- Schedule Change: Tonight’s 6:30pm Active Recovery Class is cancelled.
- CFSBK is in the process of redesigning its website (not too much!) with the help of the fantastic Chris Y. (Seriously, isn’t he great, guys?) Now we’re looking for a web developer to help us see the project through. Have professional services to offer? E-mail david [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com if you’re interested.
There Is No Wagon: Thoughts on Binge Eating and Dieting
By Chris Fox
Editor’s Note: Paul A. (who is currently honeymooning among the Hobbits of the Shire in New Zealand) recently sent Coach Fox an e-mail letting him know that his article “There Is No Wagon” is now being used as training material at Paul’s former school, Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School. The post, Paul writes, “is now being used as a framing for a teacher professional development session on building relationships with the same message that it’s not about a ‘wagon’ picking you up, but about making more good small choices than bad ones!” So awesome! This article was originally posted on 1.17.2014.
You cannot fall off the wagon. You cannot get back on it. There is in fact, no wagon. You are self propelled, and you make your way down your own path.
I’ve heard it countless times and had said it myself for years…”I’ve got to get back on the wagon”. This language seems to allow for some other power, in this case The Wagon, to make or break us. We make a big change in our lifestyle that seems like it will make everything better. That if we can stick to it we will once and for all be happy. We decide to get on The Wagon. We choose a date, prepare for it, and then go full steam ahead. At first it’s great, this is when you’re riding the momentum created by the hope of change, or of something changing you. Then some of the reality settles in and you stray a bit from The Wagon. You “mess up” and feel guilty. Maybe you even “mess up” a little more because of the guilt. So what do you do now? This is the point where you can move further off your path (have a second or third beer, order dessert after pizza, have a crappy dinner since you “messed up” at lunch, etc…) or turn back toward it (make your next decision one that lines up with your values and priorities). You can eat like crap all day and it’s still only one day. Health and fitness is not made or broken in one day alone. Be nice to yourself, don’t beat yourself up about it. And importantly, don’t wait for some wagon to come along and pick you up.
If you find yourself in a cycle like this then consider a few things. First, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or a failure. It means you’re just like everyone else. Fit people don’t magically not crave “bad” foods or never have trouble abstaining from unhealthy treats, and it’s hard for them to get to the gym sometimes, too. They even kick back and have a few drinks and french fries every now and then. What they do is consistently make more good decisions than poor ones. They live more in line with long term values and less with instant gratification. Try this: Think about what you value, then think of a few small actions you can take right now to live in line with those values. It’s important to realize that we are constantly making small decisions about how we will live and who we’ll be. This means that you can make a choice to have an all weekend bender or give in to a craving for the office donuts. That’s ok. It also means that you can make your next choice one that you are ok with, that makes you happy, and that is in line with your values. Be nice to yourself and put one foot in front of the other. Don’t wait for The Wagon to come around again and pick you up.
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