National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Food, predominantly eating food has long been understood to be correlated with mood and emotion, hence the evolution and issue of the eating disorder. In other words, eating disorders do not necessarily stem from one’s body image in comparison to others, being underweight, overweight, or even health and fitness. Essentially, eating disorders are often rooted far deeper mentally and emotionally. As the fitness craze has grown, considerable focus has been put on the overweight, signifying that obesity is almost the end all and be all of eating disorders when in reality there are other forms of eating disorders which often go unnoticed such as anorexia and its different forms because it doesn’t always show physically. And when it does show physically, the cause can be misconstrued as one’s desire to look physically cover model slim or fit (see – ). The depth of the disorder then often goes unnoticed and, therefore, unchecked.

Personally, my fitness journey took me from extreme overweight, overeating, comfort and binge eating to extreme weight loss, under eating, and borderline eating disorder. I had lost over one hundred pounds and I had to make sure that I wouldn’t put even a single pound of it back on. If I would eat an apple, everyone around me would know. I wouldn’t shut up about it for hours. It felt like the only way I could control my weight and therefore life was by eating less and less, and talking about anything that I did eat so as to make myself okay with it. Thankfully, it didn’t go too far and I understood, with the help of those close to me, what was beginning to happen to me. It took time to understand that at either end there is an extreme, and extremes can be dangerous. It was the extreme that made me realize that I had to change my mindset and my focus as I wrote in my Throw Back Thursday; The Journey Continues post. Eating disorders are no joke. They are immensely painful for one who is sadly living with it. Even on its borderline it was mentally painful, and it’s hard to imagine how much worse it could get.

As it is NEDA or #NEDAwareness week , take a moment to read and learn something even small about eating disorders and share this knowledge to raise awareness. See link

The Problem with Past Achievements

It’s great to have achieved that first goal. Making that first step, taking on the challenge, staying strong, and accomplishing the most difficult first achievement. Congratulations sir! Great job! Now what? Now there is something to always fall back on, something to show the people (if that’s what’s important).

Here is where the problem starts. I have seen it in my own life and my own fitness journey. I have seen it with others as well and with others who ask me for fitness advice. Past achievements can cause complacency and lack of ambition to achieve more. They can hold us back. They give us the capability to tell ourselves, look how much we have accomplished and every time there is an opportunity to take it further, we go back to the existing achievements and say, but look how much I have accomplished. The past achievement becomes the excuse for why we can’t achieve the next level. Every time we look at the next step and how difficult it may be we answer our inner questions with, but look how much I have achieved already. We go back to picture of how much weight we may have already lost or other results we have accomplished.

Past achievements are good, in fact they are great. However, they are not an excuse and not a fall back plan as to why we are not achieving or can’t achieve more. Instead, they should be a platform for the opposite. They are proof that I can achieve my goals and can achieve more. It’s a small mindset tweak on how these achievements are viewed. Don’t rely on them, but don’t forget them. In fact, use them as a base for how much more we can accomplish. Understanding that I can do more just because I have already done so much, instead of just saying but look how far I’ve come.

I use my past achievements to push me onto succeeding with my next goals, to accomplish more. They are simply proof that I can achieve more. Everyday pushing myself to new limitations, constantly striving to break my previous records and limitations. I find that this is the key to focusing on the future achievements, using the past only as an outline of what I can accomplish when I push myself and get to it. If you want to accomplish more, you have to continuously push for more. The past achievement doesn’t earn you the right to future achievements. It only tells you that you are capable of the future achievement. But you still have to work for it, like you did to achieve in the past. Stop focusing on what you have done and start focusing on what needs to be done, what you can do, and what you want to do!