Thursday, July 25, 2013
Answer to this Question on the Staying Motivated Forum: Afraid I gonna get flamed but I have to ask......
Because I want to become the healthiest I can be. This is my second go-round with SP and I promised myself I would do things differently and I owe all my current success to keeping that promise to myself.
I also intensely dislike the word "diet". That's why I don't diet. I eat healthy and practice moderation, not deprivation. I put good fuel (food) in my body so that I have the energy to do all the things I need to do.
I made peace with the fact that if I have to use a digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons to portion out my food for the rest of my life I am absolutely 100% okay with that! Left to my own devices I can "eyeball" it however I know that all too easily it can become over-serving myself because my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I will give myself too much.
I have spent a great deal of my time working on my "inside" - that is, working hard to sync up my brain and my body so that I can be successful. It's super important to me to get to the root of my Emotional Eating and learn coping skills and mechanisms so that I make an effort to automatically express my feelings verbally instead of stuffing them down inside me with food. I made a promise that I was no longer going to punish myself for what other people said or did. I have every right to express myself, the same as them.
Food is fuel. I eat to live, not live to eat. That's an important difference for me to make to myself.