Sunday, June 09, 2013
One of my den mates posted a comment on our Fabulous Feisty Foxes BLC22 team chat thread that got me sparked. She was sharing how she sometimes eats out of boredom. She led me to further thoughts and these questions:
Have you ever explored why you eat when you eat and what you eat when you eat?
What have you learned from your fitness efforts and experiences?
Do you still use the “F” word?
I've learned that I eat from fatigue in the evening. Have you experienced this? It's really quite silly when I think about it. I'm not hungry, there is nothing specific that I want to eat, if I start eating it frustrates me, and I end up feeling disappointed in my choices and myself. I'll likely go through several items trying to find that which will satisfy my fatigue. It's entirely futile as no food satisfies or soothes me, because I'm tired, not hungry!!!
Practicing new habits, I'm trying to just go to bed when I'm tired. Simple! Well not always, but in theory yes. Stop, evaluate, choose and act in a healthy manner. I admit that I wake up in the morning sometimes very hungry. Or in the early morning.
That lesson is important to my journey and me; hunger is not bad. It is just our bodies telling us to refuel. Personally, I enjoy my food so much more when I am at a "balanced hunger" level; it's that sweet spot where I am hungry, but not overly so. Do any of you find this to be true also?
I don't deal well with overly hungry sensations. They are more than stomach focused. I feel them as mild headache, irritation, and a feeling vaguely like nausea. When that happens I start to feel the nasty’s come out in me and I will likely eat too much, too fast. Do you share these sensations and reactions to hunger? Do you agree with a "balanced hunger" concept?
I'm so glad that I'm gradually learning these things about my eating habits. Much of what I have learned was discovered via my Nutrition Tracker. Have you used your tracker is this manner?
A bigger challenge for me is to learn more about my fitness habits. I'm getting the impression that this has already started with BLC22 as I am noticing where some of my weaker muscles are. ST sure makes this obvious! Again, I think my Fitness Tracker will help me a great deal with the lessons to be learned. I’m still getting acquainted with my Fitness Tracker.
Track, track, track! You will likely be amazed at what you can learn about yourself, mind, body, and spirit, especially if you remember to take advantage of the notes capability of the tracker. Add your notes, add your comments. Dig into how you think, how you feel, how you do. Knowledge is power.
With regard to fitness, I want to identify what is fun, what feels good, what time of day is the best time for me to exercise, etc. These are all positive aspects. We can use the positive to motivate ourselves. And if we can use that motivation to work through the less than positive, how can we fail? We can't, right? THERE IS NO FAILURE! Fail is just another of those inappropriate "F" words we would do well to eliminate from our vocabularies.
Try this. Repeat the following as many times a day as you need to believe it with all your heart:
THERE ARE ONLY SUCCESS, PROGRESS, AND OPPORTUNITY. ANYTHING LESS THAN SUCCESS OR PROGRESS IS AN OPPORTUNITY. THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO BECOME AWARE, LEARN, AND ADJUST MY THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, AND ACTIONS. THESE STEPS LEAD ME TO FURTHER PROGRESS AND SUCCESS!
You didn't notice or add a four-letter F word there, did you? I hope not! Keep Sparking. The Spark Way is the Best Way!
Here's a call out the FABULOUS FEISTY FOXES. Thank you for sharing your den with me and being the inspiration for this blog. NO FOX LEFT BEHIND!