Week 1 Reflection

Monday, April 16, 2012

My Weight Loss Journey

This has been one of the most exciting weeks of my life, which is strange to say because it has also been very emotionally hard with some things that have happened in my life this week. I have struggled with emotional eating binges all of my life. Whenever I get stressed or sad, I turn to food as my comfort. I have learned so much about myself this week, and I feel that I have made the first step from turning this disorder around.
Whether anyone admits it or not, emotional eating is a disorder. Anything that makes you gain and obscene amount of weight should be considered an eating disorder. I’m going to stop here before I go further to make a statement. I’m not here to offend anyone. I am a Christian, and I believe that my faith is going to help me through this journey. God will give me the strength that I need. That being said, I learned this week, that I need to go to Jesus with my problems instead of food. My mom told me a long time ago that I tend to “fill a Jesus-shaped hole in my heart with food.” I now know what she meant.
Something interesting I read on Sparkpeople this week: “Don’t worry about meeting your actual calorie goals every day yet. Save that for Stage 2. Think of this as practice, as a learning opportunity. Education is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and having a good understanding of what you’re putting in your body is one of the smartest things you can do.” (SparkDiet Fast Break Strategy #1, here is the link to the full article https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/mys
_num=1). This makes complete sense. How do you fix something when you don’t know what is wrong with it? I learned a great deal about what I eat on a daily basis. I know that my issues are will-power and keeping motivated. So, I have a list of reasons why I want to lose weight on my phone and on my blog. I have remind myself of the reasons why I need to lose weight every time I eat, or I will overeat. Also, I have a list of rewards on my Sparkpage to keep me motivated for my next goal. Spring break is about to be here for my school work, so I am thinking during those two weeks that I am out of school, I will go around in my house and put up visual motivators that will keep me one track. I also have someone helping me keep accountable by the foods that I eat. I have to show her everything that I put in my body on a weekly basis. I don’t want to disappoint her, so I try very hard to do well.
As for exercise, I am doing a 10 minute walk everyday. So far, it is just getting me into the swing of things. I hope that I can soon join a water aerobics class. That just sounds like fun. Maybe one day I will buy a treadmill too.
I know that I am on the right track because in the first week I lost 4 pounds. I also know that this journey is not going to be easy. I know that I’m going to have ups and downs. But, I MUST stick with this! And, I WILL!

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  • no profile photo CD10735586
    You are on the right track! Very proud of you! emoticon
    2998 days ago
  • SONIA260
    you remind me of myself during my first week! You will and can do this, don't ever be afraid to be proud of every single accomplishment, never play them down...you deserve this!
    3003 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4329883
    Congratulations on your first 4 lbs and especially on the self-realizations that you made. Those are what will help you lose your next 4...and your next 4...and your next. :) I love what you said about turning to Jesus instead of food. It's a good reminder for me.
    3003 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10378117
    You can do this! And you're right about turning to Jesus instead of food. I turn to food also when I'm feeling stressed or sad and instead I should be praying and asking for guidance. We can do this. You're not alone :)
    3004 days ago
    Congratulations on your first week and your first 4 lbs lost!!! How exciting!!! You can and you are living a healthier life. Keep moving forward...
    3004 days ago
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