Realization & Pivot
It occurred to me last night that while I’ve been talking about emotional eating, and behavior and mindset modification, I’ve still placed too much focus on food. I’ve talked and thought about food choices and food consumption, what I should or shouldn’t eat, and making better food choices when meal planning and eating out. These things do have a place in the weight loss journey, however, for me, overcoming the battle with feeding my emotions must come first.
Over the years and particularly in the last five years, I’ve done a tremendous amount of research on nutrition, weight loss, diets, and fitness. I’ve read countless books, blogs, articles, and published research studies. I’m an intelligent, educated woman. I know what nutrition my body needs and what food choices are good, better, and best. I understand exercise and how aerobic activities and weight training fit into a healthy lifestyle. I can educate others on these topics.
My point is, I know what to do for myself and I do it – inconsistently because I allow my emotions take over my decision making. I’m a repeat failure. I’m not putting myself down, I’m self-reflecting. I believe that failure is simply an opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better version of myself. This is what I’m truly after – BECOMING.
I wrote the following in a blog post at the beginning of this journey and it bears repeating here:
“Often times when we focus on change, we’re focusing on what we don’t want, the negative. On the other hand, if we focus on BECOMING, we pivot our attention to our desired outcome which is usually a better version of our self or situation. So, I’m choosing to BECOME!”
I’m taking my own advice today and pivoting my attention (again) to my desired self. The self that has identified options for avoiding emotional eating and the discipline to choose a non-food behavior. I’m doing a deep dive into my triggers and creating a plan to navigate my emotions.