Part of the answer to this question may relate to our need to sooth ourselves, and care for ourselves on an unconscious level. Coffee for me is a major problem and I am working at drinking it less. OK, it is not the only one. I don't want to give it up, I just want to enjoy it more fully when I choose to have a cup. Like a Zen moment, I want to experience the aroma, the warmth, and the taste. I vaguely remember an episode of Mash in which Hawkeye talks about drinking alcohol while converses with a friend. His comment related to his desire to choose his behavior, and not to have the alcohol be in control of his actions. The foods and beverages that we crave are often physically addictive and we develop beliefs regarding them. The minute I say to myself that "I can't get through the day without coffee", I have put a padlock on my ability to change my behavior. If I can challenge that thought, I now I have an opportunity to have some degree of control over my own actions. Our behaviors are often driven by unconscious forces and directions. If we could consciously just say "don't do it", don't eat that second piece of cake or the fifth cookie, we would all be comfortable with our weight and our diet. Unfortunately that is not the case. As we decide upon a goal, and make a conscious choice to do something, there is typically an opposing force that seems to get in our way. One way to overcome some habit that we don't want, and which has great momentum, is to learn about the part of ourselves that is resistant. We need to somehow bring that part of us into our conscious awareness. This all may seem silly, and yet we know there is always a resistant part that gets in our way. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it is not there. It is probably helpful to understand that the resistant part has its own ideas about how to help us. One conflict might be that we want to lose weight and we need to feel nurtured at the same time. The cookie that we don't want to eat may give us comfort. If we start from a place of saying we can't change some habit we are in trouble. But it may take more than pure will power, much of the time to achieve our desired result. Using your bad habit as a form of meditation might be helpful. Be mindful when you are eating the cookie, cake, or favorite beverage.
So Why is it so Hard to Lose Weight in a Pandemic
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