As I sit here and reflect on the past few days I realize how difficult this journey is going to be. All the online searches you do make dieting and lifestyle changes seem so easy – “Lose 20 pounds in one month” or “Lose 10 inches in 30 minutes a day” they say. I am here to tell you it is not easy. It is a struggle, a daily one. Each day I have an internal battle with myself regarding food. It sounds something like this in my head:
I want to eat that [chocolate, cookies, donuts, cake, chips, etc]. You do not need it. One little piece won’t hurt you. Stop it. It’s just one day. Nooooo.
Typically, I have been able to avoid these urges and it has definitely taught me that I need to revisit my relationship with food. I find I often want to get something to eat when I am stressed, bored, tired or happy. I have realized that eating for me is linked to my emotions and this will be the hardest things for me to overcome.
For now when I am thinking about mindless snacking I have been replacing the above cookies, chocolate or chips with carrots or cucumbers or any other healthy snack on my list of foods that I created for myself. That being said I have to work on the core issue that caused me to link food to emotions and use it as a coping mechanism. So, what coping mechanism am I going to be using to replace my unhealthy relationship with food? That is a good question. I am working on that but for now I have replaced it with writing, exercising, cleaning or playing with my children just to name a few. Or if it is late and I should be in bed, I do just that and go to bed.
This is a journey that we all can take. We can do it. It definitely takes a village.
2 eggs, cheddar cheese and two sausage links
6 oz. of chicken breast, 3 cups of romaine and one serving of dressing
6 oz. of chicken breast, 1/4 cup of cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of broccoli
Cucumbers, Sliced Deli Meat
I hope today is a wonderful day for you and that you are also able to take small steps towards reaching your goals and dreams. As cliché as it sounds I am taking it one day at a time – baby steps.
Until tomorrow find the beauty that is all around you!