For starters I had severe insomnia and a poor diet, I have been able to change these things in my life. I eat very nutrious meals now. I have lost 35 lbs. My stress level and my body are more healthy. I am proud of that, but I am finding that I experience a great deal of anxiety when it gets close to the time of going to see family memebers. During this time, I find that I eat when I am not hungry. I just gained 10 lbs in the last few days. I am trying to understand why I do this. Even though I have lost 35 lbs in a healthy way (I became vegitarian so low-carb mood swings do not apply here). I still beat myself up for not being thin. Truth is, I am healthy and am very thankful for that. I still, however HATE the way my body looks. Any advise on why I get anxious before family visits and what I can do to change my self-image for the better?
Thank you in adavance,
Congratulation on having successfully improved your eating habits and your weightloss! That is truly very commendable of you. If you continue to eat healthy and excercise every day for about an hour, you will become even more satisfied with your weight in the future. Why does your family stir up feelings of anxiety for you? One way of finding out is to not eat the next time you are about to see them but instead lie in your bed and focus on how you feel. Then you will get in contact with your feelings and you will become more aware of the problems and conflict in your family that makes you feel this way. One should not comfort oneself with food when experiencing anxiety. One should only eat when one is psycially hungry. If you expereince your anxiety instead you will learn something new about yourself, which in turn might lead to change and development.