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Lexie's Journal

Lexie struggles with her weight but is learning how to trust her body again with Am I Hungry?

What I WILL do, not what I will stop doing
Posted on 02/01/2008 @ 12:02 AM

There's something I've learned that I am forgetting to use. It has never helped me to say to myself, "Stop thinking that" or "Stop doing that." As soon as I do, I start "obsessing" over the thought. "Don't think about the disagreement you had with your friend. Just stop thinking about it" and two seconds later I'm thinking about it. What HAS helped is to tell myself, "Go do this" or "Think about this" and then every time the old thought creeps in I redirect myself again...gently. It's easier to DO something than to NOT do something. Instead of, "Don't eat when you aren't hungry" it's more helpful to tell myself, "When I'm not hungry and I want to eat I will do....whatever." I will take a walk and think about how the air feels on my skin and the smell of the leaves. When I am not hungry and I want to eat I will think about what is causing me to want to eat. When I am not hungry anymore and I want to keep eating I will walk away and ask myself why I still want to eat. I will close my eyes and listen to some music. I will explore a picture. I will give myself a manicure. There are so many other things I can do with my time. Doing is more helpful than not doing!

Michelle May M.D.

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