Motivation

Tina at Carrots and Cake wrote an interesting post yesterday about books that were motivational to her in terms of healthy living and losing weight. That post got me thinking about the book that produced quite a few epiphanies for me.

Women, Food and God was a life-changing book for me. There were countless “a-ha” moments. When the author spoke about her experiences and her feelings about food, I felt like she was speaking about me. I could relate to her so much.

Now I think it is time to read that book for a second time (and maybe a couple of the books that Tina mentioned). The past couple of days have been rough for me. I have made some bad choices and I am trying to recover from a binge as I type this. I think I feel even guiltier for the binge because I am supposedly a healthy living blogger. I debated on whether to talk about this or not, but I want to be honest with you guys.

It seems like every single day is a struggle. I struggle to make the “right” choice with every single bite that goes into my mouth. Maybe that’s why I felt the urge to binge yesterday and tonight. I am just tired of the struggle. I am tired of fighting every day to be healthy and be active. So I gave in to my impulses because it’s the easier thing to do.

But every day is a day for new choices. I have to figure out a new way of coping and handling my urge to binge. Living a healthy lifestyle should not be this hard. Should it?

I think my first step is to go back to Geneen Roth’s guidelines to eating. These guidelines are good rules to follow and I can honestly say that I don’t follow any of them.

  • Eat when you are hungry.
  • Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
  • Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
  • Eat what your body wants.
  • Eat until you are satisfied.
  • Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
  • Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.

Thanks for following along with me during this little ramble. I promise that tomorrow’s post will be somewhat cheerier. :)

Do you follow these guidelines on a regular basis? Is there any book that has motivated you in terms of healthy living and weight loss?

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7 responses to “Motivation

  1. I love to read and often need motivation myself. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I will be checking this book out soon :)

  2. Girl, I totally hear you on the binge eating! This book sounds really interesting- I will have to check it out!

  3. I’ve never had a book about healthy living/weight loss affect me that way, but I do get really engrossed in books (mostly fiction though).

  4. Just don’t beat yourself up over it! Healthy food blogger doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. I used to read blogs daily and compare my eating habits to others. If anything it made me eat more and then feel badly about it. Taking a step back and realizing I didn’t have to eat according to any rules…it helped my overeating a lot!

    • Kate, thanks so much for your comments. I think that’s part of my problem: comparing myself to other people (especially bloggers). I am working on it though. I will work on being my own person (and my own blogger). Thanks for your support!

  5. I have heard of Women, Food, and God and all I hear are good reviews! I’m glad you enjoyed it too :)

  6. I’m on my third reading of that book. The part about “the voice” is so …oh so amazing, huh?
    Still haven’t mastered those pesky guidelines, rthough.

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