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Disordered Thinking

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Jennifer

    I’m so guilty of disordered thinking and although I know better, sometimes my mind slips into that “dark place.” I think the best thing is to recognize it and think of the positives and the accomplishments. You’ve done so well conquering those bad thoughts and pushing yourself forward. I hope I can follow in your footsteps!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree. Once the slip sliding starts, it’s hard to get out of it. I think recognizing accomplishments is a great way to bring us back to the positive side.

  2. Courtney

    I think we all have those rough days. I am thankful that I also have some really awesome body days. In all honesty, our minds are evil little bastards.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, they are. Evil little bastards! Luckily those days don’t turn into weeks and months.

  3. Lori

    Yep. Guilty. I’m just beginning yet again on a weight loss journey. It feels so daunting. I weigh 100# more than I did when I got married 21 years ago. It doesn’t seem possible. But there it is in every photo and in the clothes I can’t wear anymore.

    I can definitely relate to ‘feeling fat.’

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good for you! I’m glad you’re determined to lose the weight. It IS possible. Don’t get discouraged.

  4. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Great post. I have come a long way with disordered thinking. There was a time when it was pretty bad (in hindsight, of course. At the time, I had myself convinced otherwise). Things are sooo much better now, with the help of my husband, parents and friends. Not that I’m perfect, but I lead such a healthier and happier lifestyle now, that I’m capable of nipping any disordered thinking in the bud right away.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great to hear, Michelle. Do you have any specific tips for what helped you turn it around?

  5. Carbzilla

    I bounce between obsession and denial. For now I’ve put the scale away, which I think will be helpful. Total aside, foundation garments are awesome for making your figure look more the way you want it to – Spanx wouldn’t be so popular if they didn’t work. I know it’s a quick fix but why not explore it if you can. (I know, they’re pricey but worth it)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good point. Maybe I should invest in some spanx if only for some mental health!

  6. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    Thank you so much for this thoughtful post. I really think this is something that every person struggles with in one manifestation or another…which is what makes it so tricky!

    When having thoughts like, “You look fat” or “You’ll never be able to do that,” it helps to ask myself, “Would you say that to a stranger?” If the answer is “no,” then I’m not allowed to say it to myself, either.

    My husband had to sit me down a few days ago and *literally* repeated what I had just said: “I only work out six times per week, but I’m still so tired.” Sometimes hearing it from the mouth of another makes you realize just how disordered it is.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That was nice of your husband to do that. Michael will sometimes do something similar when we are having communication issues. He’ll ask “what did you HEAR me say?” And often times I hear something (ie interpret) different. I think that can happen with our own brains. We start to pick apart our bodies in the mirror when what we see isn’t really there.

  7. Sarah

    This is an excellent post! Learning to manage the negative thought patterns is one of the hardest, but most rewarding aspects of the weight loss and maintenance cycles.

    Thanks for writing this Lisa. 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Sarah! I’m glad you could relate to it. And you are right, it is often the hardest part to master after losing such a big amount of weight.

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