I just read a fabulous post on another blog (http://lynnsweigh.blogspot.com) about commitment. It really made me ponder the difference between motivation and commitment. Motivation can require external cues, but it is most effective if it comes from within. However, I find it extremely easy to lose motivation. My motivations for losing weight include looking better, feeling better, avoiding future health problems, and not being a burden to my family when I develop obesity related health issues. These are all very valid. Somehow, those tend to be lost when I felt that desire to binge.
Commitment, on the other hand, means that I have made a pledge or promise to myself. Yes, promises can be broken. Somehow, though, being committed to a lifelong goal of eating healthy translates into doing so whether I want to or not.
The psychological aspects of conquering a pattern of disordered eating are so much more complicated than simply eating healthy, aren't they?
I've done fairly well this week. I ate a few things today that weren't really within my eating plan, but it didn't turn into a binge fest or even really overeating. I plan to weigh myself tomorrow or Sunday, since Sunday will be three weeks since I began my new vegan eating plan.
I'm excited to see what the scales will say!