I’ve written before about Andie Mitchell and how her book opened my eyes to the love affair I was having with food. I am still a huge fan of hers. She has a TED Talk that I love to listen to when I’m feeling weak. (Here’s the link if you’d like to watch: Andie Mitchell TED Talk) She tells a story about a woman who is struggling with binge eating and calls her OA (Overeaters Anonymous) sponsor and tells them that she feels like she’s losing control and that she wants to binge. Her sponsor replies, “Do you think you can do it today? Can you just focus on making it through today without binging? JUST TODAY.”
It’s a powerful phrase. We can all do something for ‘just one day’. I use this phrase not just with binging, but also with my spending. Sometimes I wake up and the motivation to be healthy is pulsing through my veins like a raging storm…then there are days when I wake up and my only thought is ‘McDonalds breakfast’. As with any addiction, you have to strive to be conscious of your surroundings and decisions when you’re in recovery. Now, don’t let me fool you, I do still cave to my cravings sometimes. This last year I had to learn to become aware of my cravings, then analyze them by picking apart why that craving is there. Am I stressed? Am I upset? Am I feeling insecure? Or am I really just hungry? It’s REALLY hard to retrain your brain to think this way, but it’s necessary to understand the emotions behind your eating. Our bodies were designed to tell us what it needs; food, water, a bathroom break, etc. But once food becomes your coping mechanism, the hunger signals from your body are often wrong. Hunger and cravings are different. I’m hungry when my stomach grumbles. I’m craving Fazoli’s bread sticks and pasta when I’m having an emotional response to something. I fed that emotional hunger for so long that I lost touch with what hunger really felt like.
I’ve used the phrase “just today” in so many situations. Can I walk the dogs just a couple blocks further, just today? Can I skip eating out and spend 30 minutes cooking dinner at home, just today? Can I get up early and go to the gym, just today? My answer is always ‘yes’. I can do it JUST TODAY and so can you!