What is Self Sabotaging Behavior?

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This is a topic that is dear to my heart because of my background in mental health and social work… and because I continue to struggle with this day in and day out.

According to Psychology Today , “Behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common self-sabotaging behaviors are procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, and comfort eating. These acts may seem helpful in the moment, but they ultimately undermine us, especially when we engage in them repeatedly.”

This definition alone hits home in a hard way! How many of us self sabotage ourselves from reaching a goal? I know I do!

There are so many ways one can self sabotage, but for the sake of this blog, we are going to talk about the eating and exercising side of self sabotage.

I want to offer you a great example of self sabotage. It goes like this:

You are eating great all day, nutrition is on point and you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. You feel good. Until your coworker brings in cupcakes and says those dreaded words “just have one. It won’t kill you!” So you start to rationalize it in your head telling yourself “well I did get my workout in today, and it will only be one” – and before you know it, you have devoured the cupcake in less than 5 seconds. After that, some guilt sets in and you get mad at yourself. A few minutes later you are looking at those cupcakes telling yourself that you already blew it for the day so why not eat another… and then that second leads to a third and fourth. By the time you get home from work, you think you’ve already messed up so bad so why not order pizza for dinner.

Basically instead of just stopping at that one cupcake, you have self sabotaged the whole day.

But it also can happen with your workouts, ladies.

Missing one workout is not the same as missing five workout. Or that day you think to yourself, “I only have 30 minutes today”, so there is no possible way to get it my full good workout, so I just won’t do it.

The thing is, a 30 minute workout is better than no workout. So it’s the same concept as the food – our minds play tricks on us and our subconscious will start talking us out of working out all together. Your mind is a POWERFUL thing friend. Be aware of this!

Self sabotaging behavior is never worth it! Think about it! Have you ever felt good afterwards? Has there ever been a positive out of it? No. Typically you feel like a failure, right?

So I encourage you today to recognize your own personal self sabotaging behaviors! This is the first step to eliminating the behavior all together. And on a future blog, I will chat more about tangible steps you can take to work through these behaviors.

In the meantime, head over to thinkfitmethod.com for more valuable information on the topic!


Jenny Mire