For example, I really do love to be outside. I spent my whole childhood outside, and if I could I would spend every weekend hiking in the nearby state park or taking trips to beautiful natural places, but I don't because I'm not fit enough. I'm in no shape to do hiking of any kind, and I don't like beaches because I'm so uncomfortable in swimsuits. I've suffered from being overweight, but there's no reason it needs to continue. I can observe my bad habits, and then understand how to change them.
I have rarely spent time being mindful of my food-related behaviors in the past, but recently I've really been observing how I act around food. These are some of the things I've realized just over the past few days:
- When I crave something unhealthy to eat, it's all I want. But often, if I have to go out of the house to get it, I will try as hard as I can to get someone to go with me, as if eating out with someone else legitimizes overeating and makes it okay.
- I'm thrilled whenever I get time to myself because I can eat whatever I want without anybody seeing me do it. I often seek out food when I feel like I'm less than someone else (example: in my photography class this week, I saw another girl's pictures and thought they were better than mine. I was disappointed in myself because I would like to be a good photographer. For lunch after class I stopped by my old workplace and ate two of their leftover donuts). And when I eat food alone, I tend to be pretty focused on eating it, rarely getting distracted by the tv or the internet.
I know that overeating makes me feel awful, and that eating whole, healthy foods makes me feel great. I learned that last year. I just need to make healthy eating a habit, and spend time reminding myself that I deserve to feel happier. I'm going to pay attention to my behavior this week, and whenever I feel myself gravitating toward food out of emotion, to remind myself that overeating is only going to make me feel worse. Relating to my example above, I really like the pictures I've taken so far in my photography class. In fact, the background image on this blog is one I took in my university's greenhouse. As long as I'm happy with my work and myself, that's all that matters.