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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 8, 2019
Here we go, and the new year has begun. With each new year comes promise. We make certain expectations to start the year and we have to battle a lot of psychological gobbledygook from all sides of the table. Should you have a resolution? No, it is not necessary. Yes, it helps set a goal. Don’t use the new year turning as a starting point because then it puts pressure on your. Use the new year as a turning point, for it sets up a specific standard and allows you to start a fresh slate. And then of course you will hear the people say that clocks are a lie and time is a false construct created by man to stress people out. Yes, that’s the internet for you. Either way, the toughest battle that people take on each year is to start a diet, and this usually means they are genuinely concerned about how they view themselves. You start looking into some crazy diet, possibly join a gym and bask in the quick changes that occur when you turn your cookies and creme diet into a broccoli and potatoes diet. Eventually a lot of people quit because let’s face it, it is freaking hard to make those kinds of changes. When you have a lifestyle that caters to the worst habits of your life, issues will explode onto the scene and make life difficult for you. A lot of people will eventually quit and start reading a lot of body acceptance articles by Buzz Feed and Jezebel and then go back to the old ways before they realize they cannot squeeze into their favorite pairs of jeans and make the decision to either continue the downward slide or try to lose weight again.
I will admit, I am no stranger to this difficult reality. I don’t have the good genes of a overactive metabolism (damn English blood!!) and my running has been pretty much on crash mode for a good year now. The issue that happened for me is not with my effort with the fitness, it was my effort with my mind. I work a very stressful job where I am forced to fix 30-40 problems a day while also making sure I do not anger people, give too many credits and also maintain statistics that will keep my supervisor off my back. My job is going through massive changes and many of them I despise, and it is making me more stressed out. I gave in, because I needed something to get me through the bad feelings and I started eating too darn much. I had a good little thing going early last year but things changed at work and thus I started falling into the trap. It got worse in the summer when the heat played its usual role in messing with my sleep patterns. I’m also gonna blame society as a whole, because I have to. The undisputed trend of the year was the fact plant based options became a normal thing in the world. Major companies like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco maddest easier for vegans such as myself to indulge in the old lifestyle of fast food consumption. Massive companies that bought small plant based companies to expand their reach has created a groundswell, for even regular stores are starting to sport more vegan friendly options. Heck, mayonnaise companies stopped their ridiculous battle over plant based mayo and joined the crowd, distinguishing the old eggs and milk version of their mayo as “Real Mayo” and making plant based versions of their own. So yeah, I got too indulged into this change, enjoying vegan sausages at a brewery and drinking more craft brews than normal because now brewers are being more knowledgable about their product, so they can quickly answer when someone asks if certain beers are vegan.
So yes, all of these things including no real love interest in my life turned me into a sloth and I gained some weight back. I didn’t care, because I felt good and was not troubled by the changes. But then you start seeing photos of yourself and start hating what you look like. It is okay to love yourself, but when you have certain standards and you let the standards slip, this is where the problems can start whispering some ugly things into your subconscious. “Don’t eat that!” “You are fat enough!” “There you go again you fat ass!” This sort of inner dialogue can escalate pretty badly. I think this is where a lot of people struggle because that inner dialogue is at a negative pitch. I was having that issue myself, for I kept telling myself that starting this such and such day, the diet begins. But I kept putting it off and kept pushing it back. I didn’t have the mind set for the change. That was when I made the ultimate decision to change my eating habits at the start of the new year and lay down a resolution. I basically did what so many non-psychologists say you shouldn’t do and will be making the effort. Next week I will talk a little about calorie restriction and weight cutting so I won’t go into too many details. From a personal standpoint, this option made some sense to me. It allowed me to enjoy the holidays fixings and also allowed me to clear my mind and stop putting pressure on myself for the next week. I had a target, and the first week I have made good on. Control the eating during the week, dedicate a massive cheat meal and then get back to the calorie counting. It is not easy to live like this but my mind was in the right spot. You wanna know why?
Rather than entertaining the negative dialogue in my mind that I was a fat fuck, I was able to really twist it around and say “I wanna loose some weight and I need to lose some weight.” Granted, that is a very neutral mindset but it is the right one going into this journey. I found a couple hacks as well to aid me in this process that I will give pointers on next week. Trust me, don't think this stuff only happens to people like me. This happens to regular folks as well when we start talking about body dysmorphia. Like I mentioned in a previous blog, some relatively healthy people still think they look like garbage but it might be because they are eating unhealthy food despite their high metabolism doing its job and keeping them lean. Perhaps that is the source of the problem, unhealthy food made me feel good and therefore my mind rejects the healthy food as “bland and sterile.” Yikes, dealing with the inner workings of the mind can be extremely difficult, and this is why we have such a weight problem in the United States (at least in my opinion). It’s easier to accept your fate and easier to give up than it will ever be to maintain.
So far for me, I am only a week into the process of trying to retake my caloric intake. My first cheat meal was sizable, but on the other hand it was overly lavish and not entirely comprised of donuts and ice cream (though I was entertaining that idea). Anyway, hope you all have a good one and good luck to whatever health resolutions you are starting this week.
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