Hello loves! I hope all of your weeks are going well. I am happy that I am writing a blog post today, even though there are a million other things I should probably be doing (such as homework, A LOT of homework)…maybe I am procrastinating? Who knows! Anyways, today I had an appointment with my nutritionist. This is the second time seeing her, and my first appointment that I had with her was about a month ago. I have only seen one other nutritionist in the past, and seeing as my current nutritionist is available through my university, I decided to go this route. I really like her! I went into this appointment kind of dreading it, wishing I had canceled, and ready to bs my way through…that is NOT what happened…
I did not realize that I was struggling with anything until my nutritionist started asking me questions and got me talking. I realized that I am actually struggling with a lot…not sinking, struggling. We discussed ways in which I can pick myself back up and work on areas that need to be fine tuned. I spent a good hour with my nutritionist, which surprised me, and I left with concrete goals to work on which she called my ‘medical homework’ or ‘doctor’s note’ (she is not a doctor, but this way of thinking helps me to follow through with my goals, and allows me to accomplish what I set out to do). We talked about so much, including my anxiety around eating, my behaviors, and various ways that I can help myself. I told her about my trip to florida and how much fun I had, but I also discussed my struggle with food and comparing myself to others. During my appointment, she said something that really struck a cord with me…it was such a good idea and something that I have never thought of before! Let me back up for a second. Together, we set a goal for me to work on, and this goal’s target was for 3 days out of the week, to start with, that is. She told me that there are various strategies that I can implement to increase my chances of following through with my goal. One strategy is to, wait for it… reward myself…Did I hear that correctly?
“Eeeek!” was my first thought. I do NOT LIKE spending money on myself. Not only that, but why would I want to reward myself? Doesn’t that, like, mean that you have to do something nice for yourself? Well, the answer is YES! You NEED to do nice things for yourself and take care of yourself. Think of it this way, if you are nice to all of your friends and would help your friends to feel better, why wouldn’t you do the same thing for yourself? After thinking about this concept and discussing it with her for a while, I realized that the reward does not always have to involve money. It can be anything! For example, if I follow through with goal X, I can take some time to watch a movie or a couple episodes of my favorite TV show, take a bubble bath, or do a craft that I have been wanting to do. If my reward does, in fact, involve buying something – that’s okay too! Like I said in one of my earlier posts, it is important to treat yourself to something every once in a while, and I would say that completing a difficult treatment goal warrants a little something special. Now, I don’t know if I will do this all of the time, but my nutritionist has a good point: it may make things easier if you start out with rewards for yourself, especially if the habit is hard to break. It can help you get started and headed in the right direction!
I went into my nutrition appointment expecting nothing to come from it, and I left empowered and feeling more motivated than I was walking in. This just shows how far you can go if you keep an open mind, and what can come from being honest with yourself and those around you. Making changes will not be easy, but I am willing to try. As long as you just try, you have nothing to lose.