So what does work when your internal reward system is on the blink? Nothing works. In fact, that’s where so many people are in the weight loss journey. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same things expecting different results? When the neuropaths are entrenched and the dopamine receptors shuts down, you have to make some changes.
Where you can’t, God can. At this point in your journey, your motivation is gone. You have to receive a reason to continue from outside yourself. Someone once said if you have a good enough “why” then you can do anything. Maybe not. Even people with serious health problems can’t seem to find a good enough “why”.
Obviously, there has to be a change. We don’t handle change well. People feel safe doing what they’re doing even if it isn’t good.
There has to be a restoration. We have to forge new neuropaths and new connections to our reward systems. When something goes wrong in life, the shortest path to action is what we determine helps the most. The path to the Twinkie is the easiest path to comfort. We have to change that path.
The Twinkie is a false fix. False fixes are ways we have learned to cope, and they don’t help our weight loss progress. A Twinkie is not a healthy fix to our problems. Most of our problems are not food problems. They are mental problems. It may be boredom, anxiety, worry, inability to cope, and depression. Instead of going to the Twinkie for our comfort, we need to make alternate rewards.
Eating a proper diet will eliminate the food problem. Finding alternate fixes will repair the neuropaths and dopamine reward receptors, thus restoring ourselves to God’s normal for us.
The main thing is to know there has to be a change. The next step is learning what to change. The finally step is implementing that change which is the challenging step that will bring restoration.