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Do The Work To Break The Cycle

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two things I've done during my time here that are super important are practicing portion control in conjunction with working on my emotions. Why? Because they're both interconnected. When I share how I work every day at syncing up my body and my brain it's these actions I take: portion control, listening to my body, practicing moderation as opposed to deprivation, letting go of being perfect, and allowing my emotions. Doing so allows me continued success.

Yes, it is hard work. Sometimes I feel like I don't want to do it, but I forge ahead anyway. Like breathing, sleeping, eating, and drinking, it's something I need to do to continue being healthy both physically and mentally. Because that's my SP goal.

Reaching a specific number on the scale by a specific time is not paramount. Becoming the healthiest I can be is. Especially if I want to continue enjoying my success. I do the work now even when it's hard and enjoy it for the rest of my life. Or I only do part of it, coast for awhile, and then one day wake up right back where I started as I've done in the past.

Losing the weight only changes my outside; inside stays the same - that's why I work everyday at making sure the cycle stays broken.

What are doing to break the cycle you're in?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAYDE53 6/16/2013 11:34PM

    So true, because I've been there & done that! I've been on many diets which I've lost weight a lot faster, only to get burned out & regain it all plus more. emoticon This time, I'm not so worried about time frame, as I am about changing my way of eating, cooking & looking at food. Trying to exercise regularly & live a healthy lifestyle, physically & mentally! emoticon

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    Yes, gotta change the inside too. That's the harder part of the process. Don't know that I've found the 'key' but I'm not giving up.

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LIVINGFREE19 6/16/2013 6:13PM

    emoticon blog!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/16/2013 3:57PM

    Sometimes, like today, I recognize that I'm lazy and just don't want to do the work it takes to keep the cycle from continuing. Sometimes I miss the good feelings a binge brings, though that "good Feeling" of having what quantity I want of some binge food lasts such a short time and brings regret, just like your illustration suggests.

I want balance. I have bipolar disorder and spent much of my life with mood cycling. I also mirror that cycling with "food cycling." I am prone to cycling, it feels like "home" to me. But I want better for myself.

Thanks for your blog today!

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MANDELOVICH 6/16/2013 3:38PM

    Love your emphasis on health and the awareness that the brain and the body go together so to change the body we have to change how we think!
I'm on a very similar path, using IOWL podcasts and learning all about the lower brain urges.
Great blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/16/2013 2:28PM

    Looks like a good analysis of the problem. Good for you!

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NELSONCHERYL59 6/16/2013 1:45PM

    Wow, that is good, and perfect timing, i just had an overeating day yesterday...
My goal is to eat healthy, exercise, be healthy... not keep cycling in the dysfunction of my food addiction, binging on food and stuffing my emotions.
So, after over eating yesterday, i am back on track today, exercised, ate healthy breakfast, planned healthy eating for the rest of the day...
Forging ahead, with healthy balance emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/16/2013 1:00PM

    Awesome blog and something I really needed to hear.

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DESERTJULZ 6/16/2013 12:48PM

    You are so right, it is not the number on the scale, it is the level of health we can attain!

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GAILANN48 6/16/2013 12:24PM

    This blog should be required reading. Well done, CherylAnne...and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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GRAMMY7070 6/16/2013 12:06PM

    Thank you for the great reminder. Sometimes I think we stress too much when it comes to setting a goal by a certain day. We often forget to enjoy life along the way. As long as we continue working on our goals and do the best we can, it's ok if we don't quite make it to the goal on a specific day as long as we don't give up.

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SHERIO5 6/16/2013 12:02PM

    I am aiming for progress, not perfection. I am kinder to myself.

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JUSTDOINGIT101 6/16/2013 11:50AM

    like the visual of that cycle, its right on

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NANNABLACK 6/16/2013 11:39AM

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YMWONG22 6/16/2013 11:31AM

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KIRSTENLYNN62 6/16/2013 11:22AM

    Wow, You hit the nail right on the head. I have really been emphasizing the process and all of the small behaviors that will lead me to success, rather than the reading on the scale. This is different for me than the other times I have lost weight, and I think it is the key! Great blog! emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/16/2013 10:57AM

    Love this: "Reaching a specific number on the scale by a specific time is not paramount. Becoming the healthiest I can be is."

As far as: "What are doing to break the cycle you're in?"

Why, Sparking of course!

"(. (. * Keep Spreading the Spark!
♥♥.*`*. .♥♥.*`* .♥♥.. *`*.♥♥

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MICKEYH 6/16/2013 10:54AM

    So true. Thank you for this. I had to keep reminding myself how important for me to be healthy and fit. "Love my self enough to keep going."
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JU_ISH 6/16/2013 10:45AM

    I understand 100% what you're saying here, since this is why I have been yo-yo ing for so long. I have decided to to watch what I eat, by following portions and eating certain calories that is recommended. I don't restrict, since it will lead to binge eating, and a whole other nasty cycle.

I find that I have been having guilt off and on regarding eating foods that I had considered "bad" in the past, but have decided that moderation is key, so will live a little and eat things like ice cream. But just watch how much I eat and track it vs. hiding what I ate and feeling shameful for it.

Good luck in your journey!!

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HAPPYMENOW58 6/16/2013 10:43AM

    great blog!!!!!!!! Sooooooo true....Thank you for your insight today/ I always think your blogs are wonderful......Portion control is REALLY my biggest issue and how it relates to my moods.......I am a work in progress and Spark has really helped me see this......Hoping that you have a wonderful day today emoticon

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