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The Mindset of a Dieter

Before I start I want to say that the title applies to me, but there may be sections that you all relate to or have thought yourself whilst trying to lose weight! 

As I'm currently getting back into my losing weight plan, I've noticed a few things that I totally forgot about regarding trying to drop the lbs..

YOU ALWAYS WANT TO CHECK THE SCALES

I don't know about you but I'm constantly battling with my brain "
not to weigh myself for the 4th time this week".. I feel compelled to step on the scales and check how much I've lost/put on so far. I KNOW it's so unhealthy and that I shouldn't do it.. I also know that your body fluctuates in weight weekly so that it may give false readings if I check too often. I know all of these things, but I just can't keep that thought out of my head.. I need to stop obsessing about it as the scales do not define who I am.
Maybe I'm just so desperate to get rid of this weight.. but I have managed to keep away from them since Sunday and I have been eating well so I'm looking forward to having a look tomorrow :) (have negotiated with myself only to weigh on Wednesdays and Sundays (and I'm sticking to it!))

I'VE LOST 5LBS, WHY DON'T I LOOK SKINNER ALREADY?!

This is such a ridiculous notion I know, but this is exactly how I've been thinking.. (this post runs into the next paragraph because it's all linked.) I've been telling myself that nothing is stupid because it's how I'm thinking and the only way I'm going to do this journey is if I share these thoughts.
So yeah I've been eating really well and cutting down a lot on the naughty things and I'm feeling positive - it's all good! But there's this thing I keep thinking about, does the lbs really make stones? It's like, yeah fantastic, since my last weigh in, I've lost 5lbs, but I look and feel no different. Okay, I'm not naive enough to think that it'll all drop off over night and I'll look instantly like a new me, but it feels like you should feel it more.. it would probably make people feel more positive and motivated. I'm sure this is a big reason why people drop out of losing weight, because they can't see results quick enough. I do understand that because you want to notice it coming off you.. sadly it doesn't happen that quick, hopefully after a few more lbs we'll start noticing?


I THINK THE SCALES ARE LYING TO ME 

If you gain weight and you're on the scales you can easily go 'yeah, I'm not surprised' but somehow it's both overly exciting and questionable when they say you've dropped a lb or so.. I mean you go through the "Oh wow, that's great!"  "One step closer!" "Hmm.. but I did have an enormous cheat meal this week.." "I only worked out 3 times this week, no way has that equated to that!" - Why do I do this to myself? I can do this.. and I've lost it, somehow!
 I have to confess that I am one of these on and off the scales people "just to check it's right" - I mean I don't even know what this is for.. it hardly ever changes, sometimes it may alter by a point of a lb but it still changed! I always feel so silly for doing it but I still do it regardless!
So yeah, I think this mainly falls under the "not seeing results quick enough" thoughts!


CRAVINGS

I have to admit that so far on my journey (ok, it's only been a week) I have had a few and so far have been able to curb them very well by distracting myself (this has been very easy what with a newborn and toddler!). My biggest cravings has been for Ben & Jerrys Ice-cream.. it's so yummy and I love it but I've done well and stayed away. Mainly due to the fact that I've got a full blown cold and can't smell nor taste, so there's been no point in even reaching out for these cravings as I wouldn't be able to enjoy or appreciate them! (Good job!)
But saying that I know that sometimes the best thing to do is to have a little bit of what you fancy as it keeps the 'giving in' thoughts at bay, plus you have to be able to enjoy yourself along the way! :)


8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY!?

I don't know about you but I really struggle with the term of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I don't struggle with drinking water as  I only really drink water but, I know for a fact that I rarely ever fill my glass up that often. At most I probably do 4/5.. I do feel rather bad for not drinking more but I just don't feel like I need to drink that amount. Unless I'm ill or exercising I rarely drink the "recommended" as it's hard. I'm sure I'm not the only one who struggles with drinking this much in the day..?
I am forever trying to and leaving it in a place where I walk by most of the time so that I can have a few sips.. I guess this one is a work in progress!


THAT GUILTY FEELING YOU HAVE WHEN YOU EAT SOMETHING "BAD"

This probably goes in with my "cravings" section but I always feel really horrible after eating something really "naughty" or "bad" and really, I think I have to change this as I probably shouldn't feel that way about eating something that isn't 100% natural or healthy. But saying that I am eating really well recently, so I've not had the bad feeling very much! I'm sure this will also be one that will creep up on me with the more lbs I try and lose!

I'M BORED, WHAT CAN I EAT?

I know for a fact that I'm an emotional eater. I'm really pleased with myself for working it out. Once I was feeling really upset and so drained emotionally and noticed that during that couple of days my diet was shockingly terrible! I ate everything that was bad for you, but things that I loved to eat, but because I was upset I didn't appreciate the flavours, it was just a case of trying to distract myself from being upset. It sounds so disgusting reading it like that but it's the truth and now I know that when I get an instant fancy for something, it's because I'm bored, feeling lonely or feel rubbish.. and I now know that eating something won't make them feelings go away, I'll just have "that guilty feeling you have when you eat something "bad"" I've just got to find another way to get over it!
I'm glad I've shared these points! It's hard to think that you're trying to have a lifestyle change.. and whilst I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far, it's just we all have them thoughts and feelings that haunt us when we're trying to better ourselves!


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1 comment:

  1. Great post. I too am on a weight loss mission and totally believe that it is a mental issue, rather than a physical one. Good luck and thanks for sharing with #TheList x

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