Dear readers, finding strength to keep our commitments is no easy task. We plan, prepare and do our best to follow through and reach the goals we have set for ourselves. Many times failing along the way, and letting discouragement hit us fast and furiously.
One of the worst things we experience is discouragement, it just doesn’t let us move forward. It’s like a pond of moving sand that sucks us in with no way out. The thing is that we have the power within ourselves to change all of this.
We can reverse discouragement to encouragement just by changing our inner dialogues and setting an intention. Remaining encouraged when dealing with body image issues related to weight gain is tricky.
Weight gain is troublesome for everyone who relies heavily on steroids, myself being one of them. Discouragement is a central part of how I feel when I fail to follow through on my well meant plan of not eating at night. Night munchies are difficult to control and if you add the element of the appetite you work up not only because usually steroids do that to you, but also because it causes yet another problematic situation, insomnia. So here we have yet another pill with multiple side effects. All those calories consumed during the night don’t help at all if I’m trying to manage my weight.
This been said, let’s talk about my journeys.
I’ve come up with an alternative plan on how to minimize the effects of mindless nocturnal munchies. For three days in a row I begin something I call “My Three Day Journey”, during these three days I practice intermittent fasting, mindful eating and write my intention for the day in the morning and a highlight of that same day when it’s over practicing gratitude. I use my bullet journal for this, so I can go back and read highlights from prior days that inspire me.
Very early in the morning I set an intention of not eating nothing past 6:00 or 7:00 pm, only tea. My mind is already telling my body that we will not be eating pass that hour, so I try to eat a light dinner prior to that hour and take 100 steps afterwards to boost my digestion. These steps usually are around my house and not in a hurry, I walk in a mindful centered way. If you are using a walking cane it’s fine, you just go little by little. These little things add up and make a huge difference on the outcome of how you feel later on throughout the days to come.
With the passing of each day you’ll begin to feel encouraged about your progress. To feel better about yourself upon the completion of your journey.
After each journey I’ve taken, I become a little bit more aware each time about the importance of taking good care of my body even it it’s a little impaired. Affirming my acceptance of loving myself just as I am makes it less a battlefront and more an exercise of compassion towards myself. The beauty of my journeys is that I decide when I want to begin another one.
It’s great to wake up in the morning and not feel guilty about all the wrong things I ate the prior night, and to regain control of my weight. These small changes have added up to significant weight loss during a span of time for me, and by changing them on a conscious level the pounds remain off.
Hope this helped or inspired someone trying to conquer MG or any other illness little by little. Happy travels to anyone who decides to take on his or her own three day journey. The important thing is to customize your journey, you are your best advocate and don’t forget to talk to your doctor about any small or big steps you plan to take.
See you around the corner. Hasta pronto!