What does success feel like?
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I'm reaping the karma of allowing myself to fall into poor eating choices.
And the problem is that even though I don't want to keep gaining weight...I also don't seem to want to stop making the choices I've been making.
I realized that I need to remember what it feels like to be successful -- what those choices feel like every day. I have been successful in the past -- and I want to reorient myself to that stance so I can find it again! Here are some things that I am recalling I can do, be, think, or act upon that lead to a healthy mind and body.
(I was diagnosed with a benign ovarian cyst, plus a women's skin ailment that might be hormonal and might be auto-immune and might be...who knows. Anyway: I'm watching the cyst, and am taking an alternative path (not western, at least not not now) to help facilitate healing. However: I have been emotionally freaked out about it -- and that has lead to some VERY poor eating and exercise choices...especially coupled with my insanely busy fall work wise.)
So: I'm ready to pull up out of this downward spiral!
Here's a list in a little bit of random order:
~Making an assumption that I'm going to eat well.
~Stopping a moment to say "What COULD I eat that would be healthy?" when the urge arises to eat poorly.
~Planning ahead. Actually choosing the "plan ahead" food.
~Remembering that food serves many purposes -- social, emotional, physical -- and that accommodating all those purposes will be wise.
~Get enough social time with people I care about and who care about me so that I don't fall prey to "poor me" thinking.
~Realize how quickly food affects the body...in both good and bad ways. My neighbor pointed out to me that when you take a vitamin your urine turns very yellow (B vitamins) right away...and when you eat asparagus, that "funny smell" happens very rapidly. It's wise to choose healthfully!
~Being loving to myself...this is super tough, but when I eat and exercise better, I start to feel better about myself. The trick is to PULL UP and out of the downward spiral, even when I'm feeling bad about myself.
Getting enough sleep -- I blogged about this before, and just reminded myself that a full eight hours is GOOD!
~Drinking enough water -- For me it will be herbal teas because that's one of the ways I'm working on re-setting my body to cure this ailment. (Note to self: Less coffee and more tea!)
State of mind:
Ironically, both being present -- and also having some distance from -- the NOW is useful
Type of food:
And -- the type of diet I should be choosing is anti-inflammatory, which means, basically WHOLE food!
Be well, everyone.
Sorry for the non-edited version of this blog. As Mark Twain once famously did not say, "I didn't have time to write a shorter letter."