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What "story" are you telling yourself?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This weekend I attended a leadership training. It ended up being more of a personal growth workshop than anything. One thing that they said, really stuck out to me because it was related to my struggle with weight. They told us that often times we tell ourselves a "story" about ourselves. Often we hear it over and over and believe it. In fact, we recruit others to tell us what we want to hear.

Some of the stories that came out of the group was, "I'm not smart enough," "I'm the only one here that doesn't understand," "I don't know who I am," "I'm not a leader..." and so on. What I thought about myself when hearing this is that I tell myself a story too. My story goes something like this, I'm fat, I will always be overweight, I don't understand why this isn't working (knowing full well I didn't stick to program), I will never get thin so I might as well eat, I'm ugly because I'm fat, I'm not worthy of love because I'm fat, other people should be treated better than me because I'm fat, I don't deserve ____ because I'm fat....and the list goes on.

What I am now realizing is that I have received feedback from society that some of these things could be viewed as true. For instance, I am not worthy of love because I'm fat...Well, I have had many men in this world make negative comments about me because of my weight. These comments confirm this statement. However, I know I AM worthy of love, regardless of my weight. I do not love my heavier friends any less, why would I not have a chance at love too? I know that a lot of these stories I am telling myself are somehow working for me on some level, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this over and over, year after year. What I need to figure out is what need is this feeding? What do I get out of it? How can I change this?

Weight loss is so much more than food. I wish more people in this world understood this.

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TAMIK1964 5/26/2011 6:33PM

    Great blog and a great reminder to speak the truth to ourselves and own it. Thank you!

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RONDAGAIL1 5/26/2011 4:47PM

    Thank You! This is very close to my story as well. some times it helps to know someone understands. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. I wish I had the answers but alas I am on the same search myself. I have found that when I love who I am others follow. I pray you have a great day! Ronda emoticon

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Frustrated and Now Action Needs to Follow...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yesterday, I had intended to do A LOT of work around the house. Well, I did get to the Farmer's Market for strawberries, but when I got home I started watching a movie. Then, fell asleep. Then, was a couch potato the rest of the day. I didn't do anything and I wanted to, but felt compelled to stay on the couch. What was up?

I realized this morning that I didn't want Monday to come. I really dislike my job and have a terrible manager right now that is just horrible. Not only did he ask me why I wasn't married, but he was upset I didn't hug him. He is super inappropriate and I tried to set that straight when we had an argument, or "conversation." I really don't like this guy, not to mention he is a micromanager. It's very frustrating.

What it comes down to is that I need to find a job that I look forward to, not dread every Sunday...I need to be able to work around this guy and just move on. But, I think everything is magnified right now because I am not happy and I am unhappy with my body. It's crazy how ones body image, confidence and self-worth is so intertwined with everything else in ones life.

I need to lose this weight, I need to find a job that I can be successful with and that I can be happy in. I need to start making decision in my life and not letting other things or people guide my life as I have done in the past. Something needs to change because this is not a life I can live much longer...I will just end up quitting and being without work...That's not an option for me.

Time to take life by the horns!

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JERSEYFLOWER 5/16/2011 8:59PM

    It *is* possible. I am now on the other side. I gave notice at my awful job last Monday. And it already feels like a lifetime ago. And it made me realize how much I had been letting that job infect me - why was I letting that awful place dictate to me how I feel? They are not entitled to that, they are not entitled to ME. And they are not entitled to YOU either. You will get a new job - this feeling, this job, this awful boss, is NOT a forever situation. It just feels like it right now. But it's not forever. Don't let it infect you.

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One step closer...Good Day: 1

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today, I did well! I am at 1650 calories, which is about 100 calories less than where my target it...but it is a lot lower than the last few days. I am excited about that.

I guess I am realizing I need to take this ONE day at a time and recognize or acknowledge the days I do well. Over time, they will become more and more frequent. It will not be easy, it will bore me at times, it will get tough, I will get tired and it will be anything but easy. But, I know that know and just not the kind of know where you nod your head. I KNOW that now!

I think there are many of us that need to realize that the weight loss will take time, it won't be consistent drop over time and we will have setbacks. It's what we learn from all of this and how we teach ourselves to do differently by practicing new habits consistently.

Easy, no. Rewarding, yes.

Today is the first GOOD Day I have had...


Difficulty strikes again!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Monday, I was ready to start again....Tuesday, I started to slip and yesterday was terrible! Today, so far so good...But, what happened between Monday and today?!

I have been thinking about this because things are just not working out how I planned them. What I think I am noticing is that anxiety (or worrying) is a huge problem for me and my automatic response is to eat. It is the soothing thing for me. Also, I have been reading a Geneen Roth book and something she said made total sense. She said if you are distracted while eating, you can finish something without even tasting it. I do that! I noticed the TV has this effect on me. If I am eating in front of the TV or computer, I finish and it's like I didn't even have something to eat.

How is this possible? It's a really strange phenomenon to me because I was there, but it is almost like I wasn't. How can that be?! This is something totally new to me because I don't think I have ever thought about it. After doing this for a couple of days, I see (because I tracked every last bit of it) what a negative impact it has on my diet. I am also seeing what a negative impact it has on my life and my attitude. It makes me want to just give up...but I can't. I want to deal with this once and for all. So, discovering things like this is important. Now, to figure out how to recognize when I do this BEFORE I do it and to learn other coping mechanisms to anxiety and stress.

Why does losing weight have to be so hard?!


What do I want for my birthday???

Monday, May 09, 2011

My birthday is coming up this Friday. I keep thinking about it as I am another year older, yet dealing with the same issue (my weight) for what will now be 24 years! This is ridiculous. I have been asked several times over the last few days..."What do you want for your birthday?" I was thinking about this question while sitting in traffic on the way home...

In thinking about this...a couple of things have come to mind.
1) What do I (ME) want for my birthday? Not what would be something easy to say, or what would make my family happy to buy...or not answering "Nothing." What do I actually want?
2) I want to be thin. I want to be healthy. I want to walk into any clothing store and have whatever I bring into the fitting room actually FIT! I want to leaving the fitting room without feeling horrible and depressed about my body.
3) I want to learn how to be healthy and work that into my life. I want to change my life completely because I am not happy right now. This is definitely a reason contributing to my weight issue. It's a vicious cycle that I want out of. Eat, depressed, not happy in job, eat, depressed, not happy with love life, eat, depressed, depressed even more about weight. I need off that train!

What I want to give to myself as a gift this year is to start taking care of myself and making me important. I want to put myself on the top of my list, not at the bottom where I have been for the last 24 years. Everybody is not MORE important than me...where did I get that from?

I have noticed over these last four months that even though my weight has been stagnant or upward...I have been noticing more and more when I eat and why I eat. I have also been noticing that my body has problems that I never realized because I would just keep working around them, bypassing the pain and uncomforableness with pills and pepto. It's ridiculous. I just went to the dentist, made an eye appt (which I haven't had in 3 years) and a doctors appt to figure out what is wrong with my digestive system.

In the mean time, what am I going to do everyday to give myself this new gift of care? Each day I will...

1) Stay within my points/calories
2) Drink 6-8 glasses of water
3) Exercise, even if it's only 10 minutes
4) Learn how to manage my stress
5) Learn to say No to more people
6) Do things I want to do in life, not what everyone expects of me
7) Learn balance work, so that I have SOME free time every day and on the weekends
8) Learn how to integrate dining out into my healthy lifestyle
9) Prepare for the next day, the night before, lowering my stress level
10) Sleep! Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

This list may seem really short to some people and seem pretty obvious, but these are the things I am having trouble doing often and consistently in my life. Overall, I think I am healthy, but what I am realizing is that I put off things that have to do with taking care of me, to do other things for work, family members or customers. I am never the center of any attention. And ironically, I am learning that my weight helps me stay invisible, but my personality is not as such. It's a constant contradiction.

This year, I will take care of me and get one step closer to happiness and living the life I have always wanted.

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MAUILICIOUS 5/9/2011 10:58PM

  Good luck and Happy Birthday!!!

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