So, I’m hitting a bit of a roadblock and I need your thoughts/ideas on overcoming it.
Once I’ve gone a whole day of eating healthy – or gotten a good workout in (where I sweat my ass off), I suddenly feel entitled to a reward. It’s like, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing a mini-goal for the day – and suddenly, I want to reward myself with FOOD! GAH! I know it’s stupid, but I can’t seem to break the “food = reward” relationship in my brain.
I remind myself that not every day is my birthday – but even that doesn’t always jump start my brain back into “healthy mode”.
How can I maintain the “high” I have after doing really well – and not ruin it by rewarding myself with food?!
I was chatting about this dilemma with my friend M and she had some funny thoughts on the subject: “Sometimes it’s not even about the reward – its like my body craves some high calorie, slutty food – I’ll get headaches, be in a bad mood, etc until I’m full again…sucks.”
She nailed it. I feel the same way! I either want to reward myself for doing good, feeling like I “earned it” – or I just plain CRAVE it. Like I will DIE if I don’t have it. BLAH! Lately I want salty/crunchy. Salt and I are not really friends…I swell up like the Michelin Man when I eat it -but of course, when I WANT something bad enough, I find a way around it. The next day I pay because I’m so swollen I can barely get my shoes on. Sigh!
So, how can I mentally reward myself – or maintain that “high” without undoing all my hard work?? Suggestions welcomed!