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Days 17, 18 & 19: Journaling for Weight Loss Management

I made this on a Photofunia app.  It's a philosophy that I'm working to change!
I made this on a Photofunia app. It’s a philosophy that I’m working to change!

I had a busy, but nice, weekend with little time for blogging. Sunday was warm enough to get a few blissful miles of walking in.  Monday was a snow day, with everyone’s work and school cancelled, but it gave us all time to do a big group cleaning and get the entire house spotless from top to bottom.  Nothing feels better than enjoying a hot cup of tea in a cozy, clean house this morning!

Now that the roads are clear, and everyone is back to their proper positions, I’ve had some quiet time to read another one of my educational modules.  This one is on Journaling for Weight Management, which I’m attempting to do through this blog.  The module suggests that journaling can improve weight loss by:

  • aiding in identifying subconscious sources of self-defeating habits and behaviors
  • reducing stress through putting feelings into words
  • improving mental and physical health by counteracting the negative effects of stress
  • deepening self-awareness of emotions and triggers that cause overeating (List summarized from Optifast Lifestyle Education Series)

The module also stresses the importance of asking yourself the correct questions when you journal, so that your writing is focused and doesn’t lead to circular thought, but rather self-discovery. Some suggestions for focusing would be to:

  • write out dialogue between you and an unwanted behavior
  • describe a goal that you would like to achieve and then write the specific steps needed to reach it
  • respond to a quote that inspires you
  • write down the first five things that come to mind that you are grateful for that day
  • write about what your weight says or does for you
  • write about daily activities and discuss whether they pair with your values and priorities (List summarized from Optifast Lifestyle Education Series)

Though I haven’t written anything too deep in my beginnings of this blog, It’s my goal to use these prompts and to share some of the things that trigger my emotional eating.  I tend to be a person who has some difficulty in giving away negative details of my personal life with others. There are things that have occurred over the years that I have a hard time accepting.  Most people wouldn’t expect this from me, as I am a very private and guarded person when it comes to talking about myself.   I tend to always keep a happy, positive persona with others, even if I’m being eaten alive by anxiety on the inside.  I know that this anxiety is what fuels my overeating.  Food is the panacea that soothes me when I’m not gnawing inside for sustenance, but for comfort. More than anything, I want break my pattern of emotional eating by replacing it with something healthy and productive so I can live the best life possible. Journaling/blogging and writing down my feelings in lieu of eating them is a pretty good start!

Have you used journaling/blogging to cope with a problem and seek support?  What are some writing prompts that help you stay focused?  Tell me about it in the comments below. 🙂 

6 thoughts on “Days 17, 18 & 19: Journaling for Weight Loss Management”

  1. That’s very interesting. Although weight is not a primary issue I do feel the same as you do in providing the positive persona that is expected by others. It feels wrong to do it any other way after a while.
    I will be interested to see how you cope with this as journaling certainly helps a lot of people – I wonder if it will help you or you will find your own unique path at some point having tried it.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I think my 16 years as an elementary school teacher, being mostly around 8 year-olds, made me walk around with a permanent smile on my face whether it was real or not! You just aren’t allowed to be grumpy around kids. I am basically a very happy person, but I am on a quest to find alternative ways to cope with my anxiety rather than eating. Hopefully journaling can at least provide a distraction. 🙂 Have a good day!

  2. Keeping a journal written by hand by you and for you is so much safer. There is no threat of being criticized, judged, or even laughed at, it remains your private thoughts. However, a journal here in the blogosphere world put’s you out there openly. The beauty is that you can decide to share how much or how little you want. I’m really curious to see how this will work out for you.

    The bullet point that says, “write about what your weight says or does for you”, would be upsetting for me to write about it. Hell, I’m angry that I’ve done this to myself. For me the only way to cope with anger and anxiety is to turn to my best friend, the fridge.

    I’m really enjoying your posts, keep them coming!

    1. I actually began writing in a journal and found that I wasn’t keeping up with it. I do better with blogging. The good thing about WordPress is that most people are very sweet. If ever I would get a negative comment, I’d delete it. I’m forcing myself to be more open about my life. It actually feels safe, because I’m choosing to be anonymous for now.

      I’m exactly like you when it comes to anger and anxiety–food is my answer. Now that I’m only having Optifast, I’m forced to figure out what to do with both. I plan to write about what my weight says or does for me next. Yikes!

      Thank you for your always encouraging and sweet comments :)!

  3. Good luck , I hope it works for you. I know that writing would not work for me, I tend to give up after a few thoughts. I am trying to find ways to cure my sugar addiction.

    1. I hope it works for me, too. I never seem to have a shortage of words; just a shortage of quiet time to write them down! Beating a sugar addiction is tough. I went through both sugar a caffeine withdraw on my first week of Optifast. It’s my goal to stay away from it after I’m done the fast. I’ve gotten used to drinking my decaf tea with Stevia and it’s actually pretty good. Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

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