I was sitting here thinking about why I have trouble sticking to my guns when it comes to weight loss and good health. Suddenly there was an epiphany! I know why I have so much trouble with this. It’s called INSTANT GRATIFICATION. Let me explain. When I’m trying to eat correctly and exercising, I know that it’s going to take a while. I KNOW THIS. And yet, I look down the road and get discouraged when I think about how long it’s really going to take. And here’s the thing…I LOVE food. I know there are all kinds of reasons that people overeat. I used to work for Weight Watchers, so I know them all. Boredom, depression, sadness, loneliness, even happiness. But none of those are my problems. I just love food! And eating food is instant gratification. It’s so yummy. It makes me happy RIGHT NOW. And we are a world of instant gratification, aren’t we? We want everything at the very moment we think of it. Remember back when you ordered something and they said it would take 4-6 weeks for it to arrive? Not anymore! Companies like Amazon have gotten us accustomed to getting things quickly. And that’s not really a bad thing. But it does change the way we look at things in general. We don’t want to wait. For anything.
After realizing all of this, I’m having problems figuring out how I can use this knowledge about myself to my advantage. How can I “put off” the gratification until I can see real results? What do you all think? How do you make yourself opt for the long term instead of the short term results?