Saturday, January 12, 2013

What if you don't?

I love listening to Jillian Michaels' podcasts when I do my longer runs.  She and her producer, Janice, are hilarious together.  I get laughs and information while I run!  Recently, Jillian said something in a podcast that has stuck in my head.

A woman called in and was asking for advice on something, I don't remember what it was specifically, but I do remember Jillian telling her that in a moment when she's about to give in to a craving, she should stop and ask herself - "What will happen if you don't _____ ?" 

As in - what will happen if you don't eat that ice cream, or pick the fast food place,or sit on the couch instead of exercising?
It was a new outlook for me.  Rarely, when I'm in the moment of giving into a bad habit, do I stop and ask myself What will happen if you don't?  I almost always ask what will happen if I do - and I can almost always justify giving in.  "If I DO have this extra piece of chocolate, it's okay because I'll still have a calorie deficit today, just not as much." or "If I DO choose to skip this workout, it's okay because I did work out really hard yesterday."

But the answer to "What if I don't" is different. 

What if I DON'T eat the extra piece of chocolate? Answer: I'll stay within my calorie range and reach my goal faster.  I feel good that I made the right choice.  I won't die of starvation because of one piece of chocolate.  I'll go to bed feeling better.

What if I DON'T skip this workout? Answer:  I'll feel better.  I'll burn more calories.  I'll sleep better tonight.  I'll get to my goal faster.  I'll fit in those jeans sooner.

Next time you find yourself eyeing up the ice cream, or contemplating skipping a workout - ask yourself "What if I don't?"


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