Sunday, October 07, 2012
Today I read part of Chapter 3 in Full Filled and though I already read this chapter, of course I learned something new.
Renee talks about the value of using Level 1 renewal strategies daily, consistently, so that you are constantly renewing yourself and feeling good! In doing so, urges to overeat or act unskillfully stay at bay because you are feeling good and taking excellent care of yourself. So you are better able to handle stress, discomfort, etc., when it strikes.
(Note: Level 1 renewers are little things you can do by yourself every day like exercise, meditate, knit, journal, walk in nature, listen to music. Level 2 renewers are things you do with a friend - see a movie, talk on the phone, go to a museum. Level 3 are professionals who give you help.)
When I read this chapter I made my lists and was happy to see that I had great renewal strategies. But somehow I missed the part about the value of doing them everyday.
This morning, I realized that there are many I do every day:
I meditate (yes, only for 5 minutes, but it counts).
I write in a gratitude and success journal every morning and evening.
I watch a little bit of junky/funny TV while I do my chores so that they are more fun.
I use SPARK!
I listen to wonderful podcasts.
And all of these strategies really do help me to feel great. I have quite a hectic, stressful life, and doing these things enables me to handle the stress without my former drug of binging.
Am I perfect? No way! But even when I slip up, I renew right away and get back on course!
And speaking of not being perfect, I need a redo (another great tool).
This week was my birthday and I went out on Thursday and last night for celebratory dinners. I went to my favorite vegan restaurant where I had the most delicious veggies, squash, brown rice and beans. All healthy foods that I love. But, I overate in a major way. I ate quickly and I ate two large dinners worth at both meals, instead of one.What I noticed about both meals was that food because all encompassing. It was all I could think about or notice. I left feeling a bit uncomfortable.
So here is my redo:
I go to the restaurant, order my food, breathe and calm down. I then look around at the lovely decor, notice my amazing company (my family and good friends), and focus on our conversation. When I get into a state of mind in which I see that there is so much more around me that is important than the food, I start to eat SLOWLY and savor each bite.
So how do you renew?