I have been on a journey toward self-awareness for about the last year and a half or so. I have been spending time with myself – – dating myself you might say. Figuring out what makes me me and being completely comfortable with who I am. A huge part of this journey is my negative relationship with food.
I may have briefly mentioned in previous posts my struggles with food. I feel like I am always on a roller coaster (I hate roller coasters) when it comes to my relationship with food. From as far back as I can remember I could always eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound. I never worried about a balanced diet or exercising. I didn’t think I needed to because I never gained weight. The second I turned 30, that changed drastically.
I was married from ages 23 to 28 and I was at a healthy weight during that entire time. I had maybe 5 to 10 vanity pounds I wanted to lose, but nothing major. Even after I had Hailey I bounced back relatively quickly without any type of extreme diet or exercise. I was still able to eat whatever I wanted and not exercise regularly.
I went through my divorce when I was 29. I was dealing with a ton of stress and lost a bunch of weight. My weight was what I was at before I had Hailey. I felt like crap because I was eating tons junk food and was under a lot of stress. Even though I felt awful inside, I liked how I looked on the outside. Now I am 34 and I weigh as much as I did when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter. While I am feeling better on the inside (most days) I hate how I look on the outside.
Here is where the struggle is. I know what I should do to be healthy. I know the proper foods I should be eating, I know the foods I should not be eating. I know I should be exercising. Should, should, should. An excellent counselor told me once to stop “shoulding” on myself. Wise woman. Why can’t I stop though?
My biggest concern is teaching Hailey about nutrition, being healthy, and making balanced choices regarding food. I don’t want her to struggle with food and have a love/hate relationship with it the way I do. My other concern is my own health. I feel so unhealthy right now. I want to feel good on the inside and on the outside. I want my lifestyle to change where if I have a bad day or two I don’t completely collapse into a dark abyss of overeating.
That’s my vicious cycle. I eat healthy for a while, I feel good, I have energy, I even exercise. Then something happens – – usually stress and it knocks me right on my ass. I shut down emotionally and ignore what I truly want which is to be healthy. I become lazy and allow myself to eat junk. I fill myself with nutritionally void food which makes me feel even worse and I sink into a depression that feels like quicksand.
Eventually I always pull myself out a little. Occasionally I can keep myself going for a few months on a healthy cycle. But always, always I fall. Each time I fall harder. I eat worse than the last time, I gain back even more weight, and I feel even more guilty.
Part of the reason I started this blog was to record what I am feeling, the thoughts I am having, what I am doing, and what I am eating with the hopes of being able to control this constant struggle. My goal is to be able to change my life forever. I want my norm to be eating clean and healthy on a daily basis without even thinking. I want to lose 40 pounds and live a healthy lifestyle forever. I want to eat whole foods that are minimally processed so that my body has fuel to work at its very best. I want my day to consist of eating tons of fruits and veggies. I want to be able to go out once in a while for ice cream or pizza. I want to live this way so I can feel better and be an awesome role model for the most important person in my life – my daughter Hailey.
So, that’s some of my story, where I am, and what I am working toward. Always a struggle for me, but I need to remember to take it one day at a time. I also need to remember that every little step that I make toward my healthy goals counts. And I need to quit being so damn hard on myself.