So, how is your healthy living going? Did you set a challenge for yourself and meet it? Are you trying but just can’t seem to achieve your goals? Last night when I couldn’t sleep, I was thinking about all the things I have tried to do to lose weight and failed at. It reminded me of an article I read recently on Google Plus. Are you on Google Plus? I have to say I like it a lot. I have “met” so many interesting people and learned so much. This particular article did not necessarily give me new information about dieting but it put it in terms that hit a nerve with me. Sometimes dieting feels so stressful. I have to constantly think about everything I eat, measure it all, and write it down. Sometimes life is so stressful that I just don’t want the additional stress of that.
The article was on Summer Tomato and talked about the need to focus more on your brain and less on your diet. Basically the premise is that your brain is so overloaded with everything it has to do and remember that it doesn’t have enough energy to “feed” your willpower. If you are like me, your brain never shuts off. I can be asleep dreaming and feel by brain thinking about something else. I can see the dream going on but it is almost like I am day dreaming about whatever it is I am thinking about while I am actually sleeping and dreaming. I rarely sleep through the night and always wake up thinking about something. I also love to over analyze. I cannot help myself. I think and think and think about everything and go over it ten times in my head before I speak or do something. It makes sense to me that my brain is tired. My body feels tired and often so does my brain. That is when I tend to eat mindlessly or eat unhealthfully.
The article goes on to say that your brain automates as much as it can, creating habits. In my case, unhealthy food habits. Just like we have heard so many times, it tells you to start small and build new healthy habits. Sure I have heard this at least 100 times but when I combined it with my “brain fatigue” it made a little more sense to me. One thing I have never tried is meditation. My hubby and I have been wanting to try mediation just to deal with the stress of his heart condition (which I am happy to report is going very well! I will know go knock on every piece of wood I can find that his health continues to improve). If I can get my mind to be silent for a while, maybe I won’t feel so tired all the time. Has anyone had any success with mediation? Sometimes trying to silence my brain is extremely stressful, so I’m going to have to start small.
When I had post-partum depression I saw a wonderful therapist. A big part of PPD was that my brain would not allow me to sleep at all or let me relax. I constantly listened for my baby to make sure she was OK. The therapist gave me a tape of her talking me through a relaxation exercise. I was standing on the top of 20 stairs and had to slowly walk down the stairs working on relaxing at each step. I wish I still had it. No other relaxation techinique has worked as well. I need to see if I can find that relaxation exercise somewhere. It would probably be a good place to start.
As for my goal from last week, at the moment I don’t know if I have met it or not. I am having to write this post early as I am going to my first Food Blogging Conference on Thursday in Orlando. I am so excited! I cannot wait to learn more. When I started I had no idea how much work this was and how much was involved. I thought I worked on recipes and put them on the internet. It is probably a good thing I didn’t know, it might have scared me too much. I need to seriously increase my computer skills and the networking and marketing is definitely a work in progress. I am very thankful for you all sticking around as I learn as I go. It is fun though! I especially love all the people I have “met” through this blog. It is really a pleasure!
So for next week my goal is to find a relaxation technique that works for me and to try it out five nights in a row. Let me know in the comments how the challenge is going for you. Even if you haven’t set a goal in the past, do it this week. What have you got to lose? If you didn’t make your goals, still come back and let me know. The only way to get healthy is to keep trying.