Hello! After watching Anna Brims’s EBDUK event vlog yesterday and re-hearing Rachel Blundell talk about how her self care looks like going to the gym, I’ve finally admitted to myself that I REALLY need to work on the physical aspect of my recovery from mental illness. At the moment my physical wellness habits are still playing second fiddle to my mental wellness habits, but now it’s time to make them a priority – to quote Rachel: I need to make sure I’m able to do all that I’m meant to do – soooooo after doing a bit of research, I might have just ordered myself a Passion Planner Pro. It was only £12 from Amazon – I guess because it’s dated and started in January, but that’s fine with me. Now I just need to figure out what stickers I’m gonna need! xxxx
- to maintain my physical and mental wellness habits, and add new ones as appropriate,
- to spend time in prayer and meditation every day, and
- to love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind. And to love my neighbor as myself.
As I do these things, I will be underpinning everything else I work toward this year.
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For the whole of January, I’m going to stop eating chocolate, crisps, cakes, pastries and ice cream. I’m doing this because I know these are my problem areas when it comes to food. Not eating them for one month will help get 2018 off to a good start. Once February rolls around, I’ll add them back into my diet in healthy amounts.
I remember watching a documentary on the diet industry a long time ago, and one of its weight-loss gurus said that, ‘a calorie not tasted is a calorie wasted.’ Now, I’m not into counting calories, but I get the point. If I’m going to treat myself with things like chocolate, I think I should take the time to enjoy them and not just shovel them down my throat as I’m prone do. I want to be mindful about what I eat, and mindful while I eat.
The reason I’ve put on so much weight this year is partly because I’ve been focusing on my mental health, partly because the medication I’m on increases appetite, partly because I love food, and partly because I’m a comfort eater. I know I need to examine all these aspects of my ‘relationship’ with food, while still eating food every day and going about my normal life – there’ll be birthday parties and summer barbecues and meals out to navigate – but I’m feeling positive right now. I have all the tools I need. I’ve educated myself on healthy eating. I have the support of my GP, family and friends. I have the time and space to think and cook. My bullet journal, habit tracking and hazard planning will help me too.
I know why I should lose weight. I know how I can lose weight. I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. I’m not going to say that this time, I’m going to keep the weight off for good, but any weight-loss is going to benefit my physical and mental health, so I’m going to take it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one bite at a time.
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