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Update on the "feels good" strategy

Monday, August 20, 2012

Yesterday was busy, unexpectedly busy. At the last minute we decided to have a family outing and for us (with the special needs child) that is no small feat. Anyway, I had to be more spontaneous and that carries it's own stress. Then when we arrived at our destination there was a lot of whining (no, not mine) because we hadn't properly prepared him, I guess, for the fun day we decided on. He was afraid of everything and didn't want to participate in anything. He kept trying to run away. So...needless to say I didn't have very many "hey that feels good" moment throughout the day, and being all wrapped up in all the stress, I forgot to look for them (it's only been a few days, I'm not exactly in the habit yet). So last night rolls around and I'm ravenous. RIGHT AFTER DINNER. So it wasn't my stomach, it was my psyche looking to feel good.

I'm getting more and more convinced that, for me, this strategy is a piece of what I've been lacking. Not the key, or answer, or entirety of my journey to be healthier, but certainly a large piece of it.

So today I'm going to try really really hard to find "feels good" moments, and create them if I need to! This is going to be a challenge because I had to cancel my trainer session b/c I'm still sick. Being sick for over a week is doing a job on my confidence and I know it shouldn't because I've been FAR more productive during this illness than ever during an illness perhaps in my entire life. So I should say that feels good, right?!

I will try all day to find those moments. Once I set this particular habit, I'm going to follow my good Sparkfriend's example and add another great habit to master. And by adding one or two at a time, I'll build a lifestyle of good habits.

Enjoy today, and remember whatever you need to reach your goals emoticon
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JENNY160 9/8/2012 5:25PM

    Finding the positives and making them feel good moments translates to other areas of your life as well, not just to consistent eating habits. Heck, just twisting things to the positive can change the way you interact with others which in turn changes *their* lives as well. Domino or pay-it-forward--whatever you want to call the effect.

I truly believe that you are the captain of your ship, and every choice you make affects your life in some way. It only makes sense that positive perceptions would breed or encourage positive results. As surlygirl said, "positivity breeds positivity".

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SURLYGIRL 8/20/2012 10:35PM

    This "Feels Good" strategy of yours is such a great idea for all of us. Positivity breeds positivity. I am going to try to incorporate this technique into my life as well.

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CTUPTON 8/20/2012 9:46PM

    What a great way to approach the days events. Find anything, anything at all that
is uplifting! Why are we attuned to noticing the negatives. We really need to put the focus on positives. And there are many! emoticon Chris

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OAKSHAVEN 8/20/2012 5:17PM

    Oh, yeah, the one thing all of us are sure of is that eating something really, really good will be enjoyable. I think that is just our default setting, and that what you are trying to do is remind yourself that other things feel good, too, and can be substituted for the feel good feeling of eating something. I am so impressed that you have done all of this when you aren't feeling well, and that you had the insight in the moment to realize that what you were experiencing couldn't possibly be a physical hunger. Good going. emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/20/2012 3:23PM

    Look at small happenings in a positive light. Look for that smile from someone and count it as an ah moment. These little things add up.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/20/2012 3:22PM

    Wow, from where I'm sitting, it looks like you're taking great steps and making big progress. I'm very impressed by your wisdom: "Not the key, or answer, or entirety of my journey to be healthier, but certainly a large piece of it." I love that. Right on!



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RICKISMOM1 8/20/2012 3:11PM

    LOL! I know JUST how stressful those trips can be! (My Ricki had special needs, too) This strategy of yours to notice the good things is GREAT!
(But I have a 25-40 calorie diet popscicle each night as well....) emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/20/2012 2:08PM

    I'm so glad this is working for you. Your blog is also reminding me to find those moments for myself during the day. p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog, your comment had me laughing out loud. I *totally* want to reward myself for losing weight with a big piece of chocolate cake :).. emoticon

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