Friday, May 10, 2013
Filling in the Gap...
Have you ever thought about how much of our time and emotional energy has been taken up by our poor eating behaviors?
Just think of all the time we once spent on planning, buying, preparing, (perhaps hiding) and eating the food we once ate. Think of all the emotional energy that was required to deal with feelings of guilt, remorse, failure, and with repeated resolutions for future diets .
For those of us who are working toward weight loss, there is a need to fill the resulting gap that used to be filled by food. We are eating less.
What do we do with all that extra time and energy?
Some of that gap can be filled with time spent on SP. We can still plan, buy, and prepare food - - the new kind of food -- that will keep us healthy and lead us to our weight loss goals. We can monitor our food input on the food tracker. We can set goals for our eating and learn strategies for meeting those goals.
We can also set goals for other areas in our life that we want to change. We can imagine ourselves in the future, how we want that future to look, and what steps we can take to achieve those changes.
Change is never easy. It requires focus and emotional support. We can get some of that emotional support right here on SP. We can share our struggles and insights with our friends. We can read their blogs and learn from their successes and failures. We can learn to understand ourselves better by reflecting on our new behaviors and writing blogs of our own. We can feel the support of those who respond to our blogs.
Exercise is the other main activity to fill the gap. Walking, running, bike riding, dancing, swimming, skiing, and weight training will all make us feel good while we are losing weight. Any one of them performed on a regular basis will also help to speed up or maintain the weight loss.
Look at all of the successful SPers who now find themselves participating in marathons and writing about it in their blogs!
In addition, we can spend time on a project or activity that we consider to be worthwhile. It can be a creative activity, a learning activity, or a service activity. It can be a job that we already work at, or it can be something new that we are just beginning.
The important point is that it is an activity that we value and consider to be important and worthy of our newly found time and energy.
Whatever it takes to fill the gap, we should be aware of it, and consciously decide how to fill it.
The last thing we would want to happen is to have food slowly moving back in to fill that gap once again.