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7 Weeks Done - Gone By So Fast

Sunday, May 07, 2017

7 Weeks ago I made the decision to get my health back on track. At that moment it was kind of a whim. I came back to SparkPeople to find that a friend of mine was back here after a break and was doing good. I wanted to join the Sparkpeople feel good train. And I wanted to make it be different this time around. I wanted it to be fun, easy and joyful.

My Sparkfriend had a great idea to commit to 10 weeks, like a university semester, to working towards achieving her dreams. This resonated so much with me that I decided to do the same thing. What I decided was that I would take one facet of losing weight and study it. For me this was the idea of neurolinguistic training in regards to weight loss. So I checked a book out from the library that deals with this idea, and I have been using the techniques for the past 6 weeks. It is really beginning to make a difference in my thought patterns.

Yesterday I had an overripe banana that I would usually just throw in the garbage. But I decided to take the banana and find a good healthy recipe to bake something from it. I found a recipe for oatmeal banana muffins that didn't have any added sugar, oil, or four. The recipe only made 4 muffins, so I knew it also wouldn't result in a lot of extra baked goods sitting around tempting me. My plan was to bake them and then eat one muffin. Well, after I ate the one muffin, it was so tasty that I indulged in another. However, as I was eating the 2nd muffin I had thoughts of why am I not following my plan? Why am I allowing this muffin to take over? Then I realized this was my new training kicking in. This is exactly what I am training my mind to do, to stop eating mindlessly. Stop before I overeat. And if I do overeat, then stop with just that one mistake and not carry on.

You know it is really an awesome feeling to know that your efforts are being rewarded. If I had not had this chance to test stopping myself - I would not have had the chance to see that I can now stop with overeating one thing and not gorging on a whole recipe of muffins.

Anyway, I know this is not a new idea to most people here on SparkPeople. It was not a new idea to me either. But to actually stop and think, and not beat myself up, to stop and not think, oh I blew it, might as well eat the rest - this was a new feeling for me. It felt quite liberating and very joyful.

I hope you all have a wonderful, health week.
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