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As you may know, we live in a culture which promotes a love/hate relationship with food, with our bodies and ultimately with ourselves. Therefore, we are left feeling out of control with our eating and with our lives. Joyce Sarat White, licensed professional counselor and founder of Weighty Issues, helps clients explore information, challenge beliefs and encourages the reframing of one's relationship to food, to their bodies and to themselves. Click here for a more complete description of Weighty Issues.

This blog will provide you with the opportunity to receive support and education. The information is meant to complement, not substitute for professional services. Thank you for visiting, I hope it will become habit forming!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Progress is NOT only Measured on the Scale

If you feel you are what you weigh and you allow the scale to determine your worth, it may be helpful to begin noticing other ways to measure your progress towards health. This is not an easy feat, since we live in a culture that shames us unless we are thin enough. However, it is imperative if we are to feel good about ourselves and our bodies and live a healthy and joyful life.


The following list includes some ways to measure success beyond the scale:

1. Listening to your hunger; eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full.

2. Looking in the mirror and saying an affirmation, for example, "I am beautiful inside and out."

3. Giving your body enough sleep so it is rested and rejuvenated.

4. Moving your body in an enjoyable way just because you enjoy it and not to lose weight.

5. Setting aside "quiet" time.

6. Spending time in nature.

7. Letting go of negative self-deprecating thoughts and replacing them with loving, affirming thoughts.

8. Noticing when hunger is emotional and finding a nurturing coping strategy.

9. Feeding your body with a variety of nutritious foods that satisfy you instead of dieting.

10.Feeling confident, strong and able to list qualities that reflect your inner beauty.

11.Attending sessions with Joyce at Weighty Issues or the Weighty Matters Group for support, education and insights.


Which one is your measure of progress?

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