What happens when we have an event coming up that suggests excessive eating? Examples of this might be something like a Holiday dinner, special occasion, or just going out of town. Here is what happens. Let’s say for example today is the first day of the month and you know that on the 15 of this month you will be going out of town for 1 week. Your trip will consist of eating and relaxing. Your options are this. You can eat really well and exercise for the next two weeks before you leave or you can start slacking right now. Here is the problem that I face when I have a trip coming up. I have an all or nothing mentality. I think, well I will be going out of town and eating without bounds for a week so why not start now. I don’t really know why this thought makes sense but I justify it somehow. For one reason or another I feel it’s a good idea to start my bad habits early. Little do I know that doing this my bad habits will carry beyond my vacation!
The naughty habits and diet slacking all starts with the idea. The idea that whatever I do can be reversed. I know that whatever weight I gain can be lost. The downside of this thinking is when I eat 1000 calories it only takes several minutes. To remove 1000 calories I will spend more than an hour on a treadmill. Eating this 1000 calorie snack is essentially a waste of time. I have started thinking about the cruise and what I will be doing. I am going to enjoy eating whatever I want whenever I want. This sounds wonderful and completely justified. My body starts to think about how fun this will be enjoying excessive eating without exercising. I will be eating very badly for a full week so I should prime the pump and start eating badly now. Right? Justification is the weakness in every healthy plan. I can eat this, because I will work out later. I will work out later, because today I have to things to do. The snowball effect has begun. Justifying why we are allowed to do something naughty can really lead to troublesome outcomes. Now that I have fully justified my bad behavior and made it acceptable to eat badly and skip workouts before a cruise, we go on our cruise.
The cruise is quite simply a week of gluttony. You eat all the time. This is what keeps you busy. Now if I had been good the weeks leading up to the cruise I wouldn’t feel so guilty about what I was doing. Here is the problem when you are on vacation. The guilt that can keep you motivated does not stick around long. It will soon pass and you will be on to eating whatever by the shovel full. This is what happened to me. So I ran with it and ate what I wanted. I didn’t eat excessive volume, more like what I wanted and when. I felt like eating badly in low volume was “better” than eating larger volumes of the same food. When you are on a cruise or vacation etc. it can be very hard to keep focus. I just did the best I could.
The cruise is long over and I am still experiencing the aftershock of “eh why not eat it?” I know this mindset will pass and I will get back to basics slowly. Has this ever happened to you or am I the only one?
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