Thursday, July 7, 2011

Looking to commute the sentence...

I'm working through the slow molasses-like quality of body and mind at war. I am trying to make healthy choices and move myself towards vibrancy but the part of me that still "craves" unhealthy foods (especially sugar) is at war with the rational part of me that understands that each poor choice is truly adding to my jail sentence. Each cookie traps me in this unhealthy body for a longer period of time. I'm going to breathe, be kind to myself, and try again. Do you find yourself at war with yourself sometimes? Are you a prisoner of your own cravings? I'd love to hear how you overcome your own resistance to change.

Namaste from cell-block 8(ate),

Jan

3 comments:

yogurt said...

All.The.Time. It is most definitely getting harder with age (sorry). Depending on my physical need (how much or how recently I've eaten) I will try to stem a craving with some fruit and a few nuts (almonds or walnuts). I tell myself, if I'm still craving in 20 minutes, I can return to the kitchen.

Other times I employ something I learned from Judith Beck of The Beck Diet Solution. I visualize my goal, say seeing myself wearing a pair of jeans with a belt and the shirt tucked in. Then when I think of the junk food I am craving I repeat a bunch of times "Not an Option... Not an Option." Meaning... not an option if I want to achieve that look I am striving for. I'm not always successful with these strategies but sometimes I am.

Deanna said...

I take one day at a time. The sugars don't usually tempt me much (I said usually...).... but salty treats are my downfall. I've discovered I do fine until I start seeing progress weight wise. It is like a sabotage myself when I begin seeing success. So, I am trying to stay off the scale during the month of July and listen to my body and how my clothes fit instead. We'll see!

Jan Holt said...

Thanks ladies for the great ideas and support. Today was emotionally challenging so that makes me reach for the goodies. I'm paying attention to the cravings and trying to detach. One day at a time. I REALLY like the "not an option" mantra... I'll definitely try that! Hugs to you both!