12/9/2014

And You Will Be Brilliant!

By Laura Moncur @ 8:07 am — Filed under:

Sometimes I need a little boost and this animated GIF really made my day:

And You Will Be Brilliant! from Starling Fitness

It reads:

And you will be brilliant!

I don’t know why having Doctor Who telling me that I’ll be brilliant if I just keep working is so motivating to me, but it is.

This is one picture from a series encouraging you to study. You can see the whole series here: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR — kittydoom: cavykatie: …

12/8/2014

Sophrosyne

By Laura Moncur @ 7:45 am — Filed under:

Sophrosyne: It’s a word I’ve never heard of before. In fact, it’s a word that my spell-check has never heard of before. It was never taught me in school or religious classes, despite being the one thing that would have helped me most in life.

Sophrosyne from Starling Fitness

The definition of Sophrosyne is:

A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one’s true self, and resulting in true happiness.

We all know the word hedonism (a school of thought that argues that pleasure is the primary or most important intrinsic good), which is the OPPOSITE of sophrosyne. My spell check believes that it is a real word, but sophrosyne has a red line underneath it, denying its existence.

Is it no wonder that our society is spending too much, eating too much, exercising too little and mired in addictions? The basic concept of self-control and moderation isn’t taught in schools. It is so unknown that the word describing it isn’t even in our vernacular.

It’s not like the ancients weren’t trying to tell us about it. Just look at this Goethe quote:

Out of moderation a pure happiness springs from Starling Fitness

Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more I try to be ordinary, the better my life becomes. The more I try to be boring, the happier I am. I don’t exercise like a crazy woman anymore. I don’t binge like a glutton anymore. When I’m moderate with my exercise AND my eating, I lose weight, feel better and am happier. When I try to exercise and restrict my eating, I end up bingeing. Staying away from the extremes has literally saved my life. Sophrosyne is my new catchphrase.

Images via:

Sophrosyne definition: Wanderlust

Goethe Quote: 3 steps for achieving sophrosyne – positively present

12/6/2014

There Is No Diet

By Laura Moncur @ 6:52 pm — Filed under:

I saw this motivational poster on thefitnesselements and I didn’t know what to think about it.

There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does. From Starling Fitness

It reads:

There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does.

This seemed like arguing semantics to me. ANY plan of eating you choose could be considered your diet. Any plan of healthy eating is, in fact, a diet.

Then again, this poster does remind me of a truth that I have found.

Diets just don’t appeal to me anymore.

I used to scour fitness magazines and book stores, looking for “inspiration.” Whenever eating healthy became hard, I would look for a new way of eating that would solve my problems. Until I learned the truth about my eating disorder.

It’s NEVER About The Food

Whenever I am having a hard time eating healthy, I know that something ELSE is wrong in my life. Maybe I was rude to someone and didn’t apologize. Maybe I was hurt by something someone said. Maybe I am holding onto a grudge or resentment that I just need to let go.

Whatever my problem, it is NEVER about the food. If I am tempted to eat poorly, I do NOT need a new diet. I need to apologize to someone, forgive them or accept them as they are. There is something in my life emotionally that I need to deal with, not a diet.

The truth is, it’s also never about the exercise either. Whenever I am tempted to really bump up my exercise program, that is yet ANOTHER indication that something is off in my life. I don’t need to increase my speed or do hill work. I need to apologize to someone, forgive them or accept them as they are.

This motivational poster is RIGHT. There is no diet that can do what healthy eating does. In fact, diets and new exercise regimes can’t do anything for me except give me a clue that something else is amiss in my life.

11/30/2014

Become A Priority in Your Life

By Laura Moncur @ 9:03 am — Filed under:

I saw this motivational poster on Positive Life Tips and it reminded me of the difference of my life before and now my life after.

Become A Priority in Your Life by Starling Fitness

It reads:

Become a priority in your life.

This means a lot of things that I didn’t know it would mean.

  • Setting appointments for things like meditation and exercise that are ESSENTIAL for my mental and physical health.
  • Making up food and snacks ahead of time so that I’m not starving and choosing the wrong foods.
  • DOING what my sponsor tells me to do.
  • NOT doing what my sponsor tells me not to do.
  • Putting my needs ahead of the needs of those who don’t matter.

It’s HARD to do these things, but the pay offs are great. Instead of excuses and exhaustion, I am healthy and happy right now. The next time you catch yourself skipping workouts or saying yes to someone who isn’t worth it, remember to make yourself a priority.

11/24/2014

Every Inch of You Is Perfect from the Bottom to the Top

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

I don’t know how this song flew under my radar for so long, but now that I’ve found it, I’m all about that bass!

I had heard the song a couple of months ago and I thought I liked it. Yeah, love for all body images (except the skinny bitches line)! It’s great! Embrace your body and love it for what it is. Yeah, yeah, yeah…

Then I saw that video and it made me ADORE the song for ONE reason. The dancing sensation that is this man:

Every Inch of You Is Perfect from the Bottom to the Top from Starling Fitness

So much of the love your body image has been directed at women that I think men have been left out. This guy is an amazing dancer and he is just so damn adorable. He could tell the EXACT same story as Meghan Trainor. He’s all about that bass, too!

This is my favorite line and it’s so hard to remember sometimes:

Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.

The next time you’re feeling down about your body, put this song on and crank it up!

11/22/2014

American Medical Review Profile of Overeaters Anonymous

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

This video is a profile of Overeater’s Anonymous by American Medical Review in 2010. It is a good introduction into the program. Fast forward to the 1:10 minute mark to skip past the cheesy graphics and announcer.

This video isn’t a replacement for attending meetings. It’s just an introduction. Nothing can replace the fellowship of other people with eating disorders. If this gave you hope, find a meeting here:

If the idea that your eating disorder is a spiritual problem (not just a physical and emotional one) bothers you, read this series of entries about how I found recovery without believing in God.

There is hope for you. You just need to be brave enough to get yourself to a meeting.


Overeater’s Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog. I speak only of my personal experience and not for OA as a whole.

11/21/2014

Overeaters Anonymous Public Service Announcement

By Laura Moncur @ 10:58 am — Filed under:

I just saw this little public Service Announcement for Overeater’s Anonymous. It’s a really good depiction of what it felt like to be powerless over food. It wasn’t dramatic, it just was THERE ALL THE TIME. I NEEDED to be eating everywhere: at work, at home, at the park, in the car, EVERYWHERE.


Overeater’s Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog. I speak only of my personal experience and not for OA as a whole.

11/20/2014

Gentleness and Time

By Laura Moncur @ 9:47 am — Filed under:

I saw this quote today and it shocked me at how BAD I am at this:

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. Saint Francis de Sales from The Quotations Page

It reads:

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

  • Saint Francis de Sales

Whenever things have gotten harder in my weight loss journey, I have attacked things with stricter eating and more intense exercise. That has always led to a binge for me. I have never just tried to be gentle with myself and give myself time. I’ve done the polar opposite and gotten horrible results.

If you run into problems, try this radical idea. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing. You are at a plateau? Just keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t increase your workouts. Don’t change up your food. Just keep eating the calories you’re supposed to eat to lose weight safely. Just keep doing moderate workouts.

Give yourself gentleness and time.

11/17/2014

Everybody Here Is A Friend of Mine

By Laura Moncur @ 9:51 am — Filed under:

Usually when I have a migraine, I hide in a dark room, hoping to sleep it off, but last month, we were traveling to see family and I couldn’t hide. I took my two naproxen sodium pills and the pain lulled to a dull thud. Mike was going to drive and we stopped to get gas in town before leaving.

That’s when it happened… (more…)

11/16/2014

Contraints of the Space-Time Continuum

By Laura Moncur @ 12:45 pm — Filed under:

Just yesterday, I was talking about how I need to live in The Here and Now. Then this gorgeous quote from Hank Green shows up in my feed.

Constraints of the Space-Time Continuum

It reads:

I live in the present due to the constraints of the Space-Time Continuum.

It’s true. We MUST live in the present. We can’t do anything else. We can’t change the past. We can’t foresee the future. Any time spent trying to do either is WASTED time.

Every time I think about eating this way for the rest of my life, the REASON I feel panicky and unable to complete the task is because of the sheer complexity of fathoming the rest of my life. I’m not panicked about eating this way for the rest of my life. I’m just panicked about the rest of my life.

As long as I focus on TODAY, THIS MINUTE, I can do it. I am like the proverbial Verizon Guy. Can I eat healthy now? YES! Can I eat healthy NOW? YES! Can I eat healthy next year? We do NOT know! You have to wait until the Verizon Guy WALKS there, step by step, to get there. THEN, you can ask me. Can I eat healthy now? YES!

Image via: The Benevolent Slice

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