I'm not running a marathon anytime soon, but I'm still working toward a goal.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I see so many blogs here on Sparkpeople that are all about training for something physical, but I rarely see someone get down and dirty about the emotional turmoil, the spiritual journey and how to be present in your mind and body during this process. It is my true belief that until you dissect and analyze what led you to gain the weight in the first place, you won't have lasting success. Without awareness of behaviors and making changes to all aspects of your being, you're only creating more distractions and lies that you'll eventually tire of.

Sure we want our physical selves to get stronger, healthier, more capable. But what about our emotional selves that led us down this road of dishonesty, unworthiness, abuse? If you are reading this thinking I'm crazy for using the word abuse you are probably someone who isn't self aware. We all discredit ourselves everyday whether we doubt our capabilities, our opinions or just do something we don't really want to do. Those of us who are addicted to food abuse our bodies by treating it like a garbage can. Eat, Eat, Eat..... until your body is lumpy, bumpy, and dull. ABUSE!

I've been reading Iyanla Vanzant's book Peace from Broken Pieces and have gained a lot of insight and perspective that I've never really taken the time to learn or see before. It was all about getting from one day to the next and being the best I could be (in other's eyes, not my own). We learn our behaviors from others' and adopt those same behaviors regardless of how damaging they are to our own self worth and image.

So I urge each of you to really take a look at what behaviors you do and how you can lift yourself instead of draining yourself. I realize that eating right and exercise are the fundamentals to weight loss, but there is much more to it than that for contentment.
If anyone knows any SparkTeams that work on lifeclasses or emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as the physical, let me know.

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Certainly there is an emotional component to weight loss and to most of what we do. Most likely we got into habits because they felt good when we learned them, or it's the only model we had.

    Then, how did we get overweight? Maybe the habits that worked when we were five, no longer work. Maybe if we learn to associate positive emotions to the new habits we want to change, we can unlearn the old behaviors.

    If there isn't a group that address these issues, you can always create one. I'll join, in support of your efforts.
    2065 days ago
    Well written. I hope there's a Spark team that can help you to learn to feed your innerself.
    2068 days ago
    I know for me, my mind is as big a part of the weight loss journey as exercise and eating right. If I can't wrap my mind around it then I have a hard time following through with anything. Good post
    2071 days ago
    I don't see the spiritual or emotional blogs too much either. No matter what obstacles we are trying to overcome, it starts within. I self doubt a lot and I am working hard to overcome that. Being self critical just hinders are success. I try to lift myself up by reading positive quotes or by replacing the negative self talk with something more positive. It's not always easy but I feel like the more I practice, the better I will get.

    That's great that you got a lot of insight from the book. :)

    There is a spark team called "Inner Journey." I think it may just be what you are looking for.

    Another team you may want to join in "The peppy party." It's not quite what you are looking for but if you want to be cheered on and cheer other people on, it's a great team.

    Awesome blog!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Added you as a spark friend because you have the right idea about where success stems from! Hope you don't mind. :)

    2071 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.