I seem to be on a blogging binge! Three posts in three days – what?!? Let’s just roll with, shall we? 🙂
We’ve all seen a “Benefits of Weight Loss” or “Benefits of Exercise” list before either here on the internet or in a magazine or possibly even at your local gym. I like these lists because they remind me of the good things that can happen when I drop some pounds or go for a walk. And as helpful as these lists are, I find that I need to dial it down even further. While I completely understand that losing excess weight can help lower blood pressure, increase self esteem, manage diabetes, manage heart disease, and make your clothes fit better, knowing this doesn’t necessarily help me in the moment.
I need more than that. I need a “Benefits of Not Eating This Junk Food Right Now” list. This is where it counts – where I will make or break my plan, because when I am holding the cookie in my hand or eyeing my daughter’s trick or treat bag, I need to know the psychological benefits of not giving in. From where I’m standing, the benefit of eating the cookie or candy bar is that I get to EAT CHOCOLATE RIGHT NOW. I need to know what I’m going to get if I don’t eat the chocolate or chips or whatever. I need to know how not eating the (insert junk food of choice here) is going to make me feel better right now and for the next 60 seconds of my life. I need an on-the-spot intervention.
Since there doesn’t seem to be a list like this in existence, I guess I’ll have to make one up. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
The Benefits of Not Eating That Junk Food Right Now
- You can put the offending food down and walk away like an action hero walking away from an explosion.
- Your future self will not want to come back in a time machine and punch you in the face.
- Your “NO” muscle will get some much needed exercise.
- You will be that much hungrier for your next meal which means it will taste that much more awesome.
That’s all I’ve got, and that’s not enough, so I need your help now. What would you add to the list, and make sure it is something that will be beneficial in that moment. I’m not looking for a how-to; things like “go for a walk” don’t help me when I’m completely zeroed in on a fun-size Milky Way. If we get enough suggestions, I’ll put the complete list in another post all its own for all the world to see. You’ve got all weekend to ponder this, so ponder away and hopefully on Monday I’ll have enough to post an entire list.
We need this, folks. This could be a mighty tool in our collective weight-loss tool boxes, don’t ya think? 🙂