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I can’t seem to change

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Change is difficult. I try to change my bad habits but every time something stressful happens, I slip. Today I was hosting a luncheon. Because of my responsibilities, I didn’t get to eat my lunch until after 2 pm. I was starving and had the lunch leftovers with 2 cookies. I justified it by saying I just worked my butt off organizing the luncheon and I deserve to pig out. What? I guess I I should have said: I worked hard and now I’m going to eat my normal lunch. Then I was tired and picked up sushi for dinner, not the healthy kind, but the one with eel, tempura shrimp and deep fried piece of fish. I would have been completely satisfied with a salad. I understand that I need to change but it’s really hard.
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    It's OK this is just a lapse. We all have them from time to time. The key is to not make it a relapse into bad habits (a series of lapses all strung together).

    The cycle is lapse - recover - lapse - recover until we get there! emoticon
    1227 days ago
    SP really works....the challenges and weak moments are tough but the results sure make it worth it...
    1228 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    1228 days ago
    Change is really hard!! Be kind to yourself and tomorrow is another day !! You can do this !!
    1228 days ago
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    1228 days ago
    Too much change is hard, yes, but a little change at a time is not so bad at all...

    Think about if you suddenly decided that starting today you would always do 3 skips and 4 spins every time you walked down your main hallway, would snap your fingers on your left hand 4 times every time you walked down your front walk, would stand up and sing the first verse of Bohemian Rhapsody at 2:03 precisely every day, would wear all of your underpants backwards on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and would only use Spanish verbs between 8 and 9 pm.... You'd never expect yourself to do all of that perfectly every day, especially not right off the hop --- and the whole thing is completely absurd and in opposition to everything you have ever done, so you know that you'll be fighting your own brain and habits every time. Pretty much like the whole lifestyle change that you're trying to do all at once now ;)

    Seriously, cut yourself some major slack and start looking at reasonable changes that you can enjoy making one at a time. For instance, look at adding in some healthier sushi options that you would enjoy along with the healthy salad, and then look at adding in some healthy snacks to eat before you get caught up in a big event and get too busy to eat. Once you've got those figured, then look at how you could make your breakfast more filling and colourful and make a few different options. Then start looking at what new veggies you would enjoy adding every day...

    When you make small changes that you enjoy, then it is much much easier -- especially if you give yourself time to adjust before trying the next thing. It may seem like a much longer road than the traditional "change everything at once and diet" approach, but in the end it is much faster than "diet - quit - regain - diet - quit - repeat".

    This is your new lifestyle - take your time and enjoy it!

    1228 days ago
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  • BMGH85
    Don’t beat yourself up. You can do this
    1228 days ago
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