I read a post on LeanGains (not sure if I've got it word for word but...). A study on three children: each sat next to a desk with a marshmallow on top, the children could either eat it now and receive no more marshmallows or wait 20 minutes at which time they would receive one more marshmallow. Two of the children sat obsessed with the marshmallow, looking at the clock every second to see if the time had gone down yet. The other child did not look once at the clock or the marshmallow. He simply ignored it. Unsurprisingly the two children who obsessed over it ended up eating it before the 20 minutes and did not receive another marshmallow. The child who ignored the marshmallow ended up the reward of a second marshmallow after the 20 minutes.
So, obsess over goals and we will never (or find it very hard) to achieve them. Forget about them and we succeed.
OK, I'm one of the first two children. I was trying to break the sub 10% BF mark for months on a carb cycling diet counting calories and carbs to a tee but I always fell flat on my face ending up over indulging on the high carb days. The past twenty days or so I have gone back to primal and am now 8.9% according to skinfold!!! Obviously this is great great progress in twenty days which I put down to only eating when hungry instead of frequent meals to keep the metabolism burning and IF.
However I have a problem. I can't stop thinking about the marshmallow. It's taking over my life! when I eat my mind analyses my food: those sausages, fatty, but how many sneaky carbs?. When I IF: what if I've gone on too long and muscle breakdown is occurring? I don't think I've eaten enough protein today... but I'm not hungry! Should I have had that teaspoon of cream in my coffee? Dairy dairy dairy, insulin insulin insulin! The words: carbs, fats and proteins running through my head... OK you get the idea, I'm obsessed. All I want is to live my life without thinking about it so much but it is just so hard when living primally is so different from the normal every day life of those around me. (I watch in disgust as my family gorge on bread and grow ever fatter even after explaining that carbs are the problem - not fat!)
Does anyone else feel obsessed with their goal? Should I worry if I don't think I've eaten enough protein? How do you forget about your marshmallow? Help please!
Sorry for the gargantuan post here guys! I know I should just relax and forget about it... but how do I stop thinking about it?