I work full-time, lead nonviolent conflict resolution groups part-time and I'm facing my past and getting stronger for my future. Recently started some strength training with alternating cardio. Looking to become more flexible, toned, strong,, and mentally/physically/emotionally healthy. Thin is no longer the goal. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy relationship= new mantra. Change IS good.
Recently started green smoothies (favorite is kale, banana, almond protein milk) and strength training. I have struggled up and down with weight since I was 13 years old..I will NOT go back to my highest weight I attained in high school b/c it was an unhealthy binge-eating lifestyle. I never purged but it was like something that was all consuming. Goals now are healthy lifestyle choices and learning how not to "stuff" emotions when I visit family in Michigan (patterns of the past include putting on 2-5 lbs each time I see them and having a swollen, bloated stomach from eating foods I don't keep in my own home. Facing demons of the past and making peace so I have a better future!! Interested in learning yoga, also.
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Thank you so much for the comment on my page!
To answer your question, I am 5'9".
The truth is that I STILL struggle with emotional eating. At the risk of sounding like a religious loon, I've found that about my only real power against it is daily prayer, asking God to help me have the strength to do what is right with the body He has blessed me with. Even though this helps, there are still days I forget to do this. (You'd think I'd learn!)
Family is tricky, especially when you have to stay with them. That's just a tough one. I know that when my kids come to visit, I tend to start baking because I think that's when they'll want. Then if they get there and say "I'm trying to eat right", I'm frustrated because I put some much effort into this food that they would rather not eat. If they would just tell me well ahead (I'm talking weeks, here, before there's any remote possibility that I have bought the food in advance already) that they are trying to eat healthy, I would be happy to accomodate that. And if for some reason I decide to bake, anyhow, that's MY issue if they don't eat it, since I was warned. However, I usually try to make it work for them.
Having said that, you can't make someone change the kinds of foods they normally keep in their house because of your choices. In this case, when I go to visit someone who I know keeps tempting food around I usually say to them ahead "I hope it won't offend, you but I plan to do a little shopping there so that I can keep up some new habits I've developed. Is there any chance you could clear out a little room in the fridge for me?" Sometimes, you gotta put the ball in your own court. And it IS your body, so treating it well while away is not unreasonable. I'm not saying be rude or don't eat with the family when mom has made a special meal. Just have some stuff around to help you avoid over indulging in temptation.
Sorry if you didn't want a novel! I'm just full of unsolicited advice! :-)
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Comment edited on: 2/19/2015 2:35:29 PM
I see you are a newbie to SP. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you need any help!
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