For those of you who don't know, I am in the midst of a lifestyle journey. Since January 1, 2013 I have been "clean living". This means, I've cut processed foods out of my life. In so doing, I have lost 40 pounds and am halfway to my goal weight.
I get a lot of questions regarding my process. To put it simply.Eat Real Food
But people don't like hearing it. They've heard it before. However that equation has, and always will be, the secret to weight loss. Some of you diet aficionados are aware though, there is so much more to it.
How do I stay on track?Think small.
Honestly, I must focus on today. Often in one hour increments. I'd love to say I'll be in the 170's by the time I go to Florida in June. But how can I promise myself that and fail? Just like I've failed so many times before. So I think about right now. That's it. That's all we truly have.Fix my crazies.
Yes, I'm crazy. That may come as a surprise to you, sweet reader. But I'm nutso
. I have a wonderful husband who loves me and tells me I'm gorgeous. Often my blog readers will support me with compliments. When it comes down to it, staring blankly at my naked, pre-shower bod I think to myself, "Ugh..." It's incredibly difficult to even say "Thank you" when someone compliments my changing body. Often times I'm re-act with a grander compliment to them, "You're crazy!"..."Shut Up!"...or my ever-popular "Psh!"
But I'm crazy (Didn't I already say that?
). Why can't I see the beauty within myself when others do? Have to seen that new Dove commercial? It rings so very true with me. So, back to fixing my crazies. I first and foremost have to learn to myself. This is no easy task.
I read an amazing book called Empowering Women. This book has changed my life. I felt like a badass after reading it. I am WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR! Rawr. One of her biggest gigs is self affirmation. An affirmation is something to say to yourself over and over in the mirror. The idea being that you are talking to your sub-conscious. It works. Plain and simple. My Daily Affirmations:
"I am a divine expression of life. I love and accept myself the way I am right now."
"The past has no power over me."
"I am grateful for all things in my life."
"I love myself."
I used to have such mean, angry, hateful dreams about my father. Also, I used to constantly have recurring nightmares about my greatest fear, tornadoes. Since I've implemented this daily (sometime more
) my dreams have changed. My sub-conscious has changed. I no longer scream at my father in my dreams, or flowing with rage. Most of the time, I simply listen with a lotus-like glow feeling inside me.
And the tornadoes? I used to wake up right before they'd "get" me. About a month ago, I was having a tornado nightmare. In the dream, I took shelter. I was alone. I held on to the roots of the Earth while I felt the tornado lift my body off the ground. I opened my eyes and thought, "This is it. I'm really going to die from my greatest fear." I held on tight. I thought the roots would break. Then, the tornado past. My body was lowered. I was alive.
I often think about those vivid dreams. They remind me to move forward. That life gets better. That I CAN do this. And I owe all that strength to my affirmations, however silly I feel saying them to my reflection. Track my food & exercise
There are so many apps out there for this sort of thing. I highly suggest you do this. Like I've been saying throughout this entire process: BE HONEST WITH YOUR NEGATIVES BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR POSITIVES.
That's why I joined Fatsecret.com.
Actually I joined it back in April 2012, a year ago. And I was honest with my eating...and I didn't like it. I didn't go back to Fat Secret until April 2013. Eesh
. But it's really helped me through my first plateau. I can take a closer look at what I'm eating and what to adjust; what to research. It's also a great community of support no matter what you're doing to be healthier.
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The food. The exercising. The consistency.
All of those fall into place after I did the these things. Because my food addiction was purely mental.
And once I address the core of my problem, everything else fell into place.
I'm finding out through so much support and stories, everyone is different. What works for me, may not work for you. But I urge you to try. Take your destiny into your own hands - grab that sum'bitch and get it! Love, support and kindness will get all of through this crazy life. So please let me know what you're doing to become healthier and stick to it.
And from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best of luck.
See more of my journey and ranting at: The Nautical Owl