Good Intention is Another Word for Insanity

by Annie on May 22, 2009 · 4 comments

in Healthy Living,Weight Loss & Body Image


Welcome to Small Steps to Health where we do not take orders from a cookie!

We all start a diet or exercise program with good intentions of following it through and seeing spectacular results.  Sometimes there might be a tinge of doubt, but we brush it aside and think that “this time it will be different.”  But is it really that different?

If you are the same person that failed the last attempt, what changed?  In most cases there is no emotional breakthrough that can justify this new hope.   And yet we always hope.  There is always a shining light that make us give this new diet or exercise program all our mighty efforts (at least during the first two weeks).  Because “what if this is the miracle I’ve been waiting for?”

But if you are still the same person who failed the last diet, you are going to fail this new one as well.  Dieting does not work! 

Good intentions are only an excuse for doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (or is that a sign of insanity?).   Stop the insanity!  Going low-carb, no-carb, or vegetarian is not the answer. 

When is the last time you tell yourself “no” when you salivate over that double chocolate crème pie?  When is the last time you tell yourself “no” when you slouch on that sofa with your feet on the ottoman with a big bowl of popcorn watching another re-run? 

When is the last time you said “yes” to a walk around the neighborhood after dinner?  When is the last time you said “yes” to drinking water over soda?  When is the last time you said “yes” to changing your lifestyle? 

Do you believe yourself to be “not the kind of person to turn down dessert and going wandering around my neighborhood.”  Well, that is just too bad.  Sometimes it is changing our long held beliefs of who we are that is going to finally help you win this weight loss war.  No point in fighting the same battle over and over again without gaining any ground.  But then again, you must be insane.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

Photo by:  Nicholas.

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Spring Girl May 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

That is a great conclusion – “…you must be insane.” Great points though especially about changing our beliefs about who we are.

Spring Girls last blog post……The cake is calling to me


asithi May 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

@Spring Girl – It is hard to change what is on the outside when how we feel on the inside is still the same. Thanks for the comment Spring Girl.


Sagan May 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Making the right changes for us is a great step!

Sagans last blog post……Fit Travels


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