Starting to understand why I feel tentative even though it's clearly working

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I blogged earlier about the fear of getting to my goal weight and not knowing what to do then. Today I weighed myself and am doing great, so I was wondering why the heck I still felt not so great? I realize now that I've really put my eggs in this basket. SP jibes exactly with my beliefs around food, health, fitness, community, LIFE . . . and it's working! In fact, it's working in so many areas of my life, not just the physical. So it feels like if this doesn't work, nothing will. And I'm afraid. What if it "stops working"? What if I quit and can't get restarted? Yes, yes, I know I have to focus on the here and now, but it does help to realize that that's what's going on. I have to just keep chanting "this is a lifestyle, not a diet." And I have to stay in contact with my SP community!
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    When I get those feelings (and I do, even when things are going well) I stop and do the yoga thing: breathe into them, experience them and allow them to run themselves out -- and somehow, it usually works. I relax and feel better..which wouldn't happen if I tried to ignore them. And it sounds like you're doing the same thing! Yes, this really is a lifestyle change...sometimes uncomfortable, somemtimes a little scary, sometimes exhausting but overall a real kudos for approaching it head on with an open mind!
    3613 days ago
    I feel the same way about Spark. It fits me just perfectly. I also see a definite trend of us SparkFolks worrying too much about the future and psyching ourselves out. If I just log in and spend some time here I seem to naturally get cheered up and motivated. I've gained and lost so much over time, but since I found Spark, even when I'm off-track with working toward my physical fitness goals, I'm way more on-track than I ever was before. I see other people gradually meeting their goals, even though their progress isn't always steady, and it helps me see the big picture in my own journey. Reading posts by real live people who face the same exact mental struggles as I do really helps. Also, reading that other people sabotage themselves in the same ways I do helps me remember to stay rational and try to keep things in balance. The biggest thing is that I find myself wanting to say nice, supportive things to other people here and at some point I started directing those kind feelings to myself.
    3633 days ago
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