Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Name is Stephanie, and I Overeat...

Even coaches and trainers have "off" days.  I have maintained a 60 lb weight loss for almost two years.  I'm a runner and currently training for my second 15k.  I love to bench press, squat and dead lift. I am a certified personal trainer and gym owner with a long roster of happy clients.  And I'm an overeater.

Yep, you read that right.  For reasons that have nothing to do with hunger or properly fueling my body, I sometimes overeat.  Because the food tastes good.  Because overeating is familiar and comforting to me.

I'm not sure I'll ever "outgrow" this, but I am conscious of it.  I don't beat myself up, but I do acknowledge when it happens.  And then do you know what I do?

I move on.

Tomorrow is a new day with new food choices, new chances to work out and new experiences.  My overeating does not define me, but it does play a part in my journey. Without acknowledging when it happens, I'm doomed to fall back into overeating cycles.

Awareness is very powerful.  Being aware of your patterns and habits is the only way to break them (if necessary) and form healthy ones.  The key to a life of balance is awareness and self-love.  Don't beat yourself up over a meal or a whole day of food choices that are not congruent with your goals.  Recognize when it happens, AND MOVE ON.

Coach Steph

1 comment:

  1. Great article! Your honesty and transparency is very refreshing. I've witnessed your journey over the past few years and I believe that your acknowledgement of it has made you an effective trainer & someone who people feel safe opening up to. Keep up the great work!