Even if you don’t have weight problems, relying on comfort food for, well, comfort, is not a healthy development. The fact you need comforting must be addressed with a longer term battle plan, not a quick band-aid fix. For a long time I’d “reward” myself with a block of chocolate, maybe two or three times a week. I’d sit there munching away, unable to stop before the entire block was gone.
I don’t know what I was rewarding myself for. Perhaps just being alive. In any case, life got a lot better when I threw out the unearned “reward” and made my life a reward in itself.
– From the Fifth Commandment of the Six Week Super Challenge.
A friend of my sister’s is a very nice person. She has two children and is in her mid-twenties, is always generous with her time and helps out my sister with family stuff as much as she can. But she has a problem. She is morbidly obese. A year ago she got diagnosed with diabetes. The situation is critical, and intellectually she knows it. Yet whenever I see her she is cooking cupcakes or drinking Pepsi. She is addicted to the phony reward, and the task of fixing her life seems insurmountable.
I feel deeply sorry for this woman. Every time she looks in the mirror she sees a challenge that threatens to overwhelm her. She knows how critical the situation is. But it is imperative that she goes from intellectually understanding this, to physically and spiritually understanding this. Her determination must become innate.
We all face similar challenges. And we all understand the risks of inaction. This is why the psychological divide between our former selves, who intellectually understood the dilemma, and our present selves, who are driven to act by our innate understanding, must be delineated.
You can do whatever works for you. For me, the Six Week Super Challenge changed my life. I wrote it myself before I even completed it. I set out all the most relevant exercises and facts I’d picked up from two years of reading self-help books and doing online exercise programs. While I intellectually understood what I needed to do, a brain rewiring, body reshaping bootcamp was necessary to separate my old self from my new self. I wrote it out and followed it to a T, and my life transformed.
Whatever it is you do, you must be extreme about it. There’s no point in being half-assed. You may as well just accept your lot and numb yourself with fast food and television. Keep checking your Facebook every five minutes. Do nothing. Go nowhere. Be content with your constant misery.
Otherwise, be extreme.
Try out The Six Week Super Challenge. It’ll be the wisest way you ever spent $4.