So...it is Day 4 and things are going amazingly well. I knew one of the challenges I would face particularly in the first few weeks would be feeling hungry...or at least thinking I feel hungry. See...I am a stress eater. When I am overworked, overtired, overwhelmed...I eat. When I feel bad and am in a ton of pain, I eat. It is funny. It is not that I eat a lot at one time or eat a whole cheesecake or anything..I just eat, regardless of time of day and more often than not, at night...when my brain is working on overdrive and I have tolerated the pain as long as I can. In other words, it is an addiction. The food serves as a way to distract me from the issue (whatever it may be) and satiate whatever hunger I have real or contrived!
So I have decided to really work on managing that need in a way that is healthier and supports THIS journey...I guess you could say I have come up with my own "Hunger Games". I am trying to convince my brain that it is not FOOD that it needs...but instead a more appropriate response to the issue at hand. I am hesitant to say I am trying to "trick" myself...but...I am doing my best to redirect my responses to the stress/pain/etc...with little "games". The workouts, the inspirational phrases, posters, funny little sticky notes and this blog have all been new things that I have done in these first four days...and here is the cool part...I am not hungry today...not at all! Not to say that I have not had to remind myself that I am on a mission (so to speak) and that reaching this goal will change my life..but today has been better. AND I am guessing that the more I learn to manage the stress and the more I take care of my body...the better things will be!
Your prayers, messages of support, progress updates and creative ideas will all help me win this battle. LOVE is a powerful "thang"!!!
Blessings for the Day:
1. Funny Co-Worker who made this for me today!
2. A great (funny) message from a friend:
YOU GO GIRL!!! I WISH I HAD THE MINDSET YOU DO! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR BLOG AND CRRRRACKED UP ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT. LAUGHTER IS A GREAT MEDICINE AND YOU JUST KEEP ON LAUGHING, RUNNING, SWIMMING, SNAP, CRACKLING AND POPPING! WOOOOO GIRRRRL, COME AUGUST 2013 YOU GONNA BE ONE FIIIIINE FILLY! MUCH LUCK AND LOVE TO YA, KEEP ME POSTED!
I know this is the first week and and that there are 51 more to go...but so far..I think this is the best decision I have ever made. Journey 120-"MaWa" Inspired!!!!
For those that are taking on your own challenge...Let's tackle Tuesday and remember to Laugh!!!
"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything."