Sunday, March 04, 2012
Hi spark friends!
Many of you have seen my little status updates from mid Jan.
I am writing this today to remind myself and to maybe inspire fellow sparkers too.
My family of three plus dog & cat are planning to mive interstate to my island home within a year. We currently rent a lovely house opposite our 7yo's school and we are very active school parents.
In mid December, x2 days before our five week working holiday in my home state, we received a notice to vacate, the owners are moving in!
We could not begin looking until our return. We have been searching and applying for homes within walking distance of school for over five weeks.
It sounds stressful, it is stressful.
We have x1 art studio, x 1 audio studio and a massive workshop on top of the usual family house to pack.
We have secured a lease but can't move in until a few weeks after we have to be out! We are staying with my partners mum for those few weeks and storing our household goods in a storage place.
So my point is this: from the time I got the news of having to leave until today, I have been proactive in taking extreme care of my family's health. I have been vigorous with sleep, with food and with routines.
My 7 yo has not missed any martial arts classes, I have attended every yoga class.
I have not even missed 1 of the x3 runs I do every week.
I feel fantastic, somewhat tired, but very alive and capable of making efficient decisions in this tricky week of packing, cleaning, moving.
I am proud of myself for taking care of myself and my family and pets so well!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I always experience a good (ravenous) appetite at family & friends gatherings. I identify that this is anxiety rather than hunger.
I need to be concious of that or else I will eat a lot of chocolates, cheese, nuts, everything in sight!
The consequences to over-eating at Christmas & family gatherings are that I feel bloated, my stomach hurts and I sideline my feelings, but I still feel anxious.
Plus nothing is enough and everything is enough!
So this is how I could handle the gatherings consciously:
Drink a lot of alcohol. Pros- relaxing & legal.
Cons- fattening, can exacerbate moods, can lead to eating more than intended. We will be driving.
Strategy: Water bottle wherever I go. Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Designate myself to be driver & enlist the larger group for support.
I intend to focus on dividing my plate the bikini style!
One bra cup is protein & potato, the other cup is desert & the bikini pants are salad & veg.
It is summer here in Australia after all!
Importantly- one serve of anything is enough!
In Between Offerings & Visits:
Just say "no thank you, I have just eaten". Drink my water, chew my gum? This sounds not relaxing and uptight too.
What about getting out and about with people- suggest a quick walk in the neighbourhood? Water their garden, etc...
This might work- cheese n' bikkies are my failure!
So, yeah, ask if they feel like taking a stroll with us!
This is hard to implement with my elderly mother (who loves us with food) but one can only try.
Keeping my water bottle with me & chewing gum when preparing meals could assist also!
About anxiety: I find that pausing to breath with awareness averts much of my stress. How to remind myself in the midst of it all?
Strategy: Establish a routine now so I remember when needed. How? An alarm on my phone. A rubber band on my wrist. Apparently this is an Emotional Feedback Technique.
Further suggestions welcomed, what do you do to take the focus off eating at this time of year?
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