is eating a donut really something that could be equated with stealing or lying?
One of my own behaviors that I have judged myself for years has been feeling like I was sneaking food or hiding food and eating in private. This always left me with a feeling that I was cheating. Linda suggests to give up using the words cheating on your diet. Replace this with the notion of making choices. So when confronted with a choice of
eating a donut or eating tomatoes.
realize that it is only a choice.
Give up the notion of making a moral judgment. Everyday we are learning to make healthier choices and being kind to ourselves by using positive self talk is also part of the process of being healthy.