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Day 84 - Body memories





Often, we don’t recognize we’re having a body memory. We just see the symptoms of overeating, not exercising and feeling out of sync. Learn to recognize when you’re having a body memory, then remind yourself to do extra nurturing and self-care to get through that challenging time.

Today

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.
• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.
• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.





This was a difficult idea for me to try and relate to body memories. It’s easier for me to think about the feelings and emotions we experience.

But, then I remembered a time when my body actually knew something before my brain knew it. Years ago after I had pneumonia and developed asthma and
had respiratory problems, cigarette smoke was very irritating to me in a way it had never bothered me before being sick. Even when I was in an environment and did not see someone smoking, I found I would suddenly get agitated and irritable for no reason. Awhile later after experiencing those feelings, I would suddenly realize I smelled cigarette smoke and that is what bothered me. It always amazed me that my body knew something before my brain.

So, the body memories for me are in the area of lost loved ones. I remember actually losing strength and falling to the floor, feeling that time stopped, and I was in a soundproof vacuum when hearing and receiving heartbreaking bad news. Lots of sad memories of the losses, happy memories of good times, and unfulfilled hopes for the future. Can’t point to just one date on the calendar since my losses occur during most of the months of the year. This is something for me to think about.

I need to remind myself to do extra nurturing and self-care to get through challenging times.



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6/27/19 7:02 P

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I feel your pain ladies, and it’s so true those dates are in our bones! For me the 4th of July starts it, our son died on the 6th. His birthday on January 8.
No matter how many years, it’s still a club no mother ever gets used to!

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6/27/19 1:38 P

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to you both - I can only begin to imagine how I might feel if my son died before me.................

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6/27/19 8:49 A

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Sue, I have the same situation as you. My son died 8/19/15. His birthday is 9/3. It is still an extremely difficult time for me. However, I do work hard not to turn to food for comfort. That's so short lived. I'm thankful that I enjoy journaling. I write about my feelings, what I miss, etc. Also in counseling sessions that I went through, which helped tremendously, I was told to write a letter to him. Sometimes I do. Sounded 'odd' at first, but I talk to him in my head - why not write down my words.

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6/27/19 8:20 A

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DAY #84 BODY MEMORIES - ROUND 2

Doesn't look like many of us can relate to this lesson. Me either.

Our son died in March and his birthday is in September. These month's used to ALWAYS be so hard for me. I did have body memories. I would be sooo sad and depleted during these months and without even realizing it I would just let my healthy eating go by the wayside.

Now my faith in God has helped me find peace in his passing. Although I will never forget and I miss him terribly, I no longer find myself getting so depressed and turning to food for comfort.

Sue

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6/27/19 6:52 A

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I can't pinpoint a "Body Memory" either. But, I have been struggling with eating when I'm tired.

Ok, some ways to comfort instead of reaching for food:
Talk to a friend on the phone.
Enjoy a cup of hot tea with no caffeine or calories when it's not summer. (I hate it in summer.)
Set up something to look forward to doing, like getting together with a friend or doing something fun.

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6/27/19 4:21 A

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Day 84 Body memories

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.

I cannot really think of a memory that may tempt me to eat, like June I am sadly going for Self Saboutage too often and feel I am on a yo yo route losing and then putting back on (only by 6lbs or so)

• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.
As I said at this time I have not event to speak about.

• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.
Try to make food enjoyable at any calorific level.
Try to 'moderate' my eating, being aware of my 'difficulties' means I can 'deal with them'!
Try to keep enjoying the exercise I am doing.

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6/27/19 3:58 A

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Day 84 Body memories

Often, we don’t recognize we’re having a body memory. We just see the symptoms of overeating, not exercising and feeling out of sync. Learn to recognize when you’re having a body memory, then remind yourself to do extra nurturing and self-care to get through that challenging time.

Today

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.
• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.
• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.

Emotional eating is not an issue at the moment, I am more off track due to self-sabotage

• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.

N/A right now

• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.


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6/27/19 3:12 A

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I still can't think of anything that is an obvious date-related body-memory for me.

However, yesterday I was reflecting that out of the 7 other women on the team at work - 5 are obese, 2 are over-weight, and I am the only one who is a healthy weight. None of the men on the team are over-weight.

In talking to one of the over-weight women, she told me how she had been much bigger, and we shared how hard it is to keep the weight down - it goes back up so easily.

I recalled that my highest weight had been when I was pregnant - and I was only 140lbs at full-term. That led me to some reminiscing - and I have been larger twice before that. Once when I was about 18 yrs old - I lived on a tiny island with a fisherman 10 yrs older than me (oh, the things we do when we're young!) - I didn't have a mirror, and wore sloppy clothes - it was only when I bought clothes that I realised how much larger I'd become. I don't think that was a traumatic time - I can't remember how the relationship ended actually! What I do remember was that my mother was appalled by my size! I went to a slimming group to get it off again.

The second time was when my marriage broke down and I went back to that higher weight again. Eventually slimming it off.

So, my body does have a memory of being up to 30lbs heavier than I am now. And I often feel it would slide back up there very quickly if I lost my attention!

So, who knows? Perhaps when I dive into chocolate and chips my body is remembering the sadness of my failed relationships - who knows?


Gill

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9/21/18 5:38 A

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100 More DWL, Day 84 Body memories

Often, we don’t recognize we’re having a body memory. We just see the symptoms of overeating, not exercising and feeling out of sync. Learn to recognize when you’re having a body memory, then remind yourself to do extra nurturing and self-care to get through that challenging time.

Today

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.
• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.
• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.

After dinner last night I was HUNGRY. Later I realized that it was a 'body memory'. It took great restraint to refrain from eating after my last snack of watermelon. I didn't, but it was tough.

I finally realized that yesterday would have been my Mother's birthday. She's been gone 32 years but the memories will be with me the rest of my life. I have a hole in my heart for her and miss her terribly. I'm grateful she's not suffering anymore. Cancer was a painful way to go. I'm continuing to learn to feel the sadness and move forward.

Soothing myself with lotion helped. So did putting Ylang Ylang essential oil in my diffuser in the bedroom that has led lights that change color. That is very comforting and relaxing. I did some jigsaw puzzles online that distracted me. That also helped.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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I have two sisters who passed away in their 60s.....we talked everyday. It was very difficult adjusting to their deaths. I have one sister living and I would do anything for her and her family. She is a widow.
We always think there is another day to do the things we put off. I wish I had another day with my sisters, but I have great memories that really help.

One day at a time!


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9/9/18 10:27 A

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9/9/18 8:35 A

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Day #84 Body Memories

I agree that our bodies can tell us many things. Like right now. My stomach is growling and so I know my body needs fuel!

Again this lesson feels like a topic we have already discussed. I have mentioned the death of our son several years ago and how not only the month of his death, but also the month of his birth, finds me in a sort of funk. Knowing this I make sure I keep my stress levels low and keep my nurturing activities high to ward off possible depression. That is the emotional memory I feel. Can't say I recognize any body memories associated with it. At the time of his death I was grieving so deeply that eating was the last thing on my mind!

His birthday is coming up September 28. I will have to remember to keep an eye out for possible Body Memories.

Sue

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9/9/18 2:03 A

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I am not aware of any significant dates that hold body memories for me. It's more likely to be a situation that brings back a memory.

However, I will look out for this. I do have a 'listen to your body' quote on my computer.


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 9/9/2018 (12:44)
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Day 84 Body memories

Often, we don’t recognize we’re having a body memory. We just see the symptoms of overeating, not exercising and feeling out of sync. Learn to recognize when you’re having a body memory, then remind yourself to do extra nurturing and self-care to get through that challenging time.

Today

• Identify a place or situation when a body memory might affect you or tempt you to eat.
• Write about the event or loss that prompts a body memory. Allow yourself to feel sadness or other emotions this brings up.
• Make a short list of ways to comfort yourself instead of reaching for food to cope.

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