Why I Want to Eat Food as Fuel

and Do What’s Planned

Writing down the advantages of our goals helps reinforce why we picked them. Reminders keep us on track.

Here are the advantages and reminders of two of my goals: eating food as fuel and doing what’s planned.

Advantages

  1. I make all food and schedule choices ahead of time so feel less decision fatigue.
  2. It is easier to plan, shop for and prepare our meals.
  3. I maximize nutrients by eating what I know is healthy in the proper proportion each day.
  4. My daily food plan is predictable, therefore easy, and made up of my favorite foods that feel good in my body after I eat them.
  5. I have found my natural weight; one that is practical for me. It’s where my body stays when I listen to it and feed it and take care of it. This cooperation with my body frees me up to be comfortable in the world so I can use my energy to create a brilliant life aligned with my healthy, wealthy and wise intentions.
  6. The process of getting to a place where I don’t overeat is a reward in and of itself. It creates freedom that lasts for the rest of my life.
  7. I am learning from my setbacks and removing them as issues in my life.
  8. I am building my emotional foundation so I feel strong and lean, not only physically but also emotionally.
  9. I am applying deduction to all areas of my life and eliminating buffering, overeating, overspending, procrastinating and overworking.
  10. I can model for my family how to calm myself by breathing, connecting with them, exercising, drinking tea and broth, managing my mental mindset, working on an album, reading, cleaning or doing a house project.
  11. I feel better eliminating acidic foods, simple carbohydrates (sugar/flour) and preservatives from my diet. Others don’t eat certain foods, so I can say no, too, and not feel deprived or rude to refuse to eat them.
  12. Healthy lifestyle routines like eating a clean diet and exercising help reduce cell damage and slow the aging process. Aerobic exercise even helps nerve cells in the brain form new connections and reduces shrinkage in the hippocampus, leading to a more youthful brain. A healthy diet and lifestyle can also reduce the burden of inflammation in my body, another factor that likely contributes to aging and chronic health problems, like autoimmune disease, heart disease, and cancer.

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Reminders

1. The skills I have learned to motivate myself, handle discouragement, accept discomfort, and develop self-confidence will be transferred to taking on new challenges and persevering when working toward goals that are meaningful and important to me.

2. Ask myself, ‘Did I do a reasonable job today, given what I have control over and what I don’t?’

3. The path to a better life is in changing that day to day routine. It’s in giving up the routines that caused you to get into debt or to get heavy in the first place and find better routines, and then mindfully practicing those routines until they become the new normal in your life.

4. Then, you’re a changed person. Your life path has changed. You’re headed to a new destination.

5. If I start to worry that I won’t be able to keep going, remember that things are very different this time. I’ve learned how to eat, spend money and time in a way that I can keep up long term. I’ve learned how to get myself to stay on track. I’ve learned how to deal with hunger and desire and how to address my sabotaging thoughts.

6. Remember it’s not a question of if I’ll make a mistake, it’s when. Accept my imperfections, run a model, and move on. Turn your attention to something else.

7. If I feel deprived, think about which deprivation I’d rather live with: being deprived of some food or piece of clothing or spontaneous fun or being deprived of all the benefits of  financial freedom, eating whole foods, super health, a beautiful home, an inspiring career, minimal things, a growing mind, strong relationships with family and friends and living in line with my core beliefs.

8. If I feel burdened, ask myself which burden you want: the burden of controlling your eating and spending or the many burdens of being overweight and in debt?

9. If I feel a lack of willpower, remember how I was able to persevere in the past when you had an important goal.

10. If I feel apathetic, remind myself that I will very soon care greatly if I give in and overeat. Or overspend. Or procrastinate. Or let myrself get distracted.

11. When I’m going through a difficult time and start thinking about the future, I change my focus. I think about right now. Can I stay in control at this moment? If I have a problem later on, I can solve it then.

12. If I feel discouraged, think about all the easier hours of the week and focus on just doing what I need to do today.

13. I don’t have to worry about how I’ll be able to stay in control in the future because by the time the future comes, I’ll have had so much more practice and be so much better at staying on track. When I face tough times, I’ll find it easier to say, “Big deal, so it’s been hard during a few hours this week. I’ve gotten through lots of weeks like this. I know I can get through this one, too.”

14. While working towards my goals (losing weight, earning money, frugal spending, creating photo albums for my family, building a coaching practice) sometimes feels difficult, the results will be worth it. The commitments I’ve made to myself are too important to give up on, no matter what I may think or feel at any given moment

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