Do you set yourself up to fail? Do you sabotage your own good intentions? Now, some of you may be thinking, “Of course not! Is that woman crazy?” but hear me out. Because, you know, I have learned that I do just that. I go to a high calories, high fat restaurant when I know I’m trying to lose weight. McDonald’s, anyone? Really, any restaurant can sabotage your diet if you’re not willing and capable of turning away from the pictures on the menu. If the fat free, no sugar added salad with no dressing was really that good, it’d have a picture on the menu, right?
I have plenty of days where I’m doing good, I know my calorie intake is where it should be, I know I am getting exercise in, and my husband suggests going out to dinner. Suddenly the grilled fish with vegetables doesn’t look so great. I can practically taste a cheeseburger right now…so I agree, even though I know once I get home and enter in the numbers my day will be shot to hell. I know this, but somehow it still manages to surprise me every time.
The same thing often happens with money. We’ll be doing good, staying on track with the budget and then I see something I have to have, or one of the kids or my husband will, and I won’t say no. Or we’re coming so close to paying off all our credit cards, so I think it’s a perfect time to buy that new flat screen for $1200. Why? Why do I do these things? All they do is leave me feeling defeated once the excitement of indulging in that burger or that bright, shiny TV wears off. More importantly those hasty, spur-of-the moment decisions keep me right where I am. Maybe subconsciously I’m afraid of losing the weight, or becoming debt-free. Part of me is afraid of meeting goals and not having anything to work toward anymore.
Am I the only one who subconsciously self-sabotages, or do you catch yourself doing it too?