I had a busy, but nice, weekend with little time for blogging. Sunday was warm enough to get a few blissful miles of walking in. Monday was a snow day, with everyone’s work and school cancelled, but it gave us all time to do a big group cleaning and get the entire house spotless from top to bottom. Nothing feels better than enjoying a hot cup of tea in a cozy, clean house this morning!
Now that the roads are clear, and everyone is back to their proper positions, I’ve had some quiet time to read another one of my educational modules. This one is on Journaling for Weight Management, which I’m attempting to do through this blog. The module suggests that journaling can improve weight loss by:
- aiding in identifying subconscious sources of self-defeating habits and behaviors
- reducing stress through putting feelings into words
- improving mental and physical health by counteracting the negative effects of stress
- deepening self-awareness of emotions and triggers that cause overeating (List summarized from Optifast Lifestyle Education Series)
The module also stresses the importance of asking yourself the correct questions when you journal, so that your writing is focused and doesn’t lead to circular thought, but rather self-discovery. Some suggestions for focusing would be to:
- write out dialogue between you and an unwanted behavior
- describe a goal that you would like to achieve and then write the specific steps needed to reach it
- respond to a quote that inspires you
- write down the first five things that come to mind that you are grateful for that day
- write about what your weight says or does for you
- write about daily activities and discuss whether they pair with your values and priorities (List summarized from Optifast Lifestyle Education Series)
Though I haven’t written anything too deep in my beginnings of this blog, It’s my goal to use these prompts and to share some of the things that trigger my emotional eating. I tend to be a person who has some difficulty in giving away negative details of my personal life with others. There are things that have occurred over the years that I have a hard time accepting. Most people wouldn’t expect this from me, as I am a very private and guarded person when it comes to talking about myself. I tend to always keep a happy, positive persona with others, even if I’m being eaten alive by anxiety on the inside. I know that this anxiety is what fuels my overeating. Food is the panacea that soothes me when I’m not gnawing inside for sustenance, but for comfort. More than anything, I want break my pattern of emotional eating by replacing it with something healthy and productive so I can live the best life possible. Journaling/blogging and writing down my feelings in lieu of eating them is a pretty good start!
Have you used journaling/blogging to cope with a problem and seek support? What are some writing prompts that help you stay focused? Tell me about it in the comments below. 🙂