Meditation is a habit and skill I wanted to develop, both as a way to relax and to keep my slippery slope thinking from hijacking my thoughts and brain during weight maintenance.
The old me told me things that would keep my food addiction alive. My disease living depended on the brain hijacking, or slippery slope thinking. So I had to address all these thoughts without acting on them in long term weight maintenance. Irrational belief's = return to obesity.
So it made sense that I needed all the tools I could get my hands on to replace those repetitive thoughts. In addition to meditation, I 'll use distraction activities like house projects, playing with the cats, gardening, walking , iphone games, even an episode or two of the Real Housewives (OC or NYS or NJ)
Since I've been practicing meditation, I've discovered guided meditation works best.
My favorite Meditation Tools:
Free and paid apps- Calm, Coach.Me, Insight Timer
Books: 8 minute meditation, by Victor Davich
Some of the cool things that have happened for me as far as thought changes with meditation- what's working now:
- Keeping a lid on the slippery slope thinking (it's still there, but doesn't arise easily)
- Relaxing my body before heading to sleep.
- More happiness when gardening, interacting with the cats
- Fewer negative thoughts
- The eat, repeat, repent cycle
- The "I've blown it, so I'll start tomorrow, Monday, after vacation, next year cycle
- The "I've been good/walked a lot/trained for a half marathon walking so I deserve this muffin, biscotti, pizza, cinnamon roll, Skinnycow ice cream.
- The moderator WW leader told me I would binge if I didn't moderate, so I must eat a few points of M&M's * *This one is my favorite to laugh about- putting other people in charge...**
- No one will know if I eat this frosting on the left over cake in the break room. Won't matter one bit.
- Even in the first year of weight , well Lara bars are Paleo, so I'll have half, oh, that was good, I'll have another half. Oh, I'm not counting points so, I'll have these raisins, too. I've been hiking a lot...
I'm still not at daily meditation, but up to at least 5 days a week. I've also learned that I need shorter (5 minutes or less) meditation sessions during the week and I can use longer meditation sessions on the weekends. I'd rather meditate for 5 minutes daily than longer sessions less frequently.
Anyway, who else meditates? It doesn't take the place of long walks, being "in the zone" while practicing photography, or praying to my higher power, or sleeping well. I still do those things. I am finding it a simple way to relax during the day.
A Paleo food template will only take me so far in weight maintenance. I owe it to myself to keep my meditation game strong.
|Laguna Beach, Summer 2015|