Reflecting on my past, being addicted to the FEELING that I thought food gave to me, I realize that my life played out like a swing.
I have high times with family and friends, times where I'd forget about my weight and my addiction to food and the emotional attachment that it had on me. At other times I'd sink low and feel worthless. Never balanced.
My diet/food intake worked the same way...
The above pic was when I'd swing far in one direction. Foods were out of control. I could eat until I was physically ill. I would consume 1000's of empty calories until the emotion left my body, whether it was happy, tired, sad, or anxious...it didn't matter, I ate to protect or cover it up.
In this pic above I THOUGHT I had that swing fairly balanced...I was controlling portions but not the foods I was putting into my body, and I had more bad days than good. I was working out like a maniac.
Pic above I REALLY THOUGHT I had it all figured out this time...
I was running over 40 miles a week, working hard to focus on balance with my nutrition BUT a lot of that nutrition came from a box or a bag...I was controlling the binge eating most of the time and we did a lot less eating out HOWEVER I still didn't figure out that my swing wasn't fully balanced. I would workout HARD and figure I should be "rewarded" with food. A good workout meant it was time to EAT...but did I have it all figured out?
These days things are much different. My swing focuses on having good days MOST of the time, working out hard and watching my food intake ALWAYS. I don't "deserve" to eat crappy because I workout hard...it's far the opposite. If I workout hard, then I should reward myself by taking care of my insides with proper nutrients. They go hand in hand and for so long I knew that but felt like I didn't have to practice it in order to find success. I was wrong. It takes a balancing act. The swing must find a way to stay level and not lean too far to EITHER side.
I have learned that it is just as dangerous, if not worse, to allow that swing to fall to the other end. Workout 2-3 hours a day, consuming very little nutrients if anything at all. THIS is just as big of a problem for women. Am I right?
My life was only extremes...
I'd eat terribly, workout NEVER and expect my life to change and get better.
OR I'd eat so specifically that it drove me insane and made me grumpy and resentful toward everyone around me and then I'd exercise so much that I'd feel exhausted 24/7.
THAT cycle repeated itself for YEARS. Year after year, I'd think I was doing better and then that cycle would made an appearance back into my life.
FIND YOUR BALANCE!
It is SO unhealthy to allow yourself to swing too far in either direction, remember that? If we want true health and happiness, it's about finding OUR balance. And that balance may not be like the people around you and it shouldn't be...we ALL have our own journey and life to create and make better. Use it to push you and make your stronger, DO NOT use it to hold you back from achieving greatness. If we all allowed things to stand in our way from accomplishing our goals, where would we be? Back at the bottom. Instead, lets rise to the top TOGETHER!
You with me??
It's almost Spring/Summer, are you sticking to your New Years Resolutions and goals??? How? Why not?