Two of my closest friends are personal trainers and they are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Over the years as I have struggled with my weight, I have often felt inferior to them in terms of my body
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image and my self-control and motivation around diet and exercise. This is not in any way because of anything they have ever done or said: they have only ever been extremely supportive of me and have congratulated me on my successes. I realise that what lies behind these feelings of inferiority is my own attitude towards myself and my weight-loss journey.
Imagine my delight then when on Saturday, just as my anxiety towards my Monday night weigh-in was starting to build, I read the following blog post by one of these friends:
A dieting downward spiral
In our private FB coaching group our members post their meal plans,
food choices etc for accountability and support to keep on track
when they feel a little out of control.
Having a group of supportive people who have got your back when
things start to slip can really help, everybody who has ever been
successful with weight watchers or slimming world know this. The
meetings can really work.
However, sometimes things do slip through no fault of our own,
we're not even really aware that we have made any changes at all.
Until suddenly you wake up one morning and your clothes feel
tighter and you feel like shit.
You decide that you know what to do and you will get started
straight away. A day in and you realise that you just haven't got
the energy or inclination to put the effort in to eating well and
making informed choices.
You simply can't be arsed with the effort of it all.
There are many reasons that this happens and I will cover in more
detail over the coming weeks.
One of the reasons is that you can lose sight of the goal or the
importance that looking or more importantly feeling good no longer
floats your boat.
Another is that when you get in to the shit food cycle, it is hard
to break free. Essentially we are just big test tubes that walk
around and interact with each other.
Every item that you consume will create a chemical reaction in your
body, which in turn affects your bodies chemistry and more
importantly your brain chemistry.
Eating good quality food will reset it but you have to get through
those first few days of change. When your brain chemistry is
running on crappy processed foods, it is more difficult to make
choices that will put you back on track.
And that's without even starting on the addictive nature of some
additives and ingredients in processed foods.
If you fall off track, don't beat yourself up about it, it doesn't
help you in anyway. You just end up feeling shit and wanting to
Do the best you can and surround yourself with like-minded people
(this can be on FB it doesn't have to be in person) who want to
support and help you in your quest for better health.
Darren "Mince is definitely not steak" Checkley
P.S. Our next Achieve Bootcamp starts on Monday 31st March 2014.
P.P.S. I know I have sent this after my 8.30pm technology
water-shed but we have been out for dinner with friends and I
didn't want to miss a day :)
Reading this made me realise that I am not alone. Many of us face these diet-demons and the difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that the successful people don’t let the demons win.
If you’d like to read more of Darren’s blogs about nutrition and exercise, you can find them here: http://archive.aweber.com/achievebootcamp/4lQLb/h/A_dieting_downward_spiral.htm
Here’s to fighting your demons!