Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oprah and Her Wagon

Did you watch the Oprah show yesterday? I have to give Oprah many props for being so open in front of millions of people with a subject that is so difficult to talk about. I completely understand where she is coming from, I've been there (am there) myself. Letting yourself down, wanting to hide and using food to soothe all the discomfort coming from outside and within. It is not a fun place to be but facing it head on is a really good place to start making changes.

I loved that she said that it's not a weight issue, but a love issue. This spoke right to my heart. I also totally identified when she said that it's not about the food, it's about abusing food for various reasons. One of my reasons for abusing food is the need for control. This is very typical for people with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia. There are times when life just gets away from you and when that happens to me, when it feels like it's spinning out of control, I turn to food. Getting the food, eating how much of it I want, when I want and how I want gives me that feeling of control back. One of the best tools I have in dealing with this issue is sticking to my routine because feeling out of control is something I don't work well with.

I know how hard it is for me to put myself first, I can't imagine how much Oprah has to give of herself to run a corporation, heck she is the corporation, she must have people in her face all the time. Her frank confessions also gave me a true look at how money can't really buy happiness. I wish Oprah the best in finding her balance.

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