|Look who was on the tree when I went to try to take a pic of a BLUEBIRD! Yay for spring|
Over the past few years, I have been on a transformative sort of journey- physically, emotionally and mentally. When I began this blog it was a way to chit chat with people about my art, teaching and other things that I do. It was surprising that it made a difference to some people, but you just never know who is going to need to hear your particular message for the day. Not that I think my ideas are all that special, but it is what is important to me at that time. I frequently compose my blog posts while walking and/or driving- times when my mind is free to drift a bit. This one has been brewing for few months and it might be an ongoing theme, so bear with me.
|SHUT UP- the daffodils are on the way!!|
So what does this have to do with anything?? Well, I do not want to diss the Loseit website, as it provided me with a tool to accomplish something that I needed to and gave me a way to find a new lease on life, to put it in a corny way. Yet, there was something that bothered me.
All through my life, for as long as I can mostly remember, I have been concerned about my weight. I remember having a girl on the bus tell me that I would grow out of my chubbiness. (NOTE- reviewing pix of my younger days I was NOT all that heavy, this is quite disturbing to me, actually), I must have expressed this to my mom, as I remember a few times she very kindly tried to steer me in the direction of healthy eating (though she used cigarettes to remain thin herself- also disturbing). I was not shunned growing up, I had a great group of friends, but we were not the pretty or cool girls. (Oh yes, another sidebar- that has been refuted by a few people as well- hmm) So what happened? Why did my weight go up and then down a bit and then up and so on. Seriously I am not sure what all the factors are, but social pressures and suggestion was apparently at work, not to mention the use of food to soothe ones feelings, and the big fat old D word. DIETING.
I have never thought of myself as a yoyo dieter. I didn't in my mind gain and lose the same 20 pounds my whole life. My journey was a little different than that, but that is just the details, the overall truth is that the outcome was still the same. Every day I woke up and was going to "be good" and eat "healthy" and exercise and stay away from the "bad" foods and eat the "right" way, and every day I failed. EVEN after I got to my goal weight ( oh honey, there is a whole 'nuther post about that coming) I realized and I may even have mentioned here somewhere that I NEVER ate perfectly. Not one damn day did I eat like I was supposed to. NOT ONCE in 2 years did I not eat something extra, or have some chocolate or god forbid a fucking cookie entered my mouth. Even though I starved myself for the last 2 weeks before I hit that random goal weight - I felt relieved that I got there, but did not feel like I did it right. I felt like I lucked out, and maybe I did luck out- some people never get to goal weight and then spend their life feeling even more like a failure.
THIS is just wrong.
So somewhere in the last half year or so, because I had a really hard time with maintaining (read:continuing to follow a diet) I started discovering and following some websites and people who are intuitive eating advocates. Intuitive eating basically is trusting yourself to eat what you need. It is not killing yourself with restriction and the resulting bingeing. It is not punishing yourself for eating something with hours of exercise. It is eating what you want, when you want, but it is NOT returning to your old way of eating either. That is the thing that some people don't get. MOST people don't get super heavy because they are just hungry ALL the time, they are eating because they have something that is bugging the crap out of them. They are eating to drown out the voices in their heads and the voices from some people around them, telling them they are not good enough, that everything they are doing is wrong. THAT is the emotional eating that everyone knows about and many of us do. There are some lucky people who just don't do that so much, somewhere they learned coping strategies that don't involve food. THIS is something that is hard hard work.(another post, another day)
|I love finding surprises like this that just emerged from the snow|
|And Jac- there is Jac!|
Then I broke the MA out of his office and we went for lunch up in Butternut. Schinebeck's Shanty makes a mean veggie burger (really well prepared) and I decided instead of having fries or their not real terrific salad (sorry, but iceberg lettuce doesn't cut it for me), I'd just stick with their chips. The burger is big, and so I didn't need much more than that. I was starving, too, but I get full fast and I am trying to not order too much, because it is so hard for me to leave food on my plate. Well turns out the chips are these fresh fried ones, that they make themselves in the deep fryer and I tested one out and was blown away. THEY WERE SO GOOD!! I ate most of them first as they were sublime hot! And then I had my veggie burger with the fried onions, lettuce, tomato and bbq sauce and was so content and full. And I did NOT have one moment of regret over deep fried or chips or the onions or anything else, because I liked it!! And I did not have to continue eating anything else, later, because I was satisfied and happy and I did not EVEN need to go beat myself into submission by running or walking for 2 or 3 hours, which would have happened even 6 months ago. I didn't even really think about my food - I just had it. I didn't realize the significance of this until I was talking to my coach this morning. This was huge. This is a break through for me. I usually am obsessed with my food and menu.
|I found Ruger's tennis ball near Lola|
So, I am not logging my food on loseit anymore. I am entering my exercise for some reason. I find that ok. I don't feel ruled by the exercise. I am craving activity, as this winter has left me feeling not as strong as I like to feel. On the other hand, I have a few recurring injuries that have healed well because I have eased up too. Now to find the balance and moderation.
|Hen and Chicks, baby|
There is so much more to life than diets and you are worth so much more just as you are than what the media and diet gurus and all those other people who are just out to make MONEY from you. Trust your body and trust yourself. It takes a lot of time, it takes a leap of faith, it takes some difficult steps, but is worth it all. You my friends are awesome and being thinner does not make you more so. It can make you feel good about yourself, but it should never make you feel worse or worse yet, like you are a failure. You give me so much joy, I hope you can find a way to find joy in yourself as well. xoxo