I thought I had conquered my emotional eating.
Then 2020 happened.
I slid right back into eating to sooth myself this past March. I watched myself do it (consciously) for about 2 months.
That combined with no gym (aka stress relief) led me to gain weight back.
Weight that I thought was gone for good.
This time was different though. Because once I became aware of what was happening, I decided to stop beating myself up.
Most habits are learned in childhood. I ate to feel better, I ate out of habit. I ate because that’s what I saw the adults around me doing.
It’s what I knew.
Did you know that most of our coping methods are solidified by the age of 10?!! I don’t want to rely on 10 year old Liz to cope with my adult life! Creepy!
Loving myself through this year has been one of my biggest gains.
It’s so easy to have compassion for our friends, our family, the other people around us (including our pets).
Applying that love, kindness and compassion to ourselves is one of the best ways I’ve found to continue the practice of overcoming emotional eating.
I’m not perfect, probably never will be.
And that’s ok. I eat food I love and I practice my healthy habits and when I mess up, I take it as a lesson for growth, not a sign that I’m a failure or that there’s something wrong with me. It’s just me, on my journey.
Learning to embrace myself and love me fully and have my own back is the best thing in 2020 and I am so grateful for this lesson.
I want you to know that you can stop emotionally eating too.
You can lose excess weight permanently.
You’re not broken if you’ve failed before.
You’re not unfixable because you’re not broken.
You just need to address the root of the eating… the emotions.
Trust me, it’s so much easier to not struggle anymore.
To let food just be food.
You can do this. It’s never too late and you’re never too far gone. I promise.
We’re doing a 5 day LOSING IT challenge Dec 13-17. Click here to register and join us. Lose 5lb before 2021. It’s never too late to start or continue.