The last time you binged, you said you’d never do it again.
Last night, you said you would not binge today.
This morning you woke up and said you will eat healthy today and not binge.
And then you did.
How many times has this happened to you?
You have the best of intentions, and then you forget, or don’t care about all the promises you made to yourself.
What made you change your mind?
What happened is that thoughts encouraging you to binge popped into your brain and you believed them.
These new thoughts sounded very appealing and attractive. They made a binge sound like a good idea. They made it seem like you could handle eating all that food or that it wouldn’t really matter if you ate a lot.
You let these new thoughts take over without taking a moment to compare them against all the thoughts that were in your mind after your last binge, last night, or this morning.
Why did you let those go? Those are the useful ones!
These pre-binge ones are terrible ideas and you always have the option of either believing them or challenging them.
So much of what we think is just our opinion. Your thoughts are not facts. This is proven every time you think that a binge is a good idea. You know that’s not true!
Each time you think about eating when you’re not hungry, or binge eating, you get to decide which thoughts you want to focus on – the ones encouraging you to binge or the ones that are going to encourage you not to.
What usually changes your mind when binge time comes?
What are the thoughts your “binge brain” throws at you to convince you to binge?
These are the ones that are so easily changing your mind.
But you don’t have to let them.
You always have a choice regarding what you’re going to do, but to make a healthy choice you must expect that the bad ideas will pop up (binge!!!) and you must be prepared with the useful thoughts (I don’t want to because….).
The next time you’re faced with a binge, don’t give up on all the reasons you don’t want to do it just because there are thoughts in your head telling you to do it.
Those binge thoughts are useless and unnecessary. Your true thoughts, the ones you think about outside of that moment, are coming from the real you that knows what’s best for you and that wants what’s best. Remind yourself of those ones. Practice them throughout the day. Don’t let yourself forget.
Don’t let the few moments when your brain spews stupid thoughts into your head allow you to change your mind about how you want to live your life.