Thursday, September 17, 2009

DAY 39 Slight Course Correction

DAY 39 of ReStart,  Thursday  Sept 17, 09

Hi there Journal,

Little changes can yield big results.

 I remember one time hearing a pilot tell how it was important to continually check his heading while flying a small plane, and make slight course corrections...because even though he might only be off a tiny bit, over a long flight that would cause him to be off course by a huge amount. So, slight corrections were important to make as he went along.

I have been trying to be more aware when making my food choices. To help me do that, I had been asking myself: Am I hungry?

It occurred to me yesterday that since I am trying to get to the bottom of my emotional eating, it would be more effective if I asked myself: What am I feeling? 

If it is physical problemo. Just make a good choice, no big deal.

If I am NOT hungry, then I need to find out why I am reaching for FOOD...why I am stuffing my face, instead of facing my stuff. 

I remember when I was a teenager one of my favorite songs was "I Am A Rock" by Simon and Garfunkel. One line in the song went: I am a rock, I am an island, and a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries."  

Here are the words to the whole song, I Am A Rock:

A winters day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and its loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I wont disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

Gee, no wonder I am out of touch with my true feelings!!

Not a big course correction, changing the question I ask myself, but I think in the long run, it will help me steer in the right direction, mo' bettah. :-)

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From Dr Phil's book: "Our filters powerfully influence the interpretation we give to the events in our lives. Those interpretations, in turn, determine how we will respond to life."

My verse for today: " If you seek Him, he will be found by you."

My quote for today: "It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it." --Sam Levenson

Enjoy the Journey,



antgirl said...

Very wise, Loretta. I think that will help you tremendously. This whole losing weight thing took a lot more brainwork than folks think. I probably spent more time thinking than anything else and trying to figure out why some of my habits exist. It helps, because then you can devise more effective rules and strategies that will work for you.

Retta said...

Brainwork...yes! That is so true... I appreciate that you get it. And it helps to hear it from people ahead of me on this journey, too.
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

My brain is fried from listening to my oldest daughters ap european history class teacher drone for two hours and at the end tell us it will cost 3 thousand dollars for them to take the European field trip. I cant think straight. But its possible i do understand what you are saying here. Its also possible I dont, but I care very much and hope to be supportive in any way I can be to you. :-) Now...I have to go to bed and let my poor brain rest.

Retta said...

I appreciate your heart, Nancy. Now I hope you get some restful Z's!!

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