Pain vs Pleause and The Diet Rollercoaster.
After my recent posts a friend introduced me to a book called “How to Lose Weight without dieting” by Jessica Robbins. Robbins expands on what I called “thinking slim” and introduces the reader to a number of theories and exercises to retrain the way we think about ourselves, our bodies and our ability to lose (or gain) weight. It hit the mark for me and I’ve now bought my own copy.
What I was most interested in was the idea of pain vs pleasure. Let’s say we start our comfortable with our bodies and then we eat because eating is pleasurable. Then we gain weight and no longer is eating pleasurable because we feel overweight, so we diet until we get back to where we are comfortable (even if it’s not our ideal). It’s at this point that the idea of dieting becomes more painful than the pleasure of our current state and so we stop our diet, are happy for a while until the cycle begins again.
This is totally it for me! Even last year when I wasn’t dieting I reached a place where I felt comfortable and consequently the concept of losing more weight seems like such an effort. In fact so much of an effort the cycle unwittingly starts again.
I’m finding it a fascinating read and feel very empowered to think that a big part of the “battle” can be won in my mind.