A really great way to start your journey is to look at the pros of not eating compared to the cons of eating badly. So lets talk about eating at night. I have mentioned several times that in my families past we all connected by eating together after supper. I mean, if one family knew how to eat excessively, it was mine. We ate dinner, then dessert, then sat in front of the TV and maybe ate more dessert, or chips, or chocolate, or whatever. It was a feast every night at my house. I mean, this was a two to three hour process. Now that I am participating in the emotionally intelligent eating program I am not able to eat all that crap and it is forcing me to change how I spend my evenings.
Lets look at the pros and cons of my journey. So the pros of not changing is that I get to eat what I want and be extremely comfortable with not only dinner, but dessert, and then sitting in front of the TV, eating chips and chocolate, or a second helping of dessert, really just constantly eating.
Now lets look at the pros, by the way, another three pound weight loss, and that is a pro of changing, because not only do I realize what it was I was doing, which was overeating, making myself extremely uncomfortable by not changing. I actually really feel how food choices effect my body now. As well, I feel more positive about my sleep patterns and how I feel about myself. Now that my body has gotten used to the lack of carbohydrates I am taking in daily I feel energetic, quite literally not weighed down. Looking back on it now, I realize that because of the amount of what I ate and the concentrated carbs in what I ate I was feeling extremely sluggish. I loved to sleep all the time, now I am able to get up every morning. Just doing this makes a whole lot of difference in the way I feel about myself because I know that I have accomplished something; that I am really actually making a change in who I am.
Research has shown that across different behaviours we don’t change until we see that the pros of changing outweighs the cons. Dr. Laurie states that we don’t add secondary information to our primary knowledge base unless that new information is impactful. It has to be bright, loud, bold, or significant in someway to us, in order for us to adopt a new way. For me it is the correlation that I can see and feel between looking at food as just sugar and the decrease on the weigh scale. So now I have a way to look at my food diary, make an equation with my daily weight, and it makes sense. Grabbing a hold of my need to comfort myself with food has required for me to be more focussed on how I am feeling. The point is to not negate the feeling but to still feed the feeling, only with low carb choices. Another pro for me for not eating sugar at night is that I end up in the winner category of feeling that I am making an achievement and that I am no longer in the loser category of how I felt about myself and my lack of control over my eating and my weight.
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.