One pound down and I am not looking back. I guess my body is making an adjustment, so who am I to judge? I judge, I admit it. Sigh.
Well, onto to something more interesting. Tonight's class was really helpful. We discussed the difference between what we need and what we want. My answer to what I need is for me to put my wellness in the forefront of my life from now on. Participating in this program is giving me some practice. On nearly a daily basis I am faced with adjustments to accommodate my fast - whether they are social or emotional. I need to speak up daily so that I can stay on the program and reach my goals.
Our leader went over how we can ask for what we need.
- Directly and concisely articulate our need
- State why it is important to us
- Explain what we need the person to do to support that need
- Express what the positive outcome will be when we are able to get the need met.
- I need to achieve and maintain a healthy, normal weight
- This will help me feel better, live more actively and stave off disease and mobility issues
- I need to own my goals and make choices and decisions that will support the healthy lifestyle that will get me there
- If I make the right choices I will feel more energetic, be able to have more fun, and hopefully feel better as I grow older. I will also feel proud of myself and my self-esteem will grow.
The point of this exercise is that when we are not getting our needs met, we get stressed, and then turn to food for comfort. It makes a lot of sense, and I can see how just a couple of unhealthy choices have led me to a slippery slope of overeating. Or when I need more support from my family, and don't speak up, I can feel resentful and stressed and overeat to fill that void.
I always have lots to think about after these meetings. This one cuts close to the issues of why I overeat, so it is particularly meaningful. As for the rate of my weight loss, I'm not going to complain. This program has been very effective for me, and the smaller loss this week is a reminder that I'm not a robot, and that I need to have patience with the changes happening to my body and let it adjust.
I hope all of you are having a great week. Thanks for stopping by to read my humble blog.