Is reaching out for a Nutella jar the same thing as reaching out for a bottle of Vodka?

I know opening up a jar of Nutella alone in the dining room is not healthy… neither is adding 3 spoons of sugar to my coffee. Food is still on my mind longer than I would like it to be.

I need loving action and loving discipline to rule my life, not food… or action around food. Currently I’ve been very stressed at work, not sleeping well, not going to the gym, eating out, dining out, so my habits have been all over the place. I do try to fit vegetables in, and tea instead of coffee but I keep sneaking sugar, chocolate, alcohol and coffee more than I would need in order to reach a healthier lifestyle.

But I am trying every single day, and the process isn’t perfect, nor will it ever be.

This post is to remind me that beating myself up about eating more than I need to will not get me anywhere: loving myself will, respecting myself will, being grateful for myself will, celebrating my successes will and TAKING action will.

I wanted to do this post for a while now but was kind of ashamed of showing myself off like this. But, this blog is not only to inspire other people but to inspire myself too.

I am posting pictures of the progress I’ve had throughout a year. I didn’t do any diets nor did I focus on eating less or on counting calories. I simply worked on loving myself more, on exercising regularly and enjoying my food and my body. I got into weightlifting and tried not to miss gym sessions (against my mind’s will, many times).

I didn’t weigh myself or anything, I only focused on my progress pictures. I am inspired by this progress. I hope you are too.

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Will you help me hold myself accountable?

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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19 thoughts on “Is reaching out for a Nutella jar the same thing as reaching out for a bottle of Vodka?

    • I am sooo happy to read this!!!!!! Especially because I wanna inspire people, that inspires me! Yes, self love can do wonders and even though yesterday night before writing the post I did eat spoonfuls of nutella, today I chose to eat healthily because after the binge I fed myself some love. Reacting after a setback is what defines if you will have another one, or if you will pick yourself up stronger πŸ™‚
      We’re in this together!

  1. It’s not about being perfect all the time. Life wouldn’t be much fun without chocolate / cheese / wine (insert treat of choice here)
    I’m glad to see how much you’ve improved though!
    And nice ass by the way πŸ˜‰
    Take care

  2. so proud of you! and proud of you for being vulnerable. ummmmm YES NUTELLA reaching is the same as reaching for alcohol lol. i quit alcohol 7 months ago and since then i have replaced that form of sugar with actual sugar and was struggling with that…..i just finished my juice cleanse and hoping to turn things around from here

    • Oh, my love affair with sugar goes way back haha but yes, I think it is an unhealthy addiction! and, it is all emotional. I know, being vulnerable is scary but it is also exciting if people are relating or being inspired πŸ™‚
      Juice cleanse sounds interesting! And, question: has yoga helped to focus your energy on other things better than… let’s say nutella cravings?

  3. Erika it was very brave from you to show the pictures!! I am glad you did because I know how difficult for you has been all these years. I really recongnize your effort and the improvement you have had without any nutritionist or psychologist but your readers that inspire you everytime you write.

  4. I like how you said you need loving action and loving discipline to rule you. I couldn’t have worded it better myself. I personally also struggle with “loving discipline” or just discipline in general. I make plans and don’t follow through and make myself feel rotten in the process. Why?

    I love your posts. They are always so insightful and reflective. You will get through this and find your balance again, I can feel it. I have faith in you!! ❀ Have a great day lovely lady!!! ❀

    • I think the key is acting and committing towards our goals and stop beating ourselves down if we don’t do what we say we will do, but try again and again and again!
      Thank you, as always you are a delight to read. Thank you Kay my dear. Love you tons.

  5. I am definitely inspired! And I am SO proud of you for focusing on being kind and supportive of yourself and the process. That is awesome. Thanks so much Erika, you are a gem. And getting lovelier as time passes, and shining with your incredible inner beauty.
    Happy hugs, Gina
    PS – I agree on the title. As one who released booze, not a day passes that I don’t say to myself “I’m SO happy to be a non-drinker!” It can be done, we can heal, and you are doing it. Hooray!

    • Your comments melt my heart, Gina! And reading that I inspire you is so meaningful and amazing cause I am inspired by YOU all the time!!
      Yes, I am finally healing and I love it! Thanks for being here and thanks for this amazing comment. Comments such as yours keep me going!!!
      Lots of love to you πŸ™‚

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