peacefulpath wrote:Pros must outweigh cons
An earlier study about what prevented young adults from eating more vegetables and fruit found that moving from precontemplation depended on how many benefits the young adults saw to changing. Yet moving from the next stage, contemplation, was more influenced by how many barriers they saw. A balance in favor of the benefits was the main indicator of a readiness to actually make the changes.
In the more recent study of women, how they thought about the "pros" and "cons" of dieting was also significantly related to the stage they were in regarding weight loss behaviors, like decreasing fat consumption and increasing exercise.
If you want to move forward in living a healthy lifestyle, the "pros" have to outweigh the "cons" in your mind.
Have any of you made your own lists of pros and cons. Here's some of mine.
Feeling in control of myself, my life and my choices.
Feeling that I am more self disciplined than self indulgent.
Having better overall health and not getting set back by as many colds and things.
Enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle - skiing, hiking, ...
Keeping up with my kids at full speed.
Having new acquaintances give me the benefit of the doubt rather than discriminate against me.
Being a much better cook than I used to be.
Not experiencing the lows of yo-yo'ing up and down so much in my emotions.
Knowing that my heart's in good shape for the long run.
Knowing that I've also reduced the risk of diabetes in the long run.
Knowing that I've, in general, reduced the risk of dying pre-maturely and leaving behind those I love.
Having to put so much thought and discipline into every food choice when so many unhealthy ones abound all around me and seem to be the cultural norm.
Getting a few snippy comments from time to time from people about how healthy I eat.
Dragging myself out of bed and working out on the days I really don't want to and not being able to sleep that extra beloved hour.
Planning ahead and skipping out on TV and a few other things so that I do get enough good sleep so I have the time to workout and the energy to plan and execute to plan.
Being a bit more boring person with all this moderation in all things. Life has less drama. But I suppose a bit of the drama was perversely fun.
Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring. ~ Jimmy Carter