Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A picture of today...

Hey, hey...look who's back from the void.

Confession time:  I have had SUCH a hard time pulling myself together the last month.  After my posts about the struggle and my HOPEFUL post that I was pulling it around, it's been quite a struggle again since.  My weeks have mostly been doing really great for 5-6 days and then come Sunday, I'd find myself elbow deep in chocolate and chips and crying on the couch by 9pm.  There's one thing to indulge and another thing to just stuff your face with a bunch of things you don't really want, but you just feel the overwhelming NEED to have them.  And as much as I tried to brush off these 'rough days' and move on, the repetition of them was really getting to me.  It's like I've been trying to dig out of a hole and just when I felt like I would start to get some traction to get myself out of this bad cycle, I'd fall to the bottom again and have to start climbing, all while feeling terribly defeated (and pretty gross from all that junk eating)

And on top of that frustration...I've wanted this blog to be a place where I document my struggles as much as my 'successes.'  But to be quite honest, I couldn't even formulate sentence for a post this entire time.  My food OBSESSION reared it's ugly head again...making it difficult to think about anything BUT food and/or the self loathing that comes with all of the overindulging and bad choices. Even my once-a-week balance recap just seemed like too much 'food focus' (even though we've had some REALLY great healthy recipes the last month!  Some favorites include Asian lettuce wrap salads20 minute chicken satay and mini Mediterranean turkey meatloaves)  I still find myself struggling with the balance of ENJOYING food without letting it become TOO much.  It's even MORE frustrating when I feel like I've gotten a lot of elements of it under control, only to tumble backwards.  It made it feel a zillion % worse BECAUSE I had been doing so well. 

I think the added anxiety of having to perform on a stage again (IN PUBLIC!) with my adult tap class, really brought up all of my 'grade school' nervousness of feeling like the self-conscious one in the group.  So OF COURSE, with that I really wanted to try to lose weight before hitting the stage, but instead ended up self-sabotaging myself at every turn.  The pressure I put myself to lose weight, coupled with the comparison of how I would look next to all the other ladies in my class didn't lead me to determination and willpower.  It lead to anxiety, which looped right back into overeating, feeling lousy and then overeating some more.

And ya know what happened the day of the recital?  

As the weekend approached, I realized I wasn't going to just drop the hoped for 40 pounds, and then completely shifted my focus to saying 'well, it is what it is so I might as well just enjoy it.'  And I did.  And I had a blast.  My preoccupation with my weight was far from my thoughts and I just had fun and danced.  
And I even made a mental note that I felt like I was going to have an easier time trying to eat well again, once the PRESSURE of 'needing' to lose weight was released.  And ya know what?  It has been.  It's crazy how much we can psych ourselves out sometimes.

So here's where I am now:  Last Tuesday, I felt as gross and low as you could get.  COULD NOT even think about how I was going to get out of this place, feeling gross both mentally AND physically.  And once I realized I have been TEACHING a bunch of yoga classes (27 in June!), but not really DOING much yoga, I decided (thanks to Scott for watching the kidsJ) to get up and GET MOVIN!  Now that the recital is over and my foot has been feeling better, I've wanted to get my cardio back into the picture, so I popped my ear buds in and got to dancin.  And by the time I was done, I felt a zillion times better.  Doing it the next day?  Even better.  So now I've been working on adding ACTUAL exercise (NOT JUST TEACHINGJ) back into nearly every day.  (I've never really had much 'mental' issues with exercise, and I definitely have a post regarding that coming up soon)  But the exercise has not only made me feel physically better, but has helped my mental game A TON.

And on the food front, I've been reading this book from the library...
A friend of mine had recommended it to me, as she has VERY SUCCESSFULLY overcome overeating.  It has a lot of interesting advice, and at the forefront is to STOP DIETING.  I've very rarely followed a traditional 'diet' in all of my years of healthy eating.  But I HAVE looked at food as 'good' vs. 'forbidden' and still struggle with this.  I've definitely been shifting my focus to eating not for weight loss, but for HEALTH'S SAKE this year, but still struggle with not feeling guilty with the 'bad' food.  (and again-there IS a difference between enjoying a splurge vs. starting to eat chocolate and not stopping until you hate yourself, even though you barely tasted it)  Also:  THE SCALE.  I could probably write a whole blog solely on the mental havoc the scale causes my brain (and I NEED to write a post soon), but let's just say I'm trying to ban it nearly COMPLETELY because it is doing me ZERO favors.  It just makes weight loss get in my head too much and we severely need an overdue break up.


OK...so as usual, this is way too long, but I just needed to get on here and type it out.  As always, I just wanted to share that I'm the journey just like all of you!  Hope you have a great day.


Connect with me:

On Instagram  
Through Email
On Youtube
Comment below

As always...thanks for reading!

5 comments:

Lynette Bonanni said...

Oh Donna,, thanks for your honesty, which is such an encouragement to me and I'm sure other friends.
I have been struggling with that same issue most of my life. I don't understand why I can lose such control in minutes.. I will have a great day but the minute I walk in my door all of my good behavior and discipline is gone!..
But today is another day. And every day I feel I tackle another little issue that is in the big equation. Also,, it keeps me humble... I have to take the time to re-evaluate my feelings, my motives, my anger, my pride.
Love you,
Cousin Lynette

dong dong23 said...

michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
air max 90
celine handbags
rolex watches outlet
louboutin pas cher
polo shirts
nike uk
coach outlet
louis vuitton
coach factory outlet
michael kors purses
hermes birkin bag
coach outlet
nike blazers
ralph lauren
jordan concords
nike factory outlet
nike free run 2
oakley sunglasses
toms shoes
nike roshe run
louis vuitton outlet
fitflops
michael kors handbags
coach outlet store online
ray ban sunglasses
oakley vault
louis vuitton outlet stores
nike air huarache
oakley vault
lebron james shoes 2015
nfl jerseys wholesale
coach outlet
jordan shoes
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin outlet
nike sb shoes
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
20167.18wengdongdong

dada24 Xu said...

hermes belt outlet
authentic louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton bags
adidas superstars
jimmy choo
coach outlet store online
christian louboutin shoes
jordan shoes
cheap air max
toms outlet store
ugg boots on sale
louis vuitton outlet online
kate spade handbags
birkenstocks
michael kors outlet store
discount oakley sunglasses
canada goose jackets
christian louboutin sale
tiffany jewelry
hermes belt
pandora charms
longchamp bags
yeezy boost 350
coach factory outlet
supra store
kate spade outlet
michael kors outlet online
white converse
fitflops sale clearance
reebok outlet store
ugg for kids
oakley vault outlet store
celine handbags
206182CAIYAN

caiyan said...

ugg boots
louboutin
levis outlet online
chaussures louboutin
birkenstock sandals
ugg boots
pandora outlet
louis vuitton handbags
oakley sunglasses
toms shoes
20161104caiyan

John said...

michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton outlet online
michael kors handbags
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet store
nike outlet
pandora bracelet
jordan uk
tiffany and co outlet
polo ralph lauren pas cher
2017213yuanyuan

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...