Weight loss and journaling. How are they connected?Today’s guest post is by Shellie Bowdoin, the blogger behind The FABulous Journey. Shellie has been featured in several of my fashion posts. By looking at her, you would never imagine that she has struggled with her weight.
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I didn’t know that either until she asked me to review her book, Find Your Weigh. In it, she documents her struggle and how she finally said goodbye to “yo-yo” dieting by changing the way she thought about food. Through this process, she discovered the connection between weight loss and journaling. Here’s Shellie’s story:
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Today’s guest post is by Shellie Bowdoin, the blogger behind The FABulous Journey. Shellie has been featured in several of my fashion posts. By looking at her, you would never imagine that she has struggled with her weight. I didn’t know that either until she asked me to review her book, Find Your Weigh. In it, she documents her struggle and how she finally said goodbye to “yo-yo” dieting by changing the way she thought about food. Through this process she discovered the connection between weight loss and journaling. Here’s Shellie’s story:
Weight Loss And Journaling: Discovering Your Thoughts About Food
Another holiday season has come and gone. Now, it’s time to face the inevitable reality…one you knew was coming, but refused to acknowledge until after the New Year. After all, it is a foregone conclusion that you’ve dealt with over and over again every January.
Yikes…the frustration of weight is just so, well frustrating. I have faced my share of frustration over weight and my inability to control it. In fact, as far back as I can remember, weight has been part of my story.
By the time I reached the age of eleven, I was chubby when the rest of my friends were thin. I finally grew out of my chubby stage as a senior in high school. Then, I enjoyed my “weightless” season through my college years and early twenties. However, the weight struggle caught up with me again by my mid-twenties.
The next two decades were marked by the up and down emotional journey of yo-yo dieting. Each new diet attempt would result in a few dropped dress sizes and a feeling of accomplishment. However, my weight would eventually creep up again and I would find myself right back in the same familiar place.
Two years ago, I finally uncovered a way to break the weight-loss/weight gain cycle. Instead of focusing on the symptom of weight, I decided to explore my thoughts, assumptions and expectations about food through journaling.
I decided to record my thoughts along the way through journaling. I wrote about my frustrations and small victories. I noted when I felt the hungriest and I paid special attention to the foods that were the most difficult to resist. Most importantly, I recorded my self-talk; the internal dialogue that bounced around in my head when I was faced with temptation.
Quite frankly, I’ve never been much of a journal writer. But, I was so tired of feeling out of control in my relationship with food. In this instance, journaling made sense, because I often work through situations and struggles by talking them out.
Journaling allowed me to honestly evaluate my feelings on a daily basis by drawing connections between my thoughts before, during and after I ate with my actual eating habits in a given day. Somewhere along the way a light dawned…I was just acting out what I believed about food.
Once I uncovered those situations where I felt helpless, I could then develop new habits to become more mindful about the foods I ate in those situations. I finally felt like I was in control for the first time in my adult life.
After I completed my journey, I wanted to share my experience with others, so they too could find freedom over food. I started writing fitness posts on my blog, The FABulous Journey. Eventually, I decided it would be easier if I compiled everything into one book to walk others through their own journey; one step at a time.
My new book, Find Your Weigh, walks readers through the same process I did to figure out what makes them tick with food. There is no restrictive diet or calorie counting; instead, you’ll figure out ways to make mindful decisions and develop workable habits to eat the foods you enjoy in a balanced way.
From Cathy: I read Find Your Weigh from cover to cover and found it practical and helpful. What I liked the best was the 50-day interactive journal that included Shellie’s own reflections during her weight loss journey. If you are looking for a new way to think about weight loss and your relationship with food, I highly recommend Find Your Weigh.
Link to Purchase Find Your Weigh
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