Two Seconds Can Make or Break Your Weight-Loss Efforts

Every single day we make hundreds of decisions: “Do I hit the snooze button one more time,”  “What should I wear,” “What route should I take to work,” “Do I want a cup of coffee or should I go with a tea?”  Sure, we make monumental decisions too, but usually those aren’t as frequent.

Do you realize that a lot of the decisions that you make every day are made in just a couple of seconds? In one on my favorite books, “Blink,” author Malcolm Gladwell talks about those two seconds–really crucial seconds-that we take to “decide.”

Malcolm had this to say: “In “Blink” I’m trying to understand those two seconds. What is going on inside our heads when we engage in rapid cognition? When are snap judgments good and when are they not? What kinds of things can we do to make our powers of rapid cognition better?”I’m always searching for those answers, too, in my personal and business life. Some sort of action follows the decisions I make. No matter what I set out to do, I want to make sure I get the results I want. It all starts with my decisions.

As Weight Watchers members, we can’t downplay the small decisions we make. Our weight-loss success is based on dozens upon dozens of choices we make each and every day. What we decide to do will either make or break our efforts

To make the healthy changes we want our lives to be based on, we have to be more aware (and maybe think decisions through a little longer) before we make snap judgments that won’t give us the results we want. We have to change what was once our status quo.

When we tell ourselves that we don’t have time to exercise or fit in a Weight Watchers meeting today, we have to pause and rethink that knee jerk train of thought   We have to change it around if we really want results.

When we go out to eat, we have to decide to ask the server not to put the roll basket on the table and to put the salad dressing “on the side.” Other choices come into play, too, like asking for healthier substitutions or how the food is prepared. Are we going to have dessert, share it, or skip it?

Then there other decisions we have to make on a daily basis like : packing a nutritious lunch, putting a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into our grocery cart, keeping track of what we eat and how much we exercise, choosing the bag of popcorn over the bag of chips, swapping out junk foods with good foods, getting right back on track if we have a relapse, planning out our meals and snacks for the day and lacing up our shoes and going outside for a brisk walk no matter what the weather is like.

Decisions, decisions!  Our day is built upon them. As small as they each may seem, they all add up.

Look at each of the decisions you make every day and separate the good from the not-so-good.  If something you’re doing is helping you get what you want, stick with it! If you don’t like the result it’s bringing about, give yourself a few more seconds to rethink it and come up with something that will work for you and not against you.