We sometime feel frustrated because we don’t do anything about our weight issues. We become lazy and uninspired to do anything about it. What is that that gets some people moving towards their weight loss goals. We see these people moving and nothing stops them from achieving their goals. Their focus is laser like. Their focus is guiding them to their destination with resolve.
How can you have this type of focus? How can you be inspired to do something about your weight issues?
Pain and pleasure
The key is hidden in your tolerance to pain and what you experience as pleasure. When it comes to weight loss, many people don’t act until there is so much pain that it forces them to act. For example, when your doctor tells you that you must lose weight or else you could die what would you do? How motivating is that for you to change? It all depends on what you experience as pain and pleasure.
For some, the pain of apparent death is so painful that the pain and sacrifice of exercise is worth it to stay alive. These people will put off pleasure to experience pain. They will experience pain first and pleasure afterwards.
The wrong order is to experience pleasure first and then pain. This order will keep you overweight and frustrated. Let’s see examples as to how this works.
Pain and then pleasure
You might be in a situation where everyone around you is eating unhealthy foods and you want to stay committed to your weight loss goals by avoiding unhealthy foods. The pain of passing up great tasting food is powerful but you don’t give in. Not to mention the pressure you’ll receive by the offers of food. You’ll experience pleasure afterwards knowing that you didn’t sabotage. You keep your integrity and your self-esteem is maintained if not increased. You don’t experience feelings of guilt. Another word for this type of behavior is called delayed gratification. Where you purposefully delay gratifying things that will sabotage you to experience pleasure later.
Pleasure and then pain
Let’s take the same scenario and say you wanted to experience pleasure first by eating unhealthy foods. The pleasure in enjoying the taste of the unhealthy food is powerful. So powerful that you don’t delay the gratification. As time goes by you feel the guilt of eating unhealthy foods. You feel fat, sluggish and slow. You wonder then why you don’t have discipline to say no. This is the experience of feeling the pain afterwards.
The point here is to experience the pain first and then feel the pleasure. Delay gratification is due process. It’s essential to apply the technique of pain and pleasure. Practice delaying gratification so that you don’t sabotage. That’s what it’s all about. You must practice this technique to be successful when it comes to weight loss. It’s your choice. What are you going to choose?