What is your Kryptonite?

Everyone knows Superman loses his strength and abilities around Kryptonite, but did you know we all have our very own Kryptonite too?

Yes indeed!! Some foods and drinks literally make our brains quit working right, and no matter how strong we normally are, we lose complete power and do stupid things. For some it’s chocolate, for others it’s a bag of chips. No matter what your Kryptonite is, it’s crucial you discover it and share it with your loved ones so it can be avoided.

How do you know what your Krypotonite is? It’s simple. It’s something, often a food or beverage, that makes you lose all power over making intelligent healthy decisions. You can’t resist it, it’s never enough to just taste it, and you will always want more.

Another clue that you are dealing with your own Kryptonite is it often has side effects that cause a chain reaction. For instance, one glass of wine is OK but, before you know it, you’ve consumed more liquid calories than you originally planned. If that wasn’t bad enough, you begin to dig in the pantry for some snacks. Then  salty snacks require more fluids to wash it down, throwing you in a vicious circle of consuming empty calories.

Your Kryptonite may not just be a food or beverage, it may be a person or place. It could be that one person that seems to convince you to share high-calorie appetizers or that restaurant that has your favorite dessert. Whatever your Kryptonite is, you always make bad decisions when you are around it and it must be avoided at all cost.

Your Kryptonite may not be something you do, but actually something you don’t do. For instance, “when I don’t run in the morning, or go to the gym, I don’t stick to my diet”. This person’s lack of action cause a negative re-action.

Lastly, you can know you are dealing with Kryptonite when you realize it has paralyzed you from making progress. There is rarely anything good that comes from our Kryptonite – and we must realize our Kryptonite may not be someone else’s Kryptonite. Either way, it’s serious to us and we have to do everything we can to protect ourselves.

Humans are habitual beings. We do the same things over and over, and unfortunately, we make the same mistakes over and over – but that’s a good thing! It makes it easier to identify those mistakes.

Once you’ve identified your Kryptonite, here are a few steps to take to ensure you can stay strong:

 1. Write it down. Write your Kryptonite(s) down and post it in the kitchen or office so your family and friends can help protect you from those things.
 2. Mark your calendar. Another great thing about habits is they can be broken.  Most studies say it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to break a habit but, unfortunately, many people don’t attempt anything consistently for that long of a period. Mark day 1 on your calendar and keep track of how long you have been Kryptonite free.
 3. Find a replacement. It can be very difficult to simply remove something from your life without replacing it. Trade high-calorie chips for 100 calorie popcorn or swap chocolate for a sugar-free chocolate pudding pop.
 4. Start over. The reason people continue to battle with their weight, even if they have lost weight, is because they stick to following their goals for a few weeks, and once they succeed, they allow themselves to fall back into their old ways. Instead, follow your 3-6 week plan, then treat yourself and then go directly back into another 3-6 week cycle. This protects you from an occasional treat becoming a daily habit again.

For more diet and fitness tips, subscribe to my blog! Also join me at FitStudio, for more great advice and workouts!


About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 19, 2011, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Exercise & Training, Goals, Motivational, Self-Help. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My kryptonite isn’t so much food as it is sleep deprivation. If I don’t get enough sleep, the rest of my plan/day crumbles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: