Category Archives: Fitness Pitfalls

Put a Lock on that Trigger

Hi-ho Trigger!

Triggers are anything that can cause a reaction that is difficult to control. Many people who have struggled to maintain a healthy weight know this pitfall. Something happens, and your answer is to eat.

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Brian teaches evening classes three nights a week, and gets home late. He’s hungry – he hasn’t eaten since a hurried dinner between clients. But his evening snack is a huge trigger for me. My self-control is at low ebb by that time. It takes a lot for me to resist joining him, and I am too tired to make good choices. I end up binging.

It’s not his responsibility to go without. It’s my responsibility to say no. I have to have a plan in place. Go brush my teeth, to reinforce that I am done for the day. Grab my book, and continue my own bedtime routine. Reserve some of my daily calories, and keep a healthy snack nearby that won’t exceed my allowance. Play solitaire on my tablet, so I start feeling sleepy. Some nights it’s harder than others. But knowing my trigger and having a plan ready helps me stay in control.

Triggers vary from person to person. For some, on the job stress can trigger a binge. Maybe it’s when the kids get off the bus and grab snacks for themselves. It could be simple presence of a certain food – a food that might have been fine in moderation. Learn to recognize yours, and have a plan ready.

Need help making a plan?

Brian can assist, no matter what your trigger might be!

Fitness Pitfall #1: “Let’s Make a Deal”

How is a pair of shoes like a piece of cake?

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“I don’t have very much money … But I didn’t buy that dress last week, so I’ll treat myself to these shoes today!”

We have all made those mental bargains.

But our check account does not know the difference between the dress we didn’t buy, and the shoes we did. If there isn’t enough money, there isn’t enough money.

It’s the same way with calories. We might pass up the chicken wings – then reward ourselves for being good by having a piece of cake.

But if we exceed our allotted calories, our body will not not know the difference between wings and cake.

You need to treat yourself sometimes, whether with a pair of shoes, or a slice of yummy cake. But check your budget first! The shoes might have to wait for the next paycheck, and the cake might have to wait for another day.

Budget wisely!