This month of my food addiction battle was filled with both continued struggles and new inspiring lessons. I want to share both with you in hopes of giving not only helpful tips, but also encouragement if you too are still fighting with little or no victory.
Let’s start with the wins…
I needed to slip back into Step 1 of my plan for some work in the area of accepting where I am today. This summer my family will be visiting the beach and I’ve been obsessed with what my weight will be at that time. So obsessed that I can’t even get excited about the much needed vacation because I know there’s no way to get to my goal weight by that point.
One huge step towards acceptance was finally updating my pictures, including my About Me page, and the profile pictures here on the blog and across my social media accounts. I have avoided joining Instagram to stay away from posting current pictures. I took the leap this month and created an Instagram account, even posting a full length picture of me and my kids from a couple of months ago. This was a giant leap and I’m excited to have taken it.
Another win this month is my discovery of The Daniel Plan. You can read more about this awesome lifestyle in my review, but I want to share my favorite tip from the book again here. I have no doubt I’m well on my way to the sitting disease they describe. Their advice to get up every hour for a few minutes is slowly saving me.
I’ve been wanting to start rebounding for a while and this was the perfect excuse to dust off my mini trampoline. I bought it years ago, shoved it into a closet, and forgot about it. Now it is proudly sitting by my favorite seat, among my puppy and freshly painted side table. It doesn’t really blend with the decor, but it’s the best reminder to get up every hour and jump for a few minutes.
You can check my Health and Fitness board on Pinterest for some links on how to use a rebounder. Basically I’m just at a light bounce for a few minutes at a time right now.
So I guess it’s time to open up the confessions now.
In the January update, I shared about starting Weight Watchers. I must admit to skipping 2 weekly weigh-ins since then and truly struggling with my food choices.
Food addiction is hard, my friends. So very hard. I have broken free from both alcohol and drugs, staying away from them for over 15 years now, but food… Food has a strange, unwavering hold on me. One I can’t seem to shake.
I made my family a Candy Bouquet for Valentine’s Day. This was not a well thought out decision. I had a ton of candy left over which I, of course, quickly consumed, leading to many more bad food choices.
Sugar sets me up for a binge every time. I found it quite ironic that the related posts at the bottom of my bouquet tutorial linked to The Lies of Sugar Addiction I wrote a year ago. What a bold warning sign!
I’m not giving up. This is not meant to be a pity party. I just want to be honest about where I am. I’m excited about my mini trampoline, even if it overwhelms my living room a bit. The food slips are telling me loud and clear, sugar must be avoided.
I’ve shared here before my addictive tendencies cannot have any part of sugar. Just as I can’t have that first glass of wine, I must avoid a first bite of any and all candy, desserts, or sugar filled foods.
How are you doing this month? Any successes or losses you could share? I would love to hear from you in the comments. I’m so thankful to have you on this journey with me.