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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 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."

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    Just learned yesterday that having smaller sized dinner plates helps one to eat less. That was a revelation!

    Hope you can make some time each day to remember the "pearl of great price": your true identity. She is strong and powerful and wise.
    2263 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Anything less than the non edited version would not have been sufficient. i sense you
    needed to get it all out to really appreciate your options. I was impressed. Getting social time and spending time with friends will help you in your quest to be more loving to yourself. Don't leave that one out.

    I think you have a great plan. I have a good feeling about your success.
    Take good care and God bless in your efforts.
    2265 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I love the ending line! Good luck in making better choices. You know you can do it and you are strong! Today is a new day and we can always start over. emoticon emoticon
    2266 days ago
    Great blog; thanks for posting it. It lets me know I'm not the only one struggling this time of year. Your plan is wonderful - positive action and accountability. I'll be sure to keep you in my prayers so you get good health news. Keep busy - hopefully that will keep your mind off of worrying thoughts emoticon Be well, Pat
    2266 days ago
    Great plan, and I am sure you are going to get back on track.

    I would put just one thing as the most important of all. LOVE MYSELF.

    I know for me, I have to make myself take me into consideration, forgive myself whatever it is that I wish I wouldn't have done, and to stop blaming myself for every little mistake, be it actual or just in my mind.

    We are all our own worst enemy.

    I know that for many years, I punished myself with food because I had overeaten. It became such a terrible cycle.

    Right now I am working to do all of that, and to just take the pressure off of me.

    I do so much better when I don't expect myself to be perfect.

    God bless and help you with your physical issues, and help you to stay on a more even keel emotionally.

    I will be praying for a quick recovery.

    Wishing you the best.

    2267 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I certainly hear you about knowing enough to make the right choices, but not doing it. You are right to recognize that making conscious decisions is the way to get on top of bad habits. Think twice, put in your mouth once ... something like that:)

    btw, "What COULD I be eating that is healthy?", is a GREAT question. Good job:)
    Take care
    2267 days ago
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