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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.
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    1900 days ago
    I hate cheating on my diet but sometimes it doesn't bother me with losing weight. But who doesn't cheat.
    1901 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Another great lesson! I am the worst for all or nothing ...might as well blow the day thinking.
    1901 days ago
    I love this! "All or nothing at all" girl resided here for a long time too. It's difficult to get past that, but so much healthy, as you've pointed out, if we can put things in perspective and move on from there!

    1901 days ago
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