I’m sure you have all heard the common (yet often helpful) phrase “One step at a time.” While it’s simple, it’s also easy to forget, especially if you happen to be in the midst of trying to get sane about food and body stuff.
We talk on this site about recovery being a process, and often a process has the potential to be overwhelming and challenging at times. I like to re-frame the “One step at a time” idea and call it counting “Little Victories…”
I was reminded of this when I had a little bit of an “off week” week and found myself in my parent’s home for the holidays, perhaps teetering on some old habits (the kind that aren’t totally sane about food). A while ago, one of the foods I would reach for during times of emotional eating and would often overeat was dry cereal. Plain, boring cereal.
I was home alone and sort of had that feeling I get when I am searching for something to eat even though I’m not really hungry (usually signaling that I need to pause and check-in with myself and see what is actually really going on). I opened the familiar cabinet that holds the cereal, and I just stared at it and thought: that doesn’t even seem appealing one bit. Dry cereal? No way dude. Little Victory!
I closed the cabinet and made myself some tea. It was kind of amazing that I truly didn’t even want it and although I had been having some challenging times, I made sure to recognize it as a little victory! (Okay, maybe a big one…). I felt seriously good about making a better choice and not eating when I really wasn’t hungry!
I think it is really important to recognize and celebrate the little victories that you find yourself achieving—in life in general—but especially with things regarding getting sane about food. A moment in which you listened to your body, or a time you decided not to let yourself feel guilty about what you just ate…you name it! Sometimes you really have to pay attention, but truly acknowledging them can help put in perspective the small changes you are making and soon you have a whole basket full of little victories…which equals bigger ones and most-likely some great progress.
Are you able to notice and count your little victories? Maybe give it a try, I think you might like it! —Morgan