I have a problem with moderation. I’m developing an aversion to the word itself.
Let me tell you why…
The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s exciting and lovely to indulge in all things cozy, warm and comforting…including heavy meals, sweet treats and your soft, inviting couch. These are all good things that should certainly be enjoyed, but how do you enjoy it without the dreaded holiday weight gain and bloat? By practicing moderation, right?
Blah. I’ve heard it one too many times (and I’m guilty of using it all too often myself). Forgive my negativity. My issue is not with moderation in action, but rather with the overuse of a vague word that leaves many feeling directionless. If we all knew how to use this illusive “moderation” we’d all be fit, healthy and happy every day of our life.
We all WANT to practice moderation but it’s hard! How do we actually do it?
I’ve recently changed my approach. Rather than using the word moderation I encourage making intelligent choices.
Intelligent choices lead to successful moderation.
When it comes to health and fitness I support intelligence; making smart, informed choices on a consistent basis. Each day we’re faced with hundreds of opportunities to choose one thing over another. We can make an intelligent, well thought-out choice or we can make an impulsive, emotional choice. We hold the power.
Perhaps it’s choosing between making a bee-line to the couch when you get home or changing your clothes and going for a run. Perhaps it’s between a muffin or an apple for a mid-morning snack.
Making intelligent choices can transform you’re relationship with diet & exercise. Informed decisions take into account the bigger picture. For example, one venti salted caramel hot chocolate will not make you gain weight, that is a fundamental truth. However, continually choosing that particular drink, knowing that you’ve consumed one every morning for the past month will add up and will have a negative impact on your health. That is also a fundamental truth. Look at the situation honestly, consider the bigger picture and choose wisely.
So while there’s nothing inherently wrong with moderation, I believe the word itself has been used to vaguely describe a healthy lifestyle.
Perhaps you’ll have more success in practicing this moderation if you change your perspective to notice every time you have an opportunity to make a choice and proceed from there.
This week set a goal to make the healthier choice 80% of the time and make the indulgent choice 20% of the time. This is a key component in eliminating guilt. When you’re making smart, conscious decisions you no longer need to feel guilty when you indulge! Hallelujah.
You with me?
Give it a try and let me know how it goes…