In your journal, focus on your recovery from compulsive overeating, not on your weight. It will not serve you to write about how much weight you want to lose or how much weight you plan to lose. It will help your journey quite a bit, though, if you write about feelings that come up as you walk on your new path toward a healthy and vibrant life. As you write about your feelings, consider solutions to problems that you have. Can you think of a spiritual or emotional solution to your problem? If so, write about the solution.
Your journal can be a vehicle for self-inspiration and recovery. If you come across inspirational quotes or stories throughout your day, writing about them can help you stay focused on positive thinking and achieving your health goals.
Even as you work through emotional challenges with your writing, don’t let your journal become a pity party or a problem dumping ground. It’s good to express your feelings in your journal. It’s a great place to practice honesty and opening up your heart. But once you have purged a negative thought, take some time to consider a positive solution to whatever has been tormenting you. In what ways do you have control over the situation? What can you do to make a positive change in your life?
Daily Inspiration: “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
When we find ourselves living in self pity, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to think of a way to be of service to someone less fortunate. Do you have a relative or friend who is a shut in or having a hard time? Give that person a phone call and brighten the day. Keep a stack of Thinking of You cards with a book of stamps near your bed. If you find yourself in a negative mood when you are about to fall asleep or when you wake up, write out a card to someone who you think might be lonelier than you are. Do you know of someone who just lost a job or a pet — or is there someone in your life who you have not expressed appreciation for lately? Send a little note card. When you practice random acts of kindness on a daily basis, you will be amazed at how effectively it cultivates joy in your heart.