Fighting Back When You’re Starting Back
When your back’s against the wall with your eating you need to act positively and decisively otherwise you could quickly find yourself falling into a rut. I’ve been there too many times before and it’s maddening when I let it happen to myself.
Here are some things to think about if the struggle is real with you to help you fight back.
- Every bit of activity you do is positive – Don’t spend the run beating yourself up if the alternative is to go back and sulk and eat. You’re doing good by spending time out there. More time outside of your head is good for you.
- Limit the damage you inflict on your body on binges – These binges happen more often than we care to admit. We don’t have to make shit worse by adopting the “well I went this far so now I might as well drink 3000 of chocolate milk calories” as well. Binges aren’t a sign of failure. They are something you have to overcome with experience and by restricting their immediate impact you are taking a crucial first step into understanding why you act the way you act.
- Trigger identification to prevent feature binges – What caused you to want to eat everything on the planet? Was it loneliness or sadness? Once you identify the trigger you can learn how to cope with it in better ways. If you eat because you’re sad are you sure it’s making you feel any better over the long term or is it just providing a temporary fix?
- Eliminating extreme calorie restrictions – The temptation, once you consume so many calories, is to only allow yourself a small number of calories the next day. You’ll find this difficult to keep to, eat all of your allowed intake again by morning and then go off on another binge.
- Keep positive – You’re progressing in the right direction overall. If you’re suffering from any sort of addiction and are in pain with it, you will overcome with it. You’re in pain because you know something’s wrong and you want to stop but you just haven’t found the key to the cell as of yet. It will come with more experience, help, and effort.