All of my efforts to modify my eating behavior have failed..
Hence - enter the band.
Warning: this is a long post, intended to be more therapeutic for me than perhaps interesting to you.. read on at your own risk!
The purpose of the band (as I see it) it to instill boundaries with food consumption and provide warning signs during food consumption that limits are approaching.
The questions that still remain are:
Does the band truly modify our behaviors? OR
Does the band only provide a physical barrier to overeating.. but does not play a role in behavior modification?
Now many factors go into behavior and our reasons for taking on or releasing certain behaviors.
Obviously, everyone is familiar with Pavlov's Dog Experiment
- Pavlov studied digestive system and secretion of saliva (started in dogs)
- When Pavlov feed dogs ...they salivated
- Pavlov thought it was because the dogs saw the people in white lab coats that were feedingthe dogs
- He tried to figure out the association with certain stimuli and the associated behavior
- Hence the popular study dogs associated sound of bell with food.
- When dogs heard bell, they responded by drooling
Think of this as good eating experience vs. bad eating experience.
Or can the behavior be learned through shared experiences (Don't touch the stove --it's hot).
How we learn may be the key to how our behavior can be modified.
Do we absorb and apply the knowledge?
Or do we need to have the experience of negative/positive punishment to learn that lesson.
How does this all relate to the band.. and behavior modification?
Well. take me for example.
I view myself as fairly bright, intuitive person, a "quick learner".. [remember this is my opinion here]
I know that I have good restriction, and I have read all of the literature, your many posts and first hand band experiences.
I know that in the morning I have tighter restriction than through out the rest of the day.
I know this because I have had a negative experience.
So I have cognitive knowledge, personal experience, understand the consequences YET my behavior has still not been modified.
Through impulse, I grabbed something to eat because I wanted it.
I knew better, I knew what the consequence would be; however I still proceeded with the behavior.
The band did it's job (and violently rejected the consumption) resulting in a very negative experience.
So what did I learn that I didn't already know?
Was the consequence enough to deter me?
Was the experience so negative as to NOT want to experience it again? Perhaps..
Still trying to figure this out... maybe impulse and cognitive thinking are where the disconnect is occurring.
I will get back to you when I figure this out... stay cool my friends...