Emotional eating recovery is not a magical before and after story. It’s more like a before and during story that you have to work at for the rest of your life. Sure it gets easier but there are still days where all I want to do is cram my face with icing.
For the past month I’ve been spinning in circles and not progressing with my weight loss journey. I had a great heart-to-heart conversation with my Weight Watchers coach this week and I’m feeling centered again. I couldn’t understand why I was continuously falling off the wagon if I claim to want this more than anything. She reminded me that I JUST had a baby, I’m adjusting to motherhood only 4 months in, and I just went back to work, That’s a lot to balance all at one time on top of readjusting to this lifestyle.
My coach said maybe you’re slipping because subconsciously you feel like you already got this. You know how to lose weight but everything else is new and is taking up more of your energy and mental space. So you put weight loss on the back burner because you don’t feel like you need to have it at the center. OMG was she right!
After thinking through the things that help keep me centered I wanted to share those with you. Here are my five quick ways to crush emotional eating to get back on track.
1. Make Your Why a Priority
Why are you doing this in the first place? Do you have a why? For years my why would be something vain like fitting into a dress for an upcoming event. That’s a great motivator but it’s not a why. A why is a bigger purpose that comes from deep inside of you. When it comes to weight loss, my why is so that I can live an irresistible life. For me that means feeling good in my own skin, living life to the fullest, and now being a body positive role model for my daughter. What is your why? It has to be something strong enough to sustain you in those moments of weakness when you want to binge or give up. It also has to sustain you AFTER the event is over that you wanted to lose weight for.
2. Celebrate the Small Wins
Everyone loses weight at their own pace. Don’t get caught up in the social media comparison trap. You have to celebrate your small wins. In Weight Watchers we call these Non Scale Victories or NSV. Since the new year started I don’t feel like I’m dropping weight fast enough but just the other day I was able to put my pre-pregnancy jeans on. They were tight as hell but damn it they fit, zip, and button! Just back in December I couldn’t even get them over my hips. Celebrate the “small” wins because those are the things that add up to major changes.
3. Don’t Slash All Four Tires
If you got one flat tire would you slash the other three? Hell no! It’s one flat tire. You get it fixed and get right back on the highway. It’s the same with weight loss and emotional eating. If you have a bad day and go off track it’s ok! The key is to recognize it, reflect, and make a choice to do something about it. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to start again. Start with the next meal. Go for a walk. This journey is not all or nothing. You’ll have good and bad days.
4. Take Care of Yourself – Get Glam!
I wasted a lot of time in my life waiting until I had the “perfect body” in order to really live. I would put things on hold and punish myself for not having the body I desired. Take it from me, that makes the journey miserable. Even if you’re not at your goal weight, take care of yourself. Get dressed up. Put makeup on. Put on false lashes. Do the things that make you look and feel good. I work from home but I put on makeup every single day. I do it because it makes me feel better. When I feel better I make better choices including what I eat. I usually wear leggings when I’m working from home but I’m going to start wearing jeans. Not just any jeans . . . those tight pre-pregnancy jeans I just told you about. They will serve as a constant and real reminder of my goals. Leggings don’t have that same effect!
5. Do The Work
I say this all the time. I know exactly what I need to do in order to lose weight and to stop emotional eating. I have all the tools that I need. I just have to do the work. Every. single. day. What does doing the work look like for you? For me, it means:
- Waking up early and getting in a workout.
- Writing in my morning pages and doing some reflection/meditation in the morning.
- Planning out my meals.
- Only stocking my home with safe foods.
- Measuring my food.
- Tracking all of my food in my Weight Watchers app.
- Mindful eating.
- Weighing in once a week.
So much of the weight loss journey and emotional eating recovery is mind over body. Yes, the weight loss is physical but everything that it takes to make that happen is mental. It’s truly a mind-body-spirit process that you have to incorporate into your lifestyle. Once I understood this and started doing the work, I was able to create my irresistible life and it will always be a work in progress. If you’re ready for the journey, I highly recommend downloading my free quick-start workbook, How To Create an Irresistible Life. I also recommend checking out my list of emotional eating recovery books.
Join the Conversation
What are you struggling with right now when it comes to emotional eating? Do you have any tips to help others that are off track? Let me know in the comments.
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