Something I touched upon in my last post is the battle between being greedy and being vain. As in, when someone has become overweight through overeating/making unhealthy choices, each time they encounter, let’s say, a delicious slice of chocolate gateaux, they have to decide which is more important to them:
1. To satisfy the urge to eat the delicious cake (instant gratification); or
2. To satisfy the urge to have an attractive body, thus rejecting the cake (deferred gratification).
This has been a lifelong struggle for me. I think my problem is that I am very impulsive, and hate waiting for things, hence the instant gratification that comes via being greedy suits me perfectly. As you’ll gave gathered, greed has definitely been winning the battle recently.
By coincidence, I came across an article yesterday about the domestic goddess herself, Nigella Lawson, where she mentioned having the exact same problem:
‘There are times when I want to lose weight. I suppose the difference is I don’t want to be as thin. Greed always outweighs my vanity.’
Here’s one of the things I’m trying to do to make sure that my vanity always beats my greed: taking fortnightly weight loss progress pictures really appeals to my sense of vanity. I can’t look at my current pictures without feeling appalled with how I have let myself go. Each time I look at them, it renews my motivation. There is also something brutally honest about photos. I can’t suck my stomach in like I might do in front of the mirror (I would only be kidding myself), and the flash of the camera is merciless. Not to mention that I got a glimpse of my back-fat for the very first time. I hadn’t appreciated that I have the back/ass equivalent of ‘cankles’, which is where a person’s calves merge into their ankles. I hereby dub this problem ‘bass’…. hopefully I won’t have bass for much longer!