My motivation to lose weight is being challenged by a big fat juicy pizza!
I burn Lavender Essential Oils in the house and it’s having a hard time competing with the mouth watering aroma of a Meat Lovers pizza!
Smells are such a trigger aren’t they? My motivation to lose weight is experiencing a subtle attack through the senses.
To me the smell of pizza makes me think of good times; movie nights snuggled on the couch, Monday night football, summer days on the beach and late night midnight snacks after a big night out. All blissfully happy moments. And let’s be real here, a slice of pizza isn’t going to kill anyone.
But it’s not part of my eating plan for the next 82 days so I need to disassociate these triggers of good times and make new associations.
In the past I would think nothing of inhaling three slices of pizza at the speed of light. Only at the end of my demolition would I savor the salty after taste of anchovies and olives.
But things are different now. My motivation to lose weight must reign supreme and I must associate good feelings with healthy nutritious foods.
Here’s one yummy food tip I’ll give you that I am hooked on right now.
Grab a bowl and scoop in 1 cup of low-fat natural yogurt, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey and sprinkle with a handful of chopped walnuts. YUM!!!
And incidentally according to WebMD Health News, “adding yogurt to your diet may rev up your body’s fat-burning engines, speed weight loss, and trim your tummy … Researchers found that obese adults who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt a day as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who simply cut calories and didn’t bone up on calcium. Yogurt eaters also lost 81% more fat in the stomach area than non-yogurt eaters.”
Now if that’s not a good enough reason to eat yogurt I don’t know what is.
So it’s about finding new yummy healthy food triggers. Now when I see a tub of low-fat natural yogurt I start to drool like I used to with a big fat juicy pizza. It’s just a different mind-set.
So how do you put a new mind-set into action?
Learn to associate PLEASURE with the foods that are going to keep your motivation to lose weight in check and learn to associate PAIN to the foods that are going to sabotage your motivation to lose weight.
It’ll be worth it in the long run.
What’s YOUR motivation to lose weight?
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