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Accentuate the positive!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today has been off to a good start. I've had some "lightbulb" moments and that's always good. I have been having a hard time at lunch with over-eating. I eat a good meal. It is always within my calorie range but when I am finished I want more. I am not hungry, I just want MORE food. Instead of stopping myself I give in and usually make 1 cup of white rice with 2 slices of reduced fat cheese in it. Sometimes it doesn't stop there. I can also give in to 1 or 2 frozen burritos in addition to the rice. Yikes!!! I know, that's not good and makes me feel bad after I eat it all.

I emailed my personal coach with my problem and she posed some questions for me to ask myself until we spoke today. I gave some thought to the questions and didn't have any answers until yesterday during my nap. My coach asked me about my emotions when all this was going on and suggested I concentrate on the positive emotions,, happiness, etc. When I eat I am not bored or sad or lonely but I realized I am dissatisfied with what I've eaten. What will satisfy me more? I don't know yet. I have experimented with several lunch meals and so far the one that I really enjoyed (soup) the most is the one with too much sodium (even light soups have a lot of sodium when you eat the whole can). I do tend to be triggered by sodium.

Today while I was doing my Sparkcoach I came across a motivational article.

It talked about positive self talk. the one thing I took away was "Look at the whole picture." To quote the article:

"No matter how persistent a problem seems to be, it is never the whole story. There will be times when you avoid a negative behavior and accomplish what you set out to do. Often, you can find the keys to successful behavior change by asking yourself what went right when you were successful (instead of asking what went wrong when you failed.)...Think back to the last time things went the way you wanted, figure out what was different then, and ask yourself how you can make that happen more often."

DUH!!! I've been looking at the problem in the wrong light. I need to focus on the positive. What did I do when I got it right??? How did I do it and focus on repeating those actions or behaviors. I've been driving myself crazy dwelling on the negative behaviors. Such an easy thing to do, but it was difficult finding the answer, but you do find the answer if you don't give up. That's the good thing on this journey. I never give up despite what happens. I just keep picking myself up and I go on. Now I am equipped to handle the negatives in the right way.
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    My experience is this:|
    it depends what I have available and have around. I like it, and it doesn't take a long time to cook or fetch.

    Maybe 1/2 of brown rice with egg and cheese ? And have some ok snacks or treats around.

    Sometimes I eat some fruit and veggies first or drink water first. emoticon

    And that advice about looking at the good part is brilliant. How often do we react that way.. ??? Snicker emoticon
    1517 days ago
    That makes me think of two things: 1) if it doesn't work, then change it and 2) if you've strayed from what works for you, then go back to doing it!

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    1517 days ago
    No wonder it is called Good Friday! Look what good you found! emoticon
    1517 days ago
    Can you make your own soup? Even if you don't make your own stock, there are stocks (NOT BROTH) out there that are tasty and low sodium. Then you do what you want with it to make it your soup.

    Just a thought. As for the positivity, yes, it really does help to focus on the positive. I just read something yesterday that clicked with me.

    If you're asked to think of something positive and something negative that has happened to you, you're more likely to remember the negative event(s).

    If you think of your brain as a pantry, that is because we keep the negative stuff in our pantry towards the front so that's the first thing you see or reach for when recollecting something.

    So, the trick is to re-arrange that pantry so POSITIVE things are in the front of our pantry (brain).

    Great blog.

    1517 days ago
    I have had those same "eating just to eat" problems for years. Your blog gave me some good ideas..
    1517 days ago
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