Make sure you check out my blog post on A Weight Lifted, which is Green Mountain at Fox Run’s blog. I conducted a little “mindful eating experiment” where I didn’t eat mindfully at all. The results were somewhat surprising to me although I should have expected it. So go read how I learned that mindful eating is important.
And now, for the question and answer time! Just one question today.
That question is from Joanna who asked:
Tell us, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since arriving at Green Mountain?
Hard question. I’ve learned a lot while I’ve been at Green Mountain. Some of the things I’ve learned have been because of the program, some from other people, and some from myself, like the mindful eating lesson I wrote about today on A Weight Lifted.
If I have to choose something, I would say the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to tune in. I need to tune in to what my body is saying, what is happening in my life, what I’m thinking and feeling. A lot of the reasons why I struggle with weight is because of the bad coping mechanisms I developed to deal with stress and bad emotional situations. I eat to avoid what I’m feeling or what is happening. I eat to make myself disconnect. I eat to make sure I don’t feel anything bad. I eat because food is good and comforting and makes me forget about other things. So the biggest lesson I’ve learned was that I need to stop doing it.
I already sort of knew that. It’s easy to know things in your head and much, much harder to put them into practice. But my whole experience here has been about learning how to tune in to the things and situations where I previously shut down and turned to food. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I’ve definitely made progress. I’ve learned ways to deal and destress and cope in better ways. And I KNOW that I need to listen to my body. It’s a much better indicator of what I need than my mind sometimes.
So my biggest lesson has been to listen to myself…. To listen to what my body is saying and what it feels and needs and why it feels that way…. To listen to the thoughts in my own mind and don’t discard them if they are rough…
To tune in to my life instead of disconnecting.