Celebrating my wins!

Win #1 19 days of eating no added sugar…no chocolates, candies or baddies!

Win #2 I’m 2 kilos down and feeling good

Win #3 The less added sugar I have, the less I seem to want it. Some very minor, “I could go some chocolate about now”, but not too bad in the scheme of things

Win #4 I can’t even remember the last time I binged, or thought about bingeing. It was probably around Christmas when people gave me so much chocolate.

Win #5 My skin is really clear at the moment. I guess it’s the Slow Carb Diet. But for the last five or so days, I’ve eaten no nasties at all. No dairy and no wheat. I usually have a couple of small pimples along my jawline, I’ve read that they are hormonal pimples, and they are totally gone. I wonder if it’s the dairy or the wheat.

Motivation!

Motivation is an interesting thing. My motivation is cyclical. It doesn’t matter what I am motivated about, it comes in waves: starting strong, keeping steady, and then eventually dropping off. When it’s work related I get through the slumps and make up for them when my motivation starts to peak. Sometimes I wish I could be more consistent, but usually there are external factors that spark up my motivation such as deadlines or events.

My motivation in relation to my health and struggle against binge eating is the same.

I just did some reading about the cyclical nature of motivation.

Motivation = driving state > behaviour aroused > behaviour directed towards goal.

This is an interesting theory: homeostasis, which explains the “stability of inner environment”. So when our “internal state” is not right, it motivates us to do something to fix it, once it is fixed we return to homeostasis.

I guess if I were to apply this thinking to how I have approached dieting or trying to lose weight in the past it would be:

Driving state:

I am not happy with my weight  (internal environment unstable)

Behaviour:

Dieting and exercise  (internal environment becoming stable)

Behaviour towards goal:

Dieting and exercise to lose weight (internal environment becoming even more stable)

So, even if I haven’t reached my weight loss goal my internal environment becomes more stable because I feel like I am doing something to reach my goal. Therefore I lose motivation because I am in “homeostasis”.

What is the solution?  Is there one?

Maybe the goal is too far away and my efforts need to be so long term that I eventually lose sight of the goal.

So, lesson here, make the goal:

  1. Not about weight loss because like I’ve shared previously that’s tough for me
  2. More about health and wellness and something I can control

This is easier said than done because even though when I write this blog I always say my current focus is on being healthy and getting past binge eating (which I am, I’ve been doing pretty well with it) I still weigh myself everyday and am disappointed!

I totally need to stop weighing myself, at least on a daily basis!

In my motivation research, here are some good tips for staying motivated:

1. Shift your vibe

Get rid of the negative self-talk by recognising it and squashing it! Replace it with something positive.

2. Stick with it

Recongise that motivation is cyclical and come back to it. Don’t give up!

3. Immerse yourself

Eat, sleep and breathe your goal.

4. Start small

Keep goals small and achievable.

PS – if you are reading this because your motivation is lacking, stick with it! You’ll get there!

References:

http://www.preservearticles.com/201104195558/facts-about-motivation.html

http://www.vibeshifting.com/surviving-the-slump-how-to-stay-motivated/

Surround yourself

Over the last year I have done so much reading of online resources, blogs and websites on binge eating. I have watched so many you tube channels to hear of someone’s similar experiences.

It was helpful. I didn’t feel so isolated. I could hear what worked for other people. It gave me inspiration and hope that I could get past my own demons.

But eventually I reached a limit where I felt tired and weighed down. I was focusing too much on the issues that other people had.

I needed positive inspiration!

I started watching some you tube videos and reading the blogs of super healthy people that I admired (I’ve listed some of my faves on the ‘stuff I like’ page). Even though these super healthy people (health nuts shall we call them?) were uber hardcore raw food vegans I find them incredibly motivating. They have inspired me and given me so many ideas and motivation to add more healthy options to my life.

Thanks to them I now eat much more raw food than I ever have. I juice and make smoothies regularly and feel great. I’m sleeping so much better than I used to and this is the first winter that I have gotten through (remember I’m in Australia, so winter has just passed) that I haven’t had a chest infection or some kind of virus that had me laid up at home for a few days. I really put it down to the positive changes I have made to my food intake (I’m not using the d-word!)

I  still struggle with binging, and when I binge I always go for the sweets and the chips. But my regular non-binge food is really healthy (Does anyone else eat like this?)

So my suggestion for anyone fighting their own issues with food, is read up and find out more about what’s going on with you….but also find people who are living lives that you admire!

Here’s some of my favourite inspirational music by the lovely Xavier Rudd…enjoy