Doing me – Week 2 Done Too!
Hello! I’m still Prava and I remain a food addict in recovery – albeit, inching closer towards a better and refined addiction recovery…
Today is Day 15 of my comeback journey. Half-way in my quest to fulfill a commitment to myself that this time I will stick to my 30-day uber clean eating plan. I SURVIVED 14 days, a few pounds and many centimeters lighter too! Considering that I only weighed in a day AFTER I started my recovering from food addiction journey, I am beyond amazed and thrilled at the results of very clean eating.
I can wax lyrical about how these past 14 days have motivated me to stay this course in my choices, how each night before I retired for the night (90% of these nights ensuring that I get a good 6-7 hours of sleep to prepare me well for the next day of clean eating, clear thinking and keeping it real) and again when I opened my eyes each morning, I would prepare my psyche to believe in me and my efforts, and re-commit to each new day as if it were my first day beginning in clean(er) eating.
You will note that I emphasised the survival of my new journey’s two weeks in and did not concentrate on the number of centimeters and weight lost. This emphasis is deliberate – it speaks to any person recovering from an addiction. It’s the commitment that matters most. That in engaging in ways to keep the addiction at bay, the focus is on not feeding the addiction but starving it (pun intend).
I want to make special mention of maintaining a good nights’ sleep in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which for me, is very important and I speak from my experiences. We have a rule in our home, that before we get into bed each night, all data is turned off on our devices (Head Chef is technologically challenged and does not even have WhatsApp on his smartphone – very clever move hehehe!). The back-lighting is turned to zero too, to ensure that we get a good nights’ rest. As a partnership, we have an unsaid and unwritten agreement that when we’re together in bed, our devices play no role in our lives. If people need to reach us in an emergency, then they know to call us after 10pm at night. We also don’t do the please call me returning during the day or night. Personally, I do not do group chats on social media as it takes up much of my valuable time where the focus should be on improving the quality or my life and of others in more meaningful engagement. Social media has its time and its place for me, and as I’ve moved through personal growth in maturing, this realisation, along with many experiences and observations have made me understand myself better. It also makes me realise that whatever I may want to share with my family and friends on social media can wait until the next day and often it allows me to re-think if I want to share what I had planned to. It often works out that I will interact with them directly about that share – very much a life-saver in over-sharing too! In my recent past, when I worked 600km away from home for 3 days a week, living on my own in our large home away from home during this time, my loneliness surfaced, and I used to take to social media until midnight on those nights, unless I was very tired after an exhausting work day. I believe that this also stood in my way of keeping me focused on my health needs, often making me irritated with my work colleagues for no reason. Once I returned home, I harmonised with our normality, but picked up again a few days later when I returned to being on my own – a vicious cycle indeed.
A good night’s sleep / un-interrupted rest for me, also means that I can engage fully in my work tasks and fresh food preparation the next day, my communication with our children is very important before they leave for school each morning, so it’s important for me to engage at full natural speed with them. Black, strong sugarless coffee helps too :-)! Of course, there are nights that I may struggle to sleep, but in that struggle, I never switch on the data of my devices, as this will incapacitate my ability to fall back to sleep. I literally count sheep when that happens, and rarely reach sheep No. 150…but this works for me and illustrating this may help at least one person in realising that there’s a time and space for their device(s), and also, if you’re the person that posts on social media when insomnia hits you, the I can’t sleep status update or the next morning I hardly slept a wink status update, with 101 persons giving you recommendations for your insomnia, you may want to focus on the REAL reasons why you’re drained and sapped off energy each morning, social media is often mentally draining and often destructive. Period! I write this in the most real and sincerest of ways, from my personal experiences. I (we) made a conscious decision to remedy a basic need for a holistic life – a healthy mind = a healthy body 🙂
Keeping the focus is very important for ME and in ensuring that in committing to a healthier lifestyle, I encompass more than my exercise and food routine. Mental health and well-being are vital, the key component in the commitment to YOU and maintaining a positive mindset. A clear and focused mind lends to clear and focused everything that is you…and me too.
Worth mentioning, I am currently on no supplements to boost my energy levels or curb my appetite, that latter never works for me – it makes me hungrier and has the most horrible effects on my mind and mood. The coconut oil pulling is also a no-no and it makes me gag. I’ve stopped (for a long time now) drinking hot/warm water with apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice too, as the acidic content of that drink, even a small amount plays havoc with my gastro-intestinal system. I often remind myself that I don’t NEED to do what everyone else is doing, doing me is what I am all about.
What I do indulge in now every morning, is a glassful of room temperature water, then my daily obligatory mug of freshly brewed and strong, black, sugar and artificial sweetener-free coffee. – manna for my morning soul that mug of coffee! It helps that I have been sugar-free for 28 years now, since my early Weigh Less Slimming club days, and never ever have I taken artificial sweeteners in my coffee or tea. I suppose my constitution to stay off sugar is a strong one. I need to thank my dearest (now late) Mum for this too, as she encouraged me to go cold turkey as she did at around the same time many moons ago and up until her sudden passing at age 78, the tea-totaller that she was, remained sugar free.
I hope that this blog post has inspired you – and that my intention to keep it real is motivating for you, as it is for me. The mind is a very powerful tool, and keeping it uncluttered is worthy to boost the spirit too!
A 3.5kg loss is actually a very good accomplishment after 14 days of commitment to my plan (13 days if you recall that I forgot to weigh in on day one – I’m happy to share this with you too, in the interests of motivating you towards your health and weight loss goals.
I said I’d be back and I here I am! I’m raising my (filled) water bottle to another 7 days of foodie addiction recovery and keeping it real in my commitment to ME.
See you in another week?
Yours in recovering (from) food addiction,