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New Year's (Re)solution

Friday, January 04, 2013

I suspect I have gained weight - but the interesting thing is how I am reacting to this.

I am not jumping on the scale to see what the damage is.
I am not tracking my food again - even though I know this works for weight loss.
I am not mentally putting myself down - I am not hopeless, weak, etc etc.

I am relaxed about a little weight gain. I have been maintaining at the lower end of healthy - and a few extra kilos would still place me around the middle of my healthy BMI zone.
What concerns me is the disordered eating - eating more than I want, eating past comfortable, covert eating, last meal mentality, eating standing up & straight from the packet.

So in the past I might have set a NY resolution to lose X kgs, track everything, exercise xx minutes etc. In many ways, treating the symptoms, rather than the cause.

The cause, of course, is my emotions. The solution is in improving my understanding of these emotions. Journalling, communicating honestly with others, looking inside myself for thirst & hunger cues - & concentrating on what makes me feel right.

I don't need resolutions - I know the solution, I just want to refocus on the solution. That makes it a re-solution.
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/4/2013 8:51AM

    This is a great blog! Great analysis, great sense of direction for where to go from here. Thanks for putting this in writing so I can refer back to it.

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A*L*P* 1/4/2013 8:07AM

    Awesome and very insightful! Like you, I didn't jump on the scale even though my eating was less than stellar over the holidays. You worded it absolutely perfect when you said to treat the symptoms over the cause -- YES!!!!!!

I am quite amazed at how my goals have changed since moving back into IE. I have been there with scale goals but now it is more fitness goals and emphasis on nutritious foods. It is an amazing feeling to be here. I wouldn't trade it for a trip on the scale again. Ever.

Keep up the amazing work! You're doing awesome!!!

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ZENNITH 1/4/2013 3:53AM

    Exactly what I have been trying to do, just worded so much better! Great blog - thanks :-)

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KELTIC-CARA 1/4/2013 1:24AM

    An excellent way of looking at it, treating the cause rather than the symptoms. Off to a good start.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/4/2013 1:18AM

    I love reading your blogs posts. I hope to be where you are soon! Mentally, at least. And physically, actually. I mean, I'm not planning any overseas travel, but I would LOVE to visit Australia someday!

Anyways. The things you mention struggling with are exactly the things I struggle with when I'm away from home and visiting family and so on. I'm not sure why I experience the same kind of disordered eating behaviors. I guess I'll have to give it some really serious thought. WHY do I eat like that? WHY am I always thinking/worrying about food when I'm at parties or wherever? Why am I always wondering what the next meal will be, when it will be, and how much of it to eat? Why do I always want to eat, even when I'm not hungry and I'm feeling perfectly happy otherwise?

Weird stuff. I think a lot of it has to do with the significantly increased focus on food you necessarily have to cultivate in order to successfully track calories and lose weight, because I never used to be quite so obsessed with eating. But still...it shouldn't be like that.

Thanks for giving me a lot to think about, as always!

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