SISYPHUS_CLIMBS
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"I can name a LOT of things that taste better than skinny feels. Potatoes! Bread!"


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I decided for my return to SP that I would update my user name to something more inspiring. I’ve always likened my weight loss efforts to the Greek myth of Sisyphus – a deceitful king who repeatedly outsmarted the gods. Zeus finally had him punished by forcing him to roll a large rock up a steep hill, only to watch it slide all the way down whenever he got close to the top. Sisyphus has long been used as a metaphor for futility and frustration.

My perceptions of the mountain and the rock have changed over time. When I was really struggling with binge eating and depression, the the mountain represented my attitude that I had to overcome, and the rock represented all the emotional baggage I'm carrying along the way. I have learned to manage my depression - I won't say fixed/overcome, because it is still there, lingering, but I have found ways of living with it. And I won't lie, getting on the right combination of medication helps.

The mountain can also represent my larger goals: getting healthy, completing my PhD, settling into my new role at work, and making time for my family. The rock in this case is self-sabotage, of which I am unfortunately guilty. Putting off working on my dissertation because I'm afraid of negative feedback from my advisor, eating junk food even though I have healthy alternatives available, working on easier tasks instead of the higher priority ones, etc. All these are things I know I should not do because they take me further from my goals, yet I do them anyway. And so they become my rock, pushing me farther down the hill, away from the summit that I'm trying to reach.


Member Since: 2/23/2011

Fitness Minutes: 96,153

My Goals:
Become more in tuned with my emotional state, manage my binge eating disorder and depression, focus on my long-term priorities rather than what gives me satisfaction in the short term.


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