|I chose this salad, the roll got sequestered.|
|Wheat roll, just before the slam dunk in the trash, bye bye|
I'm picking a rule, with a sub-rule from Refuse to Regain (by Barbara Berkeley, MD) to write about. My opinions are my own, your experience may vary. I would highly recommend the book.
Replace the word cheat with choice. I always disliked the word cheat. Being the glasses wearing, test taking student that I was, I had my fair share of students in school trying to cheat from my paper. I disliked it a lot. Ask me for tips before the test, study with me, but try and cheat during the test- forget it. Find somebody else! Go away and stay away. What a waste of effort! Weak!
Anyhoo, the book talks about using the word cheat and how you can turn it into a "burden that's being imposed on you" rather than making the life long choice changes that need to come with weight maintenance.
The author recommends getting rid of the word cheat and owning the "I made a choice and I've got to deal with it". I LOVE that. Ownership, responsibility, focus on your mental game, on steps to take to correct a failure ( think slippery slope thinking, lapses, loss of focus).
In the photos above, I chose a Cobb salad with no dressing, and a cup of coffee and ice water for the road (not pictured). I had been hiking all over the place, all afternoon. In the past, I would have chosen something similar with a cookie, and the roll. "I've earned this cookie/roll" or it won't hurt to eat/cheat this meal because I hiked sooooo long. Or, I just weighed in at WW, I can have this cookie! It won't show up on the scale next week.....
Yeah, right! That so did not work for me. Now I can choose acceptable food from my basic paleo primal-ish template. I choose not to eat wheat or most processed sugar. I choose low inflammatory foods. And, those choices are paid back to me everyday. I own it. I choose to feel good, to have my clothes fit, and to focus on my goals- both weight and non-weight. Sweeter than any cookie or roll could ever be. Sometimes I lapse but I do not cheat.
Discuss! I know is just wording, but how powerful is it to OWN it? Yeah! Stepping off soap box now....