Today’s post comes from the inspiration of Katie over at www.head-heart-health.com.
Almost all changes within diet and exercise can turn into a cycle that builds momentum over time and brings ever increasing results.
The aim of the Scoreboard is to help you build a positive cycle where you have more fun and get in better shape month after month. In fact all information on this site is about building positive cycles.
Unfortunately there are also negative cycles that can cause your health and well being to tailspin into an ever darkening void.
This diet cycle is one such example:
A few things to note about the diet cycle:
-> The cycle gains fuel and momentum with negative self talk. The more you beat yourself up, the more momentum it builds.
-> The cycle can gain fuel with each new diet or resolve to work on a new plan. Just when your cycle may be losing steam (as all cycles do) the latest and greatest trend pops up and away you go all over again!
-> Slowing down or stopping the momentum of the cycle is difficult to do by removing just one part of it. The best way to gain control is to lessen or eliminate as many components all at once. If you simply remove one or two components the other parts will still fuel the regeneration of those parts.
-> Like all things with momentum, it’s best to slow down rather than stop. This can be difficult for the dieter since their thinking can be an all or nothing approach towards food and self esteem. However if it’s possible to just shrink most of the components then the momentum can shift and eventually slow down.
-> Finally, once the cycle is stopped it’s important to be on the look out for any of the components to prevent it from starting up again. Once it’s been running, it’s much easier to start up. Daily focus is required to prevent it from taking off on you again.
In my next post I’ll draw up my Healthy eating Cycle so we can see how we can use cycles to our benefit.