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Positive Experience: Sunday-Funday

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I hope your all having a great Sunday & starting the week off right! Today marks the end of my Spring Break. I spent majority of break concerned with what I am going to do with the rest of my life and how I’m going to make it through the rest of this semester. I know I am not in control of my future; I can only work hard and be faithful. I look forward to breaking my habit of stressing about things. On a positive note, I stress much less than I did a few months of go, so I know things will get better in the future! In the meanwhile, I must enjoy the journey. Its the struggles in between start-finish that create the final product and equips us with tools to maintain it.

Today my Mom and puppy-doggy-bestiefriend-sister-bighomie, came to visit! I’ve been looking forward to seeing them alllllllllll week. Her name is Missy, Missy-Pooh to be exact. When they got here, Missy was super anxious. She wouldn’t sit still for anything, I think she thought my mom was going to leave her lol. Plus she has not seen me since Christmas. I took her out to use the bathroom a couple times and she barely used it, that’s a sign of her being uncomfortable. We all ate brunch and I decided to take her for a little tour of BG.

We did HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) meaning we ran for short distances then walked. She doesn’t get walks often so it was just as much an exercise for her as it was for me. In fact, I outran her at times. Which is surprising when consider the fact that a year ago she used to drag me down the street and walk me lol. We went from my apartment to the pond on my college campus where I stopped and let her explore a little. She likes geese! So much so she tried to leave me for them.

I finally understand what it feels like to actually enjoy exercise. Although this was a simply activity, I had so much fun. It was a great bonding time for Missy and I. Once we got back to my apartment she felt at home and relaxed. It was great for me to see how much I have grown and trained to the point of handling walking her. I used to hate walking her because she was so strong and I was out of shape. But now, its liberating. She got to use her pent up energy from the two hour car ride here. While I got to workout in the open with someone that makes me feel safe. Normally I have to be aware of my environment but with her I was able to relax, observe nature, look at the sky, really become conscious of my surrounding and the beauty I overlook daily. 

While we are on our journeys so often we focus on the next goal and forget about the progress we have made thus far. That goes for academia, careers, fitness, parenting, and any other area of life we value improving in. It’s important to take time out and reflect on how far you’ve come. It gives us the confidence to say we may not make it there overnight, but we are going to reach our goals. Appreciate life, its so much greatness around us that we allow stress & fear to make us overlook. There is always going to be another goal, and more obstacles which is why we have to take the time out to enjoy ourselves. Do something that makes you happy at least 2 Sundays out of the month for at least an hour is a great start. Call it Sunday-Funday the time you take to create a positive experience, add it to your agenda as you would any other important task. Try it and let me know how it goes, I’m almost sure it will give energy/clarity to refocus on your goals and believe in yourself. After today I know I’m going to have faith in my journey without stressing what graduate program I get into and I’m going to kick this semester in the butt to earn great grades! 

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Complusive Eating: A Resolution

After yesterday’s post I broke my eating regiment again. I woke up knowing I needed to do more. Over eating just isn’t for me and only occurs at night time. So as usual I did more research. I want an online support community and in time I’ll invest in building one. For now, I came across oa.org, a non profit that offers 12 step sessions for over eaters. They have twelve steps with twelve principles plus twelve traditions that tie them internationally to the same regulations.
Here’s what I found (visit the site for more info):
OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.
Steps:
The Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous
We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Principles:
Step One: Honesty
Step Two: Hope
Step Three: Faith
Step Four: Courage
Step Five: Integrity
Step Six: Willingness
Step Seven: Humility
Step Eight: Self-discipline
Step Nine: Love for others
Step Ten: Perseverance
Step Eleven: Spiritual Awareness
Step Twelve: Service
Traditions:
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon OA unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for OA membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or OA as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
An OA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
OA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

I do get a religious vibe even tho the website says they have no political or religious views. I know for some that may pose as something you want to take into consideration. It’s free, I think it’s worth looking into maybe even attending a meeting? I’m going to see if I can join a local program, it’ll definitely help and it couldn’t hurt.

Compulsive Eating: Addiction

In our case, addiction involves us repeatedly eating for some form of pleasure or relief even though we understand it’s not healthy for us.

Triggers

Anxiety

Stress

Pressure

Insecurity

(Many more they are genuine to each individual)

We experience some kind of trigger and in return eat our problems away. The only bad part is we feel bad afterwards, its unhealthy, and our problems are still there. We have to learn to deal with our triggers in healthy ways. As I stated in my previous post, most people have addictions. It’s hard dealing with life’s obstacles and maintaining balance. Triggers cause people to overindulge or use things for relief. In fact, when most of us developed our eating addictions we were not aware. I developed mine as a child and I had no idea it would have these life long implications. I just found pleasure in flavor and relief through eating.

I can say that little by little our addictions can become less significant. They will not control us for ever and we can develop skills to avoid relapse.

Compulsive Eating: Emotional Eating

I define compulsive eating as the desire to eat for comfort. Food haunts us at times, like any other obsessive thought once you develop a food desire its hard to free your mind of it.  This serves as a problem because both over and under eating affects our nutritional level. Over consuming food can deter results and under eating food causes deficiency. We need balance by eating for nourishment.

If you’re seeking to become healthier and suffer from compulsive eating this may be your biggest battle. Understand that this addiction can be overcome and that it’s something you will work on for the remainder of your life. YOU CAN DO IT! Its important to understand what emotional eating is, to mindfully address your impulses. In doing research I came across great information about emotional eating on the  HelpGuide.org website, they are a nonprofit that provide a lot of self help information. Visit the site for more detailed information.

Emotional Eating:

Hunger that comes on suddenly.

Craves only certain foods.

Leads to mindless eating.

Leaves you unsatisfied when even after your full.

Is not located in your stomach.

Often times leads to regret, guilt, or shame.

If you experience these things in relationship with eating your likely an emotional eater. That’s okay, the first step is recognizing the problem. Now you can address these urges as they come and begin to talk yourself out of it. I write, draw, meditate, or deal with whats causing me stress head on when I feel my compulsive eating coming. I stop and self talk: “Bianca, your not hungry what’s really bothering you?” Most people have some form of addiction they retreat to for comfort, food is ours. This is the first step to kicking that addiction and replacing it with something positive.

Again for more information: http://www.helpguide.org/life/emotional_eating_stress_cravings.htm

Dear, College Student – Call to action

As college students we are taught to abide by the rules or we will not survive in academia. So we go to class, get our homework done, work to survive, participate in campus organizations and do whatever else we can think of to better our resumes. Or course our health matters to us, but in the scheme of things its just not that important.

  • We can’t  miss class when we are sick with a cold, without being required to present some type of proof. Therefore, if college policies consider so little about our personal health under extreme conditions like sickness, we in return begin to think working out can not become a priority. After all, working out is a preventative measure for avoiding sickness and maintaining good health. After a day of classes, meetings, and work the next steps are to do homework and go to bed.

As a fellow college student I completely understand. Being a young adult in general makes navigating through theses new responsibilities difficult. College students have BILLS, BILLS, organizations, jobs, community service, on top of BEING A SCHOLAR FIRST.

  •  I must tell you: My love those responsibilities are not going away, you will have to balance responsibilities for the rest of your life. College will be replaced by a career, husbands, and children will be added into the equation and your health will always be a factor.

I know most students came to college to obtain financial security in the career path of their choice. Think about this though: Wither you chose to address it  now or not, you need your health. We tend to not understand that we depend on our bodies to complete every goal we seek to accomplish. Makes no difference if your a full time student or a CEO of a company, you need your health! As college student we abuse our bodies constantly by not providing it with good nourishment, not getting enough sleep, or physical activity. Then as post-graduates, employers, and employees we expect our bodies to get us through the day, week, month, year, and decades. How great will achieving your professional/financial goals be if your suffering from heart problems, diabetes, cancer etc? At what point do you begin to realize you need a Give-Take relationship with your body? I hope that time is now. THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION, LATER IS NO BETTER THAN NOW.