Sod-it Mode

‘Sod-it mode’ is the watered down term for what I call the point when you give in to your cravings. You can resist temptation no more, the goblin wins again. I see it in others now daily, and recognise that I very readily used to switch to sod-it mode. I actually used to say it, although using a slightly different word, as I finished up yet another packet of biscuits. When people have entered this state they almost always say something similar to sod-it to justify, out loud, their action, (of having cake, crisps, chocolate etc) followed by some excuse.

The ones I hear regularly are;
1. Life is too short, you only live once etc
2. I will start dieting tomorrow, I will make up for it tomorrow etc
3. I have had a stressful day, I have had a busy day, I deserve a treat etc
4. I went to the gym today, I will go to the gym tomorrow, I have burnt a lot of calories today etc

No doubt you can add a few more to that list. It is a strange phenomenon that we feel the need to justify our failure to others, when really it is to ourselves. New Year’s resolutions are a great example. I don’t know about you but I had an annual ritual that included losing weight, joining a gym and getting fit, you know the ones. I was lucky if I lasted a week, all I was doing was setting myself up to fail. One thing diet failures become very good at – excuses.

“He [or she] that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Benjamin Franklin

I have always thought I had the willpower. I would have sworn I had total control of my actions. But I was a superb excuse maker. I actually remember telling my partner, I could lose weight if I wanted to. The reply I got was “so why don’t you want to lose weight then?”

This stopped me in my tracks somewhat. The thing with excuses is they crumble very easily when challenged. I actually wanted nothing more and she knew it. But excuses are what we hide behind when we are overweight, we have nothing else, it is easier than admitting to failure. Any excuse will do, no matter how feeble.

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