Friday, September 06, 2013
Can you relate to zero motivation on some days? I can so relate. What helped me on those many days, months and often years of not caring at all for myself was to do something I enjoyed while eating BUT giving myself permission to do the activity without eating. I know that sounds strange but here's how it works:
Part of us gets relief from eating and does associate it with activities we do while eating such as T.V. , reading, socializing, etc.... Often it becomes a hand in hand habit.
When I gave myself permission to watch T.V. mindlessly, but WITH OUT the eating part, that part of me that wanted to "just eat and eat" was a little more satisfied than if I have gone cold turkey into doing "healthy" things on my list of things to do instead of eating.
I try to be gentle and kind to that patterned side of me that is tying the event to eating.
Another example: Let's say your not motivated to exercise. Going for a gentle walk to enjoy the outdoors without the goal of getting sweating, sore or burning calories... See, you would be doing something you enjoyed and sneaking in some exercise.
Giving yourself permission to be gentle and making it okay takes away the compounding guilt we often feel when we don't "stick to the plan" perfectly. I think I'll give myself to watch a movie today.... (without eating!)