Sunday, January 20, 2013
I want to record the behaviors which by God's mercy are resulting in pretty consistent good choices these days .
-- I joined a BLC team, Navy Ninjas, which involves commitment and accountability (things I have long avoided in regard to eating).
-- I explicitly committed, and I have accountability with public trackers & team chat threads ("no choice, no choice" according to Beck diet solution).
-- Since I know that for me personally, wheat, sugar, and simple carbs stimulate constant, fierce cravings, I abstain from those. I am much happier.
-- Provide excellent quality, delicious food that is healthy. I note how I am taking good care of myself.
-- Never skip a meal.
-- Since my habits are new and shaky, and I know my weakness, I assiduously avoid temptation. I physically keep my distance, avert my gaze, ask my family to put something out of sight, don't go to certain restaurants right now. I'm weak, but determined.
-- Decide quickly and firmly. For temptations I couldn't anticipate, say to myself (out loud where feasible) Not for me. No. I'm not eating that. No.
-- Notice and label how I'm feeling.
-- Give thanks and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice my blessings. Pray & pray.
-- Look for joy and delight in non-food areas.
-- LOTS of water and hot tea.
-- Set a specific, moderate exercise goal that I can succeed at consistently.
-- Sleep 7 - 8 hours a night.
I copied these strategies.....from Spark friends, from books, from Scripture. Obviously none is original. But I have been stubborn and willful, and just didn't want to do it. Now what I want is to be fit and healthy.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Today one of my teens is in a mood that makes me say "AARRGGHHHHH!" I have made some progress in learning to identify my feelings instead of anaesthetizing myself with food, so I was stopped and reflected...... I felt aggravated, disappointed, frustrated, blue.
Sadly, my usual response is to think I should eat something. But lately I have been getting a lot of satisfaction out of feeling in control of my food choices. Basking in it actually, pumping myself up, trying to make myself remember the sensation of good choices and be hyper-aware: "Hey, I feel so much better when I eat this way."
So in the parking lot of the bagel shop I pulled out my iPod journal and wrote,
I FEEL UPSET THAT D IS FRACTIOUS TODAY. BUT --- IF I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES, THAT WILL INSTANTLY GIVE ME SOMETHING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT. THOSE GOOD FEELINGS WILL LAST MUCH LONGER THAN THIS BLUE MOOD. THOSE GOOD FEELINGS WILL INCREASE AS MY HEALTH GAINS AND MY BODY GRADUALLY CHANGES SHAPE.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I used virtual sticky notes to make a home screen image for keeping good choices in mind. These are like my Response Cards for the Beck Diet Solution cognitive behavioral approach.
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