Weight Loss for Food-Lovers with Molly Zemek
Episode 73 – Discomfort Either Way
In this episode Molly takes a closer look at discomfort. There are many impediments along the journey to change your relationship to food and drink but one of the most common barriers is discomfort. We can either learn to live with it or turn to immediate gratification, but both come with rewards and consequences.
Turning to food might provide a momentary relief but if we take a look at our patterns we might find more often than not that the feeling isn’t lasting. The reward pales in comparison to the larger reward of sticking to your plan and making progress told your goal. In order to combat discomfort it’s important to pay attention to your thought process and gain insight form the patterns that form.
Molly shares simple yet practical tools for making the most of discomfort and getting a fresh perspective to be able to promote change. By committing to being compassionate with yourself and honoring the journey – however that looks, you can hold strong when your automatic thoughts suggest taking the easy road. And it’s not without rewards either. Like Molly said, success gets compounded every time you stick to your goal.
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Having recurring thoughts that it’s easier to stay complacent is detrimental to progress
When you don’t feel like doing something, it’s because it’s easier. When it comes to eating or drinking, it is a trick our brain plays on it. It’s an unconscious thought that you have practice believing
There are differing degrees of discomfort – until you start to see the truth it can be difficult to make a choice and make a change
One of the most common thoughts: Food or alcohol makes things easier in the moment
Easier because we don’t have to deal with how we feel, or it feels good momentarily or it helps us to transition into a different part of the day
Your brain wants to keep the habit going – it will suggest that you simply forget about it or that it is something that you should feel bad about. Both reactions motivate to you keep turning to food and alcohol more than you want to.
There is some fleeting pleasure when you eat or drink but there is almost always more discomfort than pleasure on the backside
When you give in to that momentary desire for pleasure, there are uncomfortable consequences.
One of the ways to start bringing awareness to what’s happening is by first understanding the truth – you can only do that after the fact, not in the moment
Write down what happened and remind yourself what really happened
Your brain will try to tell you it’s too hard but use your higher consciousness to evaluate this thought
If you’re willing to sit with the discomfort on the other end you get to experience a reward, a sense of confidence and capability that more than make up for that fleeting pleasure.
Consider whether there is a kind and compassionate way to talk back to yourself when you’re having these thoughts and to challenge them in the moment
Success gets compounded every time you choose to stick to your plan
“This idea that there is an easy path 100% of the time is a lie”
“They are not thoughts that are unique to you.”
“When you overeat or over drink more than you want to, the natural tendency is to go unconscious and to not think about it at all. You get into the habit and you’re simply doing it for pleasure or to avoid something.”
“While there is some fleeting pleasure when you eat or drink there is almost always more discomfort than pleasure on the backside.”
“Introduce the possibility that there is an alternative.”
“Either way you are creating and reinforcing a habit so think carefully about which one you’d rather reinforce, which one you want to believe in the moment.”
“If I know there is going to be discomfort either way, what do I want to do? Will that change my willingness to go over what I want most.”
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