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A consistent journey


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Friday, March 07, 2014

I don't expect to be consistent. Life will always be putting speed bumps in my path. When they happen sometimes it is hard and food happens. When I have a difficult time, I try to assess and figure out what is causing the problem. I want to be resilient by being aware, flexible and mindful but without the negativity that we used to associate with awareness that we overrate or gained. It's like shock absorbers for the journey.
Weight release can not be completely permanent. For instance, Illness can impede exercise leading to a temporary unexpected gain and travel can make healthy eating difficult for a time. An emotional blow can still trigger old patterns of behavior. When the scale gives you unpleasant news, reframe the inner message to the positive. It's been a long time since I did this or recognize your bodies reaction to overeating or eating junk food when you feel less healthy and less energetic even after one unhealthy meal. Those don't resemble the negative self talk of "what's the use or all's lost so I might as well" that used to happen in my head. I guess the permanent change I see is mindfulness, awareness, assessment without guilt and then making a course correction to return to the healthy journey within 24 hours. Even after a prolonged time of overeating find a positive way of looking at it as becoming aware that there is still something inside me, some trigger that I was unaware of, that I now know needs to addressed and corrected. Start working to find that new trigger and then find a way to deal with it. It gives you something to do, a task instead of just feeling.
My naturally thin friends make comments that fit this. They are naturally mindful and immediately physically aware of how food negatively affects them. Sometimes it happens even while they are still eating! This awareness alerts them. They sometimes stop eating right in the middle of this happening. They can stop after one too many bites without guilt for the one bite too many and without the struggle we feel to stop eating. Ever see someone not finish a delicious dessert and grab their tummy and express discomfort? I know that their sensitivity to their bodies feedback is awesome and much more sensitive than mine has been. Maybe the "permanent change" I'm looking for is to be more like my naturally thin friends and become more sensitive like them. I'm still a work in progress.

Edit: Thank you are for reading and commenting on my blog. I wrote it so I would always have a memory of my own journey insight. If it helps you, that is a double blessing. I wish each of you peace and joy.
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CALLMENAOMI 3/10/2014 11:46PM

    Thank you.

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CAROLYNL8E 3/10/2014 11:30AM

    Thank you for this blog. It really rings true - the mindful eating and all. I have thin friends who eat the same way, and I want to be like them. I have started to strive for this as of today, and reading your blog made my path to weightloss a little clearer.

Thank you,
Carolyn

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DAWNDMOORE40 3/10/2014 8:47AM

    emoticon for sharing! Your blog reminds us what is most important on this journey to a healthier life! I hope you continue to stay positive and always believe that you can reach the stars! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/10/2014 1:25AM

    I can certainly relate to this. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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  Thanks for sharing your very personal story.

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    Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing. Very interesting!

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    nice

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  Thank you for sharing!

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BETRHO48 3/8/2014 9:24PM

    Thank you for writing this blog.
Your words make a lot of sense and mean a lot to me, as I am one who ruminates on negative talk. It is very hard to break a habit after doing it for more than 60 years.
This is helpful.
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    Great blog, I can relate.

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    Thank you.


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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/8/2014 9:52AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 3/8/2014 9:37AM

    What a thoughtful view of the weight management journey. I have gotten to my goal weight and have felt that I have been in a battle to keep it off this time. But your blog really points out that life and circumstances will have an effect and instead of fighting I need to understand. I wish you well on your journey

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MAMA_CD 3/8/2014 9:30AM

    Many of us have lost that mind-body-spirit connection. Certainly if all three are lined up, then we'll eat according to hunger and fullness the way we were designed to eat. A good start is to track and journal feelings, when you eat well, junk, overeat etc. so that we can re-learn how to eat like a thin person or like most of us did as children, leaving food on our plate if we've had enough, or throwing out the rest of the dessert because we don't want more. emoticon

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ANAMORPHOSIS 3/8/2014 9:19AM

    Yes eating mindfully is really important. That's why experts say it is best to eat without distractions, not to eat in front of the television etc. Of course there are times when you go to a restaurant of course then you have to plan ahead...and staying positive is good, it's the big picture that counts.

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