Insights about quitting addictions or "bad" habits?
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I used to weigh 242.9 lbs (I’m about 5’11 or so) 3 years ago, and didn’t feel great either. Now I’m about 180ish, in the best shape of my life, and have never felt better.
I think the key is to train your mind to make healthy eating and regular exercise staples of your life. Sometimes we have to crawl before we walk, however. Whereas some 3 years ago, when I was mired in a rut and ordering fast food nightly and gym sessions would be an irregular ‘blip’ on the radar, these days it’s quite the opposite. A day without some kind of exercise doesn’t ‘feel’ right, and almost invariably the next day I’m right back at it.
This relates: http://www.highexistence.com/30-challenges-for-30-days/
Also, with awareness, we can avoid avoid the destructive cycle of not feeling so good, indulging to relieve the pain or perhaps as a means of escapism (emotional eating, or any other kind of addiction), feeling guilty or poorly about oneself for doing so (and thus having our perceived sense of self take a hit), and then repeat. I think occasional indulgences are fine, and perhaps even healthy, but avoiding the all too common associated guilt is beneficial for one’s mental-health.
@lytning91, I have struggled with eating as well man. My brain and my tongue love tasty, greasy foods. But recently, in the last few years, I have trained myself to love healthy foods (I still love comfort foods) and now I am in the best shape I have been in since high school. I still get sucked in to the unhealthy foods but not nearly as often as I used to.
I began to visualize how much more my body “likes” healthy, whole foods. Your body is so much happier when your not suffocating it with fats and salt. I learned to love eating like an animal. A lot of times I eat these healthy foods with my hands, no matter what it is, it just helps me feel more like an animal. I know your totally capable of eating mindfully, it just takes determination and practice, lets me know if you need ideas, I am full of them.
@seeker, Smoking is the habit I have been giving up. I recently quit cigarettes, I wasn’t a full blown smoker but I was certainly addicted. Honestly, It wasn’t too hard for me. I’ll still have ONE every now and again in the right situation, but I am very close to HATING cigarettes because I love my body. Now I am struggling to quit smoking Ganja on a regular basis. I am getting there but it is more difficult than cigarettes were. I wonder why haha
I pick my thumbs, I have tried wrapping them up in bandages but then they come off and I continue to pick!! Sometimes they get really bad an raw. It doesn’t ruin my life but it’s something I would like to stop. Although they have begun to heal REALLY fast afterwards they look almost like new if I leave them alone for a day and a half…. which is odd… and other cuts or abrasions on my body have started to heal much much faster as well.. strange… or maybe I am just healthier??
Not sure, but picking my thumbs is so addicting =[
@ilooklikeawaterbottle, I think once I get back to college on my own again I will try to be a lot more conscious with my new roommate. Hopefully we will bring out the best in one another, in terms of eating right and being active. I’d love to hear some of your ideas regardless though because I can use all the help I can get.
Mine was food, and I still have my moments. But I started writing down everything that I ate, and lost 50lbs. It helps that I became wheat intolerant too to be honest, because a lot of my old favourite foods are now out of bounds. I can get wheat free or gluten free versions but they’re either far too expensive or hard to find that it gives me time to think ‘do I really need to eat this?’.
Whenever I record what I eat (I don’t do it all the time now, and manage pretty well) if I want to eat something ‘bad’ I input it before I eat it and most of the time I decide against it. I highly recommend doing that. And if anyone is thinking of doing it myfitnesspal is great, the database is amazing.