Has “just a little” morphed into “a little too much”? Have you rationalized the phrase “all things in moderation” to actually be more of an excuse to eat crappy food and slack off on exercise? If yes, you are definitely not alone.
I found myself doing it recently with sugar. I’m currently gluten-free and dairy-free (basically a Paleo diet) and I’ve been very good about not cheating … But I’ve been feeling a bit deprived with my new food restrictions (due to adrenal fatigue) so I’ve been sneaking in some sugar.
It first started with a handful of carob chips mixed in with some blueberries … then some real chocolate chips … then a whole bunch of other items “sprinkled” into my diet. Not to mention reaching for sweet fruits instead of crisp vegetables.
It was mounting up to a pretty good amount of sugar, but I kept telling myself “all things in moderation.” Then I got on the scale … The truth is a bitch sometimes, that’s all I’m saying.
Are you nodding along to my tale of woe? Is your own version playing out in your head? I think we’re probably all universally guilty of this.
The marketing practices surrounding health and fitness do not help. These days it’s all pound, pound, pound workouts … The “all things in moderation” fitness industry has definitely skewed to the “go until you puke” mentality, which I find both gross, and ultimately injury and burnout provoking. Anyone think Jillian Michaels is going to tell us to rest and take it easy anytime soon?
Thought so …
Some of us recognize this and know we need to find a healthy balance, but exactly what the heck would that be? Sometimes the balance turns into doing nothing for a few weeks, then wondering why you can’t button your jeans. And we’re back to that “the truth is a bitch thing,” eh?
How To Reverse Your Slide
The first step to fixing a problem is to recognize that you have one. Figure out what you’re doing or not doing and correct accordingly. The second step is to keep yourself accountable. Use whatever works for you … journaling, online resources, telling your bestie or spouse … just make sure you keep honest.
You can start by declaring your bobble below in the comments section. Perhaps we can get a little cheering section going … whattaya say? Studies have shown that telling people publicly what a new goal is means you’re more likely to hit it.
Me? I’m ditching the sugar (again) and keeping fruit to a minimum. I bought a big bag of greens from the grocery store on the way home tonight. What are you doing?