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The mental aspect of weight loss

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIrst, down another 2 pounds - woot!

These last few weeks, I've been working a lot on the mental aspect of weight loss. I don't think I ever fully dealt with that in the past, and it's long overdue. I've made a few realizations:

1. I am an emotional eater. No big surprise, right? Well, I've tried to deny it for years. I need to own it, because that's how I will get past it.

2. I am addicted to sugar. I think that's why it's always been so hard to lose weight, because I end up eating way more sugar than I think I do. That's gotta stop.

3. I feel like an athlete. Seriously - deep down, I love working out and sweating and generally feeling like a bada** in the gym. I want my outside to match my inside.

4. I love living healthy. Even though I've gained some weight back in the last 2 years, I've still been living a healthy lifestyle. I've never started drinking soda again, I eat fast food only a few times a year, veggies are my favorite foods, and I love being active. I am in a CSA and eat mostly local and organic produce. I love this lifestyle.

5. My body is amazing. It may not *look* amazing, but it is. It birthed an 8 pound baby after 41 hours of labor (yah. that was rough). It can do an hour long workout. It is generally healthy. I need to learn how to love my body, flaws and all, instead of hating every imperfection I see.

6. I need your help. That's right - you. Like most of us, I am so much more committed when I have another person to stay accountable to. Spark friends are amazing, in that they are always there to cheer you on, through the victories and the defeats. I am so glad to be back in this community - y'all are pretty awesome!

7. I barely know what true hunger feels like. This is the BIGGIE. I eat because I am bored. I eat because it's been an hour since I've eaten. I eat because I am upset. I eat because it's 10am. Whatever it is, it's rarely that I am eating because I am hungry. I am working hard on gaining more mindfulness in my eating, and not being so afraid of true hunger. It's a good, normal, healthy thing that I should be feeling every single day.



What about you, Sparkers? What revelations have you made on your journey? Got any tips for me in dealing with the above??
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MJ7DM33 6/20/2013 9:22PM

  WTG!

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BETHSWORLD 6/20/2013 9:22AM

    I could have written this exact blog emoticon

I know how to eat healthy...I love eating healthy...so why do I crave sugar so much?? Because like you, I am addicted to sugar. My body is as healthy as a body can be...although I have many imperfections. I am blessed with being a healthy person...now I need to start living like a healthy person.

I have 33 pounds to lose...I want to lose it...As bad as I want to lose it, it confuses me why I eat things I shouldn't.

I am here for you and I am glad you are here for me too!

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DARKFAERY 6/20/2013 8:47AM

    I'm right there with you on the emotional eating and bored eating. I need to start exercising too especially since I'm going to be birthing a baby in September. Way to go on the 2 lbs!!!!!!!

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DEBIGENE 6/20/2013 8:45AM

    I so agree it is all a mind thing !!! We just have to constantly realize this and keep our minds healthy as well.

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 11:09PM

    WOW, I can relate to so many of these. You are truly not alone. I agree that we all need support and I like many other sparkers are right here with you! Stay focused and it can be done!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/19/2013 9:55PM

    Soda is the devil! I see that sweaty cold red can and I lose control, well used to. Now I avert my eyes.....

WOOHOO on the 2 lbs! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/19/2013 9:44PM

    Congrats!! Job well done!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/19/2013 9:42PM

    You have said it all. I have nothing to add.
You own it~
You should be proud of yourself!
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