I apologize for the rash of weight loss blogs. My writing comes from my experiences and, lately, I have been having many that relate to this topic. Since Wednesday I have been mauling over a few things my brilliant colleague had mentioned as he was co-facilitating a course on drug and alcohol awareness with me.
He had presented a model of a three headed dragon and related it to the process of rehab. When someone quits something (i.e. using food as a coping mechanism) it is just the tip of the proverbial ice cream sundae. Sure, the act of over consumption has ceased, but the underlying issues, feelings, and motivators are still present. It will be only time before they start scratching at the door again. You can either open the door and deal with them in a healthy manner, or lock them up. What do most do? They find the strongest lock possible and a couple of deadbolts and slide back into the comfort of old habits. This, in my opinion, is the reality behind the weight loss/weight gain cycle (or as others put it..."falling off the wagon").
This isn't a quick fix and this post will not provide you with the tools to log off, deal with your feelings and never be affected by another donut seduction again. My post is merely an offering of respect to the three headed dragon and the hard work, courage, dedication, and commitment it takes to make permanent lifestyle changes that lead to an authentic (sorry, that's a bit too Oprah for me, but the word does fit), sincere, honest, and healthful life.
Of course, I never make a suggestion that I haven't tried myself. I was fortunate enough to have one year by myself where I forced myself to sit in my own crap, take it apart, and find out why I behaved the way I did for the last 20 years. Without having that time, I would not be where I am today. It sucked, it was uncomfortable, I felt lonely, ugly, fearful, angry, sad, and usually huddled in the fetal position for hours on end.....BUT...when I came out the other side I slowly started making the changes to my lifestyle that lead to true health in the long run (without kicking and screaming my way through the change). It felt effortless.
Yup. I'm going to get one more degree to add to my tool box. When I do, expect to see a brand new business open up offering health promotion in a way we haven't seen yet. But for now...I just have to get my butt off this chair and drag it to the gym (I'm still waiting for that pill....but that's another blog for another time).
That's all I got.