“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then just eat one of the pieces.” Judith Viorst
I can so relate to this. We have all been brought up with different ways of handling setbacks in our lives. For some of us it may have been food but whatever it is, our response is a habit that can be tied to learned behaviours as a child. Many a time I’ve had an internal conversation about how I don’t need whatever it is right now, whether that be food, a T.V. break or some retail therapy. Depending on the emotional need I have to prop up that behaviour at the time, I will go ahead with the justifications or turn my back on the temptation.
It’s helpful if we can recognise the behaviour that is tied to the habits of a lifetime, habits that have been linked to comfortable routine. We can’t change them if we don’t see them for what they are. Mind you we may not want to and that’s another story. If you feel guilty and have the internal criticism or judgement going on, the trick is to notice the emotion you are feeling when reaching for that extra piece of pizza or chips. What is it about? When and how did it start? Do you really need something out of grans lolly jar when you have an injury? Do you really need to reward yourself with several beers while watching the rugby at the end of a long hard week, when one could have been enough?
Enjoy looking back at the emotional responses in your life!