Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Decisions, decisions

Food selection and appetite control is only one aspect of weight loss. The bigger part for philosophy, or to the ignorant people, willpower.
It is understanding, for some of us, it is a series of decisions, one way lies death or a fate even worse, the other way lies health or at least more healthy than the other way. The decision is the easy part, doing is not so easy.

We need to examine our will, not what we think, but what we actually do. Therein lies the problem, these are often different. We want to be rational and eat Paleoish, but then somebody is pushing some kind of "treat" or as I like to refer to it as bate, which I know contains sugar, a deadly substance. That raises a craving, a urge to have a taste, or similar feeling. Now what? We have two mutually exclusive bits of will. Cognitive dissonance what?

What I need is skills to develop more will power and carry a big stick.    

My short term wants do not match with my long term 'needs'.
My needs must govern for long term life.
I need to align my short term impulsive desires with long term needs.
How does one crush our short term impulsive desires?


  1. I find it easier not to eat that stuff at all. You don't have to make a decision every time you come into contact with it.

  2. Hi Fred

    As a diabetic keeping to the straight and narrow most of the time is easy for me. The complications frighten me more than the love of foods I have had to drop. If I had not become a diabetic, being heavily over weight would never have been a problem for me. Down the pub with the lads I would often pat my fat gut and declare how much money and effort It had taken to create it. Most middle aged guys got fat didn’t they. Then type two diabetes came along. The rest is history. I believe there are three main motivators, greed, fear and prestige. Fear overtook my greed.

    Regards Eddie

  3. Fred- I started labeling the food placed in front of me that had sugar and wheat. In my mind's eye I would say "diabetes" or "heart disease".

    Once I did that over and over again, It's all I can do not to throw away what I see sitting out on the counter or being offered as a "treat". I have to practice NOT having a terrible look on my face when offered.

    Keep practicing- good structure is key.


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