Focusing on the positive
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ok, so I will start with a quote again, and then give my reflections:
"Things to stop doing to yourself ...
Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
– Focus on what you do want to happen. "
-Erik Ledin, Lean Bodies Consulting
Ok, so here's the deal. I have made it to my goal weight. This is great, right? Of course it is. OF COURSE IT IS!!!
So why do I keep focusing on my fear of gaining it back in the future? Why am I afraid that my dedication to healthy eating and exercising will disappear? I am still logging, I am still eating yummy, healthy food that I love, I am continuing to exercise and loving that, too. I am getting stronger, and have even gained a little muscle (I have actually gained about 3 pounds on purpose, and am happy with my appearance).
So, why the fear? It is like this annoying, nagging little voice in my head that tells me I won't be able to keep this up.
I have several mantras that I use to help me when I feel like stress eating, and they have worked so far.
1. "what are you hungering for?" If it is food, fine, choose something healthy. If it is not food, figure out how to satisfy the boredom, fatigue, stress, or whatever else is making me feel like eating a Godiva truffle at that moment.
2. "Make good choices." Through the many choices I make each day, whether it is what to eat, when to go to sleep, how to speak to those around me, etc, this is my mantra. If I make a less than ideal choice, my next choice can be better, too. One bad choice does not have to unravel into a day of bad choices.
So there. I can do this. What I want is to stay healthy, active and strong. What I want is to deal with my emotions head-on, and what I want is to make choices, both big and small, that I am proud of. That is me focusing on what I want to happen, rather than what I don't want to happen.
I got this :)