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Keep Calm

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If I’ve learned anything about life, career and wellness, it’s that nothing good comes from panicking. Yet, I feel like I’m always relearning that lesson.

I went to a salesmanship conference a couple of years ago, where the speaker made it very clear that you can’t be creative if you’re panicking about money, success, stability or the future. I took that to heart and have found that the only thing that keeps me from going over the edge is a solid plan. I find solace and security in a plan, even if that plan changes.

The same goes for health and weight loss for me. I panic when the scale goes down, and when it goes up. I panic that I will lose my mojo, that I will slip and someone will find me face-down in a vat of chocolate sauce. Nothing good, like with my creativity, has ever come from panicking.

When I panic about weight loss, I start a diet. I get rigid. I set unrealistic goals.

Right now I’m panicking a little bit. I’m panicking because I’ve never been so free with food. It’s never felt up to me or in my control. The decisions I make are directly from me. And that feels very scary.

I write this because I want to break the pattern of taking cover and finding comfort in a diet plan. Intuitive Eating feels like I was plunked down in the middle of the woods without camping gear.

There are things that I do to make it feel safer like planning my meals, but it’s still just me in a world that is filled with a million ways to continue being obese.

1 comment to Keep Calm

  • Hi,
    I just stumbled on your blog and can totally relate to your struggle. I lost four and a half stone to get to a good weight then, when trying to maintain, plus a couple of life disasters, put back one and a half. The intuitive eating worked for me for a while until disaster struck and I let overheating creep up on me again. I’ve gone back to the calorie counting for the time being to try to get back to a good place but I’m interested to see how you get on. I’m sure it can be done but it’s how to avoid the creeping back that I’d like to know the answer to. I hope you succeed :)

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