Friday, October 07, 2011
I've been thinking about the idea of forming habits. There are habits I want to form, which I have mentioned before, and every time that I do one of them I am stregthening the habit to keep doing. The opposite is also true.
Take waking up early to do devotions and exercise. Every time I don't get out of bed at 6:15, every time I hit the snooze button, I'm just stregthening the habit to stay in bed until 7:40. What I need to do is get out of bed at 6:15 to strengthen the habit to get out of bed early. Eventually it won't take as much effort to do so. Hopefully.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
When it comes to eating I need to start using my head to make decisions more than I use my heart. Often I eat because Iím bored or Iím upset or just because I want to. I also need to use my head more when choosing what to eat; most of the time I select foods on the basis of what sounds good or what I feel like eating. More often than not what I feel like eating and what I should be eating are miles apart. I need to be more mindful of my choices.
To be mindful is to be attentive, aware, and careful. (Thank you dictionary.com!) Dr. Jan Chozen Bays in an article on Psychology Today defines mindfullness as ďdeliberately paying attention, being fully aware of what is happening both inside and outside yourself - in your body, heart and mind - and outside yourself, in your environment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.Ē
But really when I think of mindfulness all I can picture is a Jedi, usually Yoda or Qui-Gon Jinn.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I got The Binge Eating & Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating. I'm only two chapters in, mainly because the first week I left it at my parents house. After reading the first chapter I am definitely one or the other, not exactly sure which one but either way I am a disordered eater. I do not have a normal or healthy relationship with food. According the the book recognizing this is the first step on my road to recovery and healing. It's that whole admitting you have a problem is the first step thing.
The second chapter was all about BMI and Waist Circumference. When I went through this chapter my BMI was calculated at 43.5 which is in the obese category and my WC was 48" which is in the increase health risks.
They say that making a commitment to your health is an important beginning step. I don't know if I have ever actually committed myself to this journey. Not a hundred percent at least. . One of the definitions of committing it to bind. I don't feel bound to this, but I want to be. I want to be bound to this journey to health and wellness.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Discipline: Orderly Training or Conduct, Training, Control
Self-Discipline: discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement
On this journey, discipline is key. Problem is, as much as I am a creature of habit, I donít have any discipline. I just float through life. Not the best way to live as I am coming to see. I need to be a bit more proactive.
There are several habits that I would like to develop that would be extremely helpful in my on my journey to a healthier life:
1. Waking up earlier to do devotions and talk a walk
2. Start jogging
3. Going to bed early (or on time even) in order to get enough sleep (7-8 hrs)
4. Taking a multivitamin
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Itís been a long time since I updated this blog, but expect it to be busy the next 12 months.
Two days ago I turned 29. It passed calmly and quietly just the way I like it. It isnít that I was sad about entering the last year of my twentiesóin fact I am looking forward to my thirties. My twenties have been full of ups and downs: my parents moved away; I became an emotional and disordered eater; I graduated with an Associates in Applied Science in Business Administration; I moved to New York to live with my parents after not being able to find a job back home; I became depressed, found a job, developed a passion for studying the Bible, found a church, made friends; etc.
Everything that happens to us in our lives shape the person we are today. My disordered eating has thoroughly messed me up. (Iím sure there is a more eloquent way to express that but this is how I feel.) My hunger cues are skewed and I canít seem to stop eating when I am stressed, lonely, upset, bored, etc. Food has been my comfort for ten years and I donít know how to change that.
This is my goal for my next birthday, my one desire, is to enter my thirties healthier and happier than my twenties were; that I will learn to eat normally; that I will exercise because movement is a necessity of life; that I will learn to deal with my emotions rather than eat them away; that I will nourish my spirit just as I nourish my body; so that I can enjoy my next birthday and many more.
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