Substance abusers often make repeated attempts to quit before they are successful.” Ever tried to not eat dessert? Ever tried to give up drinking soda or sweat tea? Did you start strong and then start to notice that you would think about it? Did your thoughts become so focused on your desire that you get uncomfortable? Did you feel your body “craving”? Did you feel yourself trying to resistant and struggling? Did you know that you didn’t want to eat that cookie or donut or cake but found yourself with it in your mouth anyway?
I continued on my emotional eating train for many more weeks, but the truth that I didn’t need to be eating keep tapping on my shoulder, reminding me that this wasn’t part of any solution that was going to get me feeling better about myself. Like a giant gorilla hanging on me, every time I stuffed things into my mouth, I could hear that ape jumping around “but you’re not really hungry. This is why you are gaining weight. You don’t need that.”
Man, I hated that monkey.
Most of us don’t go cold turkey from our old habits and just start eating kale, quinoa, and lean organic protein for every meal. The reality of getting healthier is that it is a process. You will make small changes that last. Eventually you will add on to those first changes with more changes until you reach a point where you are truly eating healthy.
While getting started is often the hardest part of leading a fitter lifestyle, staying motivated is the difference between getting the results you want and finding your way back into the old habits that led you to an unfit lifestyle to begin with. Finding focus is one thing; keeping focus is a completely different animal.