The Endless Search for Why

- POSTED ON: Aug 18, 2011




Many Dieters become involved in the endless search for WHY.

This quote describes a common dieting thought process:

“I sailed right through yesterday feeling great about ….........
and then I decided to to stretch the diet to allow .....…………
The result was a binge after dinner.
I went in the freezer this morning to figure out what I had eaten:
it was ………………........................................................
Why did I do it?
I think it was because……………....................................”

It is often good to analyze one’s successes and obstacles
in order to look for a pattern and form a plan of action.

However, self-analysis can become a substitute for Action.
It offers a temporary refuge from the reality of the obesity
that one despises in themselves,
and provides them with emotional relief,
when they can not bring themselves to actually do
what it takes to leave their obese condition. 

 It's like a passenger on the Titanic saying,
"I'm not getting off this ship until I know WHY it is sinking."

Thinking can facilitate a change in one’s eating behavior,
but such a change must be implemented by Action,
and not be a substitute for it.

I'm just saying.

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On Aug 18, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Your post reminds me of several old or cut bait is a nicer one than the familiar potty reference...but there is truth here...sort of like the Nike slogan, "Just Do It!"

On Aug 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, There is no doubt that "Doing It" is really hard. What I'm frequently struck by is how "self-analysis" often provides enough mental RELIEF from the pressure of being fat to keep a person from needing to actually follow through with an appropriate change in behavior.

On Aug 18, 2011 TexArk wrote:
I had not really thought about this in terms of weight loss, but of course it applies. I have a family member with whom I have had the same conversation for over 50 years about his life's problems. He feels sooo much better talking about what he has done and what he should have done and what he needs to do. After he tells me all this (once a week) over and over after about an hour, I think he feels satisfied that he has actually done something to improve his life! Then he does nothing. I have looked at my behavior in the past and have seen that I have spent considerable time working on "plans" that were way too elaborate to put into action, but the working on the plan was easier than the hard work of the task at hand. I am enjoying your insights.

On Aug 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, Your insights are also helpful to me.

On Aug 18, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
I am so glad I did not wait until I had learned what I know now to start losing weight. I would still be fat! It helped greatly to have your thoughts. Remember my worries about starvation mode or losing weight too fast and sabotaging my maintenance. I love my body. It is so much easier to live being smaller. Studying Vit D3 currently.

On Aug 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, your progress is inspiring.

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