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3/11-3/17/15 Week 1 Recap

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” (Santosh Kalwar)

3/11 WI: 165.0
3/18 WI: 164.2

NSVs: Ate vegan on weekdays, tracked daily on MFP, shared thoughts/experience with hubby a few days during the week (vulnerability moments for sure!)

First week of intentional weight loss is in the books. I noticed that there were a few times where "diet thoughts" creeped in - Am I losing weight? I hope the scale goes down. What if I didn't do enough cardio? I shouldn't have eaten XYZ. - but I didn't get caught in the spiral of those thoughts.

Expecting those kinds of thoughts to occur makes it easier to observe them when they happen. So when they do happen, I can better see them for what they are: the firing of neural pathways that were laid down and reinforced from many years of deprivation and obsession.

And if the thoughts are my brain's way of doing what it does best, which is keeping me safe and protected in the most efficient way possible, I can be grateful for those thoughts. It also means I can work to change my brain, and set new neural pathways for the behaviors I want (eating in a sane way). Further more, it means that there's nothing wrong with ME as a person, there's no failing as a human being because I binge eat.

Yes, I overate all weekend. Yes, there were a couple times I beat myself up. The difference this time was that I noticed much more quickly when my inner critic was in charge, and was able to remove the judgment and separate myself from the usual story (I'll always overeat, I can't diet, I screwed up again). When the judgment was gone and there was distance from the story, I relaxed, accepted my body and how it felt in that moment, and got on with my day.

Here's to week 2!
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    I am impressed with your attitude and mind change for your lifelong healthy journey.
    May I suggest a book to you called 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle, it helps with changing your mindset for the positive. I use it still to this day being in maintenance, its good for a refresher sometimes to keep the good in the forefront of your mind and not get down on yourself!

    I appreciate your comment the other day on my blog about unconventional thinking, sometimes its what is needed instead of thinking about things in the same way!

    Keep track of your NSV's because that is just as important as seeing the scale numbers go down, make sure you read the articles about plateaus as well, since it will be helpful when you feel you are a bit stalled, not even with just the scale. That helped me a lot in my journey. I am going to friend you okay :)~
    1459 days ago
    Awesome! You are off to a great start!
    1461 days ago
    Sounds like you are off to a great start!
    1461 days ago
    What a great way you have of seeing thing. It's easy to get into the "diet" trap but the way you notice and grow from it is great. That's something that I would like to be able to put into practice myself. Congratulations on your week!
    1462 days ago
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