Sunday, January 11, 2009

A New Focus: Life, Not Food

"If our concentration on food and weight has become an obsession, then the other areas of our lives are definitely suffering.

Sit quietly with a piece of paper and think about all the aspects of your life: Work, friends, family, health, fitness, eating habits, nutrition, creative interests/hobbies, education, and spirituality. In general, think about who you are, how you handle these aspects of your life, what you want to be different, the direction you are growing in, and what new behaviors, etc, you want to commit to.

Now, pick a category to really focus on. Think about what would really make you happier and fulfill your needs. Identify a list of things you can do to begin filling these needs. Pick one to three things you can begin on right away. Make sure your goals are achievable!

The key is to focus on something that really requires more attention. It is probably what is most dissatisfying about your life. Start there and begin to make a plan for improving that area."

Exercise from Enlightened Eating, by Rebecca Ruggles Radcliffe

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