Day 27: It’s all in your mind

March 21, 2010

I ended up flying to Oregon for my son’s surgery after all, there were complications and there was no way i would NOT be here. So, I am writing from the beautiful high desert in Bend, Oregon.

I am amused with my mindset.  Though I am, for the most part, eating well I have fallen back on chocolate for comfort.  This amuses me because I am NOT a chocolate craving/eating person.  I read somewhere that chocolate is actually good for your mood.  However, I don’t think the Snickers and Heath bar I inhaled yesterday is what they had in mind.

I am pleased to discover that even in the face of huge stress I am able to make healthy choices (it helps that the hospital cafeteria provides these options).  I chose an apple and V8 juice over a soda and a brownie, soup and half a sandwich over a cheeseburger and fries and a veggie quesadilla over pizza… and you know what?  It feels good, no it feels GREAT!

It really is a new mindset I have adapted.  Yes, I will always have setbacks, make some unhealthy choices (the Snicker bar with a Heath bar chaser), but over all I am in a healthy frame of mind.  I am realizing it is not the rigid, don’t let anything bad touch your mouth, “diet” that will help me become healthy, but the mindset of changing my lifestyle and making choices for the long run and not expecting perfection every minute.  How freeing and empowering!


6 Responses to “Day 27: It’s all in your mind”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Bravo on continuing to make healthy choices in the midst of everything sis. That takes a lot of strength and control. But the fact that you realize that you don’t have to be perfect every minute and allow some room for an occasional treat or comfort food is monumental also. That is what will keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle, knowing that even when you allow yourself those times, you can get back on track right away and keep going. It’s not, being healthy out the window, just because of a Snickers and Heath bar, you just keep going. Props to you girl!

  2. Jayson! Says:

    I don’t know Kitty…I’ve tried and failed so many times before I’m more of the mindset that there are certain chemicals that will hijack my brain chemistry and not let me go until I’ve gained 50 pounds and am a slave to food…just keep an eye open for any patterns…

    Mwah. I’m glad you could be there for your son. =)


  3. Lauren Grosz Says:

    Kitty, I it’s nice to hear your enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment in this post. I think the 80/20 rule is good to keep in mind when making huge lifestyle changes. Also, I wanted to thank you for commenting on my post about gratitude over at Liberationwellness. It made my day!

  4. Glad you could be there for your son.

    I think your mindset is great. Learning to respect your body by eating the foods that make us feel great and dealing with our emotions with something other than food is what this is all about. Good for you!

  5. cma23 Says:

    hi, i like what i am reading! keep up the great mindset! i hope your son is doing well!

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