Posts Tagged ‘bad habits



17
Feb
09

Two more liberating secrets were confessed today. The fear of being unlovable and chocaholics.

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UPDATED ON 2/17/2009:  THERE ARE NOW 66  LIBERATING SECRETS ON THE PAGE

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Ok everyone.  The liberating page called Secret Confessions: Get Liberated!  is working out very well.  This is a special place to get those secrets about our journey that are sitting in the dark into the light so that we can  move towards health.  I really encourage you to use this page because it will help tremendously in difficult times.  There are specific instructions on how to leave an anonymous comment on the secret page itself.  Check it out

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

 

 

13
Feb
09

The secret page was updated today! Come and share your own secret!

UPDATED ON 2/13/2009:  THERE ARE NOW 63  LIBERATING SECRETS ON THE PAGE

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Ok everyone.  The liberating page called Secret Confessions: Get Liberated!  is working out very well.  This is a special place to get those secrets about our journey that are sitting in the dark into the light so that we can  move towards health.  I really encourage you to use this page because it will help tremendously in difficult times.  Here is an example from Secret Poster #59’s victory:

Secret Poster #59 reporting in.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I just told the other person we cannot talk anymore. They understood and respected me, and my wishes. For those of you that pray, please pray for me. I’m crying and didn’t realize just how hard this would be, but I know it is the right thing. I think that part of it being hard is that fact that you have to face that there is something wrong in your marriage. That’s the hardest part of all. This has been a long stressful day for me and I must tell you all I wanted to do was eat. I chewed on a big wad of gum all day and wanted to pig out at McDonald’s, but didn’t. I ended up at SUBWAY getting a foot long, only eating 6 inches and putting the other half away for work tomorrow, so in the midst of all this pain I still made healthy decisions. At least there’s a silver lining somewhere in all this. Anyway, good night. Thanks again for all the love and support. It really got me through this MAJOR temptation in my life.  I just wanted to thank everyone again for their support.  I was able to get to sleep right away and probably have the best night sleep in a long time.  I feel like a new person and like a ton of bricks has been lifted off my back.  Again, I appreciate everyone here and Jason I really appreciate all you do to help, encourage, and inspire us.  you are a true friend.

When you leave your secret comment, only the secret confession will show up on the page.  There are additional instructions if you want to leave a comment so that not even I know who you are.  I figured that this would help a lot of people realize that they are not alone.   Each day the Secret page is updated, I will change the information above and put this post at the top of the front page.  This will let everyone know that the page is being used.  Feel free to check it out.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

11
Feb
09

A natural cycle of the weight loss journey. Don’t panic!

My journey towards health has an unavoidable cycle.  I think it is a healthy cycle, but it is one that brings about panic sometimes.  Like most things in life, my journey ebbs and flows from one direction to the other.  The same thing happens in relationships.  You get really close, then drift a bit, then get close again.  It is the nature of finding balance in the different elements of my life.  So the cycle is a good thing.  It is a learning process.  The longer I succeed on the journey, the closer to balance I get, the closer to my dream I become.  Keep reading to find out more about this cycle and the fears related to it. Continue reading ‘A natural cycle of the weight loss journey. Don’t panic!’

04
Feb
09

Long road ahead? Simple ways to shorten the weight loss road!

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In the beginning, the road to my weight loss goal seemed impossibly loooooong.  In my minds eye, I saw it as a straight road that I could not see the end of.  It slowly climbed upward and yet it had hills and valleys throughout.  Looking back, maybe it was the Strolling Jim 40 mile course, HAHA, just kidding.  It was a hilly course though, very much so.  Here are a couple of pics for the fun of it

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Anyway, the road that I was about to start walking (weight loss journey road) seemed longer than imaginable.  The vast amount of weight that I needed to lose coupled with the large number of bad habits that had to be replaced was it’s own discouraging weight.  “Can I do this?” I asked myself.  In fact, I asked myself for years before I even got to the starting line.  Finally I was there at the start, 307.6 lbs.  I had a long way to go.

Now that I am at goal and able to look back, I realize that breaking up the journey into bite sized, achievable pieces was very valuable.  I think I would have lost heart had I not broken it up into smaller chunks.  I mean heck, I just about lost heart even with the smaller pieces.
So no matter how much weight you have to lose and no matter how many habits you feel you need to change, it is possible.  You will end up at goal if you just keep plugging along.  Here are a couple of ways that I broke my journey to goal into smaller pieces.
  • I made my weight loss goal 5 lbs.  I knew I had a lot to lose, but WW hands out these stars for every five pounds lost.  Those stars meant a lot to me and I made that my primary weight loss goal, collecting stars.  Just 5 more lbs, come on baby!
  • I set a small goal of increasing my activity by 5 minutes.  This doesn’t seem like much, but I couldn’t do much in the beginning.  Knowing that I could do 5 more minutes was really meaningful to me.  It slowly increased my fitness and I felt less threatened by it.  Kicking it up 30 minutes may have discouraged me.
  • I made it a goal to slowly add more veggies and healthy food.  In the beginning, I ate more “junky” food.  I thank God for that because it allowed me to not feel deprived in my journey.  As I began to like healthier things, I added them in.  I did not just make a huge change and start eating all perfectly healthy and clean.  I did stay in my points, but you get what I mean.  I had done the drastic changes before and hated the deprivation that I felt.
  • I made it a goal to slowly become more accountable and talk about my weight loss journey and what it meant to me.  I figured from the start that I would have to come clean and talk about the travels down the long road.  I just couldn’t come clean all at once.  Slowly but surely I shared a little more at my WW meetings and with my family.

Breaking up that loooooooooooooong road to goal was so important to my success I think.  It can really be such an unbearable weight to have to make life changes like this.  It is so possible by putting one foot in front of the other minute by minute, day by day.  Now my life is totally different.  It is funny though, because now that I hit goal, I still see a long road in front of me. HAHA (Maintenance)

31
Jan
09

Tired and vulnerable: After work eating antics

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Pic from musiccitybowl.com rib eating contest

 

 

There are times when I have a crazy day at work.  I leave work feeling exhausted with a sense of entitlement.  That sense of entitlement tells me that “I deserve to eat whatever I want when I get home.  I worked hard, I want to relax with my friend (food).  I am worth it.”   It’s not  always a conscious thought, sometimes it is just sitting in the back of my mind and I almost don’t notice it.  But then, when I least expect, my resolve flies out the window and I go for it.  It doesn’ t happen all the time, but it does happen.

I am learning to remember this scenario on my way home so that I can assess it and stop the steam train before it starts to pick up speed.  After all, it is only going to take 5 minutes for me to blow my points, it is not even going to be very satisfying, it might bring a gain at the scale, and I will feel guilty for a couple of hours.
So now when that sense of entitlement says, “I am worth it,”  I agree and tell it right back that since I am worth it, I am going to take care of myself, live longer, live happier, and stay thin.  That IS worth it.
 
Everyone has crazy days at work.  Do you ever let your weight loss guard down when you get home from work?  Take the poll.
29
Jan
09

5 ways to fight off fat paranoia!

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Fat person paranoia.  Oh yes, those dreaded thoughts of anguish that people are looking at us and  our extra weight in horror.  Those crazy thoughts that we all have (I still have them).  The ones where we seem to think that others notice the tiniest details of our chunkiness.  I was reminded of this by a friend who is on this journey with us.  Here is what jogged my memory:

“Ya know, I was always afraid of talking to “in shape” looking people, especially men. Fat my whole life, I figured they all made fun of me, or looked down at me, or felt sorry for me. Part of my fat person mentality is definitely that all skinny people think negatively of me. I appreciate and applaud you for sharing your story. If I saw you on the street, I never would have thought you’ve gone on the journey that you have through your life.”

So here are 5 simple ways to fight off this ugly beast.

  1. Remember all of the people who love/loved you the “weigh” you were before.  You are a special person who is worth the effort and the love of others.
  2. Focus on and be proud of the hard work that you are doing.  If you are not doing the work yet and you are just walking to the starting line, let this be a fire under your rear to help get you motivated.
  3. Remember that they are just people, albeit skinny people.  They have there own fears.  They are probably having the same paranioa as you.  I am skinny now and I think that way sometimes, but I guess I still have a “fat mind”.
  4. Realize that they could have lost weight themselves and have the “fat mind” at work in their lives as we speak.
  5. Take it to heart that you are the captian of your own ship and you are going to make a huge difference in your life.  This is the “I don’t give a darn what you think, even though you are not thinking it, I just think you are thinking it!”  How’s that for a simple remedy.

Bonus:  There is a thing called the looking glass self.  Teens have it to the max.  They feel that everyone is focused on them all the time.  The truth is, no matter how big we are or how ugly we look, for the most part people just care about themselves when you’re out there in the public.  They have things to do, places to go, and work to get done.

Hope this helps a little with your paranoia.  It is all too real to me.  I have felt like the wonderful woman who posted the comment a million times.  Be blessed and have a great day.

27
Jan
09

I can see it in your eyes-do you see it in mine

eye-001I thought of this post while I was doing my long run a couple of weeks ago.  I think this every time I go running to my favorite park.  There are always a lot of people exercising on this park’s trail.  A lot of people who are just starting their journey go here to get their activity in because it is so beautiful. This is a very different post than normal but it is still on topic.  It is the conversation I have in my mind with the over weight person who I pass as we cross each others path and make eye contact.  So here it goes.

Hey, isn’t it great that us fat people are out here getting it done (I am looking jolly at this moment)Why won’t you look at me?  We are out here doing the same thing for the same reason.  We are both overweight and think we a fat.  Oh yeah, I am not fat anymore.  Maybe that’s why you don’t really want to make eye contact with me.  You try, but you turn away so fast.  I feel bad because you look embarrassed when you don’t need to.  I know how you feel though.  It is funny since you have no idea that I have lost 130 lbs and used to be even bigger than you are.  I wish I could make you understand.  I wish I could stop you and tell you not to be shy and ashamed, but to be proud.  I am proud of you.  You are out here.  I know it is hard and it might even be hurting right now, but you are moving.  Great job.   Soon, you will be like me.  You will be the one that people think have always been thin and for that reason they think that you think they are fat and gross.  But you won’t think like that right?  You will remember what I see in your eyes right at this very moment where we glimpse at each other.  I hope you can remember and have compassion when you reach your goal.  Right now, you have sadness in your eyes.  That heaviness that is present when you look at the vast amount of weight you are trying to lose.  I see that you are afraid of what I think and afraid that you are not doing enough.  I think you are doing fine.  Please don’t look at me with that look of, “Don’t look at me buddy.  You have never been fat.  You don’t understand.”  I do understand, can’t you see it in my eyes.

This is how it is so many times when I run by face to face with people on that trail.  I know the look in their eye because I had that look in my eye before too.  I only hope that they can see the compassion and understanding in mine.

I can see it in your eyes, but can you see it in mine?

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20
Jan
09

Same journey, modified goals!

Caped MaxAs you know, I gave up yesterday.  I quit and I am proud of it.  Well, lets hope that stopping the chew will be a success.  I did good with it yesterday and today is going well so far.  I ate really good yesterday too and I also had a fun talk-walk with my sister for around 40 minutes.  I always enjoy talk-walks because they are just plain old rejuvenating to me.  We all need some rejuvenation at times.  It was cold and dark outside but being in the elements brings about a sense of living that the gym just can’t produce. 

The only thing hard yesterday with food is that my sister is a pro. caterer.  She has these bread chips that are so yummy.  I had 1 chip and left the rest alone.  They are sitting in the garage so when I walk into her house I go right by them.  It is kind of like the movies where they show a person walking buy slowly looking to the side.  The night went well, blogging was great yesterday and I hope that you guys got some good info. today.  The guest posts were very informative for me so I was pleased to put them up.  Very nice people Coach Dean and Natasha.  Have a great rest of the day everyone.

19
Jan
09

I’m giving up, again!

scared-face-002I am giving up you guys.  I cannot take it anymore.  I will never do this again.  I hope.  There is one small,  really unhealthy habit that I keep going back to and I want to stop.  I was never going to talk about it because it is not about weight loss but it is about health and it is part of my journey.  I hate it and I want it to go away.  I am quitting my use of smokeless tobacco.  I have done it before and not been real successful.  Maybe that is because it was kept in the dark.  So today I bring it into the light.  Healing happens when we walk in the light of truth.  I am choosing to walk in that light today.  Sorry if it grosses some of you out, but I felt it important to get out.  I had just recently quit for a while but I just kept listening to the lies of why I should buy more.Quitting the chew  Here is a pic of the evil stuff.  My plan is to stop using it forever.  It so does not coincide with the rest of my life and health goals.  And plus, I have lost this weight and am looking pretty decent.  The last thing I need to do is mess my jaw and face all  up let alone dying young and leaving my wife early.  So there it is!

19
Jan
09

Warning! Food is more than just nutrition

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There may be an aspect of the weight loss journey that you forgot about.  Food to many of us, if not all of us, is so much more than just simple intake of nutrition.   We are all attached to food.  For me, Doritos chips conjure up feelings and memories of my childhood sitting on the couch watching Revenge of the Nerds.  Oh what fond memories.  Yeah, it made me fat, but the memories are pleasant.  Why?  Because the food made me feel better.  We all have these special memories.

We often think that when we get to the starting line of our weight loss journey, we just need to eat good and exercise.  Only we find out very soon that we have emotions attached to our eating.  What and the heck do we do when we can’t or don’t want to take our medication (food) anymore.  We need new medication.

What kind of new medication can we use to replace our old medication.  I think it is important to replace the old with something new.  If we don’t, we are in danger of not keeping the weight off.  This journey is more than just losing fat, it is about changing our lives and moving towards total health.  Here are a couple of my little suggestions with links to a couple of relevant articles.

  • Talking with others about our emotional journey.  This is weird for many, but not talking about it isolates us.  If you never talk about how you feel about food and your journey, you are likely to feel like you are the only one.  Just knowing that so many others feel like you is healing.
  • Exercise is a great emotional outlet.  It is a proven way to help depression.  It is also a good new medication in moderation.
  • Accountability will help us work through the baggage of our eating.  When you want to eat the whole pie, talk to someone, they will help you through it.  Just like you guys helped me through it.
  • Counseling and groups.  Many many people resist counseling, but it is not so bad.  It gives you an outlet to talk about your junk to someone who can see it for what it really is from the outside.  If this doesn’t work for you, try a group setting.  Run4change is a group setting.  Weight watchers is a group setting.  Blogging in general is like a group counseling session. You catch my drift.  Gathering around like minded people on the same journey is healing.

Hopefully these couple of little ideas can help us work through the inside journey while we are working on the outside.  Here are a couple of articles that may also help us:

Weight loss via emotional healing.  Don’t listen to the “DETOX” part of this article.  Detox is usually a fad perspective that is short lived, but this article has some insight though it is not perfect.

Emotional eating.  This is a better article than the previously mentioned one and should be pretty helpful.

16
Jan
09

Dealing with friends and family who are not on the journey: Q&A

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Although we are on this journey towards health, we have to come out of our little cocoon sometimes.  Friends and family invite us over or invite us out for a fun evening.  What do we do?  How do we live out our journey when we are with those who are not on the journey themselves.  That is the question I received during this last Q&A session.  Here is the question:

“How do you tell your friends or family when they think they are doing the right thing, but they aren’t really?  Let me explain…. How do you (and other people) make your friends and family understand the new way you eat?  I can’t get it through to them, and I find myself turning down invitations.”

This is an awesome question and I am sure that every person that is on the weight loss and health journey has to answer it at some  point.  Here is my answer and the answer of another wonderful blogger. Continue reading ‘Dealing with friends and family who are not on the journey: Q&A’

15
Jan
09

weight loss lies: I lie to myself about food

I have to admit it.  I lie about food.  No, I don’t lie to you, or my wife, or my family about food.  I lie to myself about food.  I walk by my pantry and grab a small handful of my wife’s special “healthy nuts”.  These nuts that have all the good fat in them.  The moment they touch my lips the lie is born.  What is the lie you ask?  I tell myself that the nuts didn’t count.  I tell myself that there wasn’t enough nuts to make a difference in my points or weight loss goals. 

Another way that I lie is I will grab a HUUUUUGE potato, look in my WW book to find the points value, see “small potato=xxx”, and then I am like “Cool, my potato is on the medium to small side, so it is only xxx points.”  These lies don’t hurt anyone other than me.  When I hit the scale for a weigh in and I don’t do that great, do I have a right to be disappointed when I have been lying to myself all week. I don’t think so.

It is so important to just be honest.  So what!!  I ate some healthy nuts.  I go over my points, not a huge deal.  The huge deal comes when you want to maintain a weight loss and you have no “real” information to base your points adjustments on.  I might lower my points because I gained and then I feel hungry all the time.  Why?  Because I never needed to lower my points because I never actual ate the amount of points that I tell myself that I ate.  Does this make any sense at all?

09
Jan
09

Go home strong and healthy tonight with these 3 tips

strong-and-healthyDo you worry that your crazy day at work might have just put you over the edge enough for you to say “screw my weight loss program”.   Well that is how I feel today a little.  Not overly bad,  but my wife won’t be home and I am feeling tired.  Lonely and tired, good reasons for the “fat mind” to try and take control.  We don’t have to let it though.  So although in the back of my mind this big fat guy is saying, “No one will be at home.  Eat whatever you want.  You deserve it!”; I am going to be able to withstand because of a few small things I did prior.  We can all try these things it they may just give us that little edge we need to hold on when our resolve is down.  Here they are;

  1. I ate every two hours today.  I only had two large carrots left towards the end, but I still ate.  This keeps you in a safe realm of hunger.  I do this everyday and it helps.
  2. I have made a plan to at least do some exercise when I get home even though today is my “day off” from running.  This will burn some lonely time up and it will make me feel stronger with my plan.
  3. I have already decided what I am going to eat as soon as I get home in order to stay on track.  I will eat some pickles right away and this will fight off any lingering hunger from the last two hours.

That’s it for this little post.  I was struggling and I wanted to think of why I was going to make the right choices tonight.  Well, now you get to read my thoughts.  See ya later.

06
Jan
09

Here’s a quick way to stop eating food you don’t want to eat!

Caped MaxI have an extreme story from an extreme guy (me).  You wouldn’t believe what I did last night; well maybe you would believe it.  I am probably not the only one who has done this.  Last night everything was going  just great.  I got the run in that I was hoping to do on Sunday.  I ran for 2 hours and got 18 activity points for it.  This gave me liberty on my eating for sure, but I didn’t want to take advantage of them because I would like to lose about 10 lbs before my May Strolling Jim 40 Miler.  I get home, have a nice dinner (chicken, potatoes, veggies, and three sugar-free Popsicles) amount to 6 points.  As I was looking in the pantry for my popcorn, I saw some biscotti from Starbucks.  I ate one, 4 points.  I hang out with  my wife for a little while and head back over to the pantry.  I ate another 1/2, two points.

Then I took the box and threw them in the garbage.  Here is the extreme story.  Did putting them in the garbage stop me you ask?  NO.  I actually went back to the garbage and got the other half because it was still in the wrapper.  Now this is embarrassing, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.  After that, I took each one from its wrapper, crushed it into small pieces and then put it back into the garbage.  Now that stopped the little episode.  I didn’t feel to bad about this, for this is normal for me.  I need to render things useless if I want to make sure that it won’t be a temptation anymore.  It is not that the biscotti was an “illegal” food, but I just didn’t want to waste points on such a small, non-filling treat that I don’t even really like.  Anyway, no big disaster, just thought I would share a funny and weird story.

Anybody else ever do this?  Here’s a couple more tips.

04
Jan
09

Do you make these mistakes?

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Sometimes we just say “screw it”! The mistakes we make during our weight loss journey can really beat us up.  It is easy to leave a restaurant feeling like a failure.  I know because I did it yesterday. So what are these mistakes and how do we improve after making them.

  1. Sometimes we just say “screw” it!  This is a mistake we really never have to make.  We never have to stop counting what we eat.  Even if we falter big time, we can still count, write down, and keep track of what we eat and learn from it.  You can improve on this weight loss mistake by carrying a small note pad with you to jot down what you ate while you were away.  Also, jot down how you might have been feeling when you said, “screw it”.  This will help you prepare for future events.
  2. We wait to long between our snacks/meals!  This is a huge mistake.  If you wait too long between meals, you are going to be unnecessarily hungry.  When you are ravenous, you are not wanting to eat fruits and veggies but rather fast junk like cookies, chips, and other trigger foods.  Once it is too late, you try to tame that wild hunger and get stuffed and probably don’t count it.  Improve on this by being prepared with snacks on hand.  Fruit, low cal. bars, lots of water, and anything healthy thing that will get you by and keep your hunger level even.  I eat every 1.5-2 hrs on most days.
  3. We don’t plan!  Going out on a date, to a movie, visiting friends, or going to an office party? YOU NEED TO PLAN.   If you don’t plan you are likely to just say “screw it”, let yourself get to hungry, and feel like crap for not doing good on your program.  You can improve on this by taking just 5 minutes to make a mental picture of what you are going to do in the circumstance before you leave.  To take it a step further, write down your plan before you leave and check out the menu’s on-line of the restaurant you’re going to .

Just so you know, I make these mistakes too.  Actually, I made all of them yesterday.  I went skiing with my wife, didn’t eat for many hours, and guess what happened.  Well, I said “screw it” for only 13 minutes out of 24 hours and the pictures show the damage :).  I didn’t eat it all by myself.  I shared it with my wife.  I didn’t count it at the time, but today I am going to go ahead and back track to get it all down on paper to deal with the damage right up front.

 

Ski food after

01
Jan
09

Q&A post 3: Over coming obstacles to weight loss!

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I like the deep questions.  Thank you for your help in making this Q&A post so interesting and exciting.  I got your question and will do my best to answer it.  Your question was:

“I was wondering what obstacles did you face during your weight loss/exercise journey and how did you overcome them?

Fantastic question.  I had many obstacles, as do we all, that I had to overcome during my journey.  Many of the obstacles I am still trying to tackle.  Sometimes obstacles keep coming back and sometimes you beat them up and they are gone forever.  I am going to list my major obstacles and how I dealt/deal with them in a straight forward format.

  • Fear–  I was so afraid to start my journey because I feared I would fail.  I overcame this by having a partner in the opening battle.  That partner was my sister.  Shoot, we were both scared I guess, but we stepped out anyway. I hated the way I looked and feared I would always be that way more than I feard the journey.
  • Change-I don’t like change much and if I was going to lose weight and keep it off I had to face the fact that I needed to change.  There was no way around it.  I overcame this by making a decision to be uncomfortable in order to attain my weight loss goals.  It was uncomfortable but I made it through.
  •  Hunger- Oh yeah, now we’re gettin’ down to business.  On WW you never have to be hungry, but when you’re used to eating 12 pieces of pizza and now you are eating 2; come on now.  Two pieces maybe brought fullness, but I wanted to be stuffed.  I overcame this with veggies.  On WW veggies are free.  I would eat them right when I got home because I would be so hungry at this time.  I ate salsa and pickles all the time.  If I wanted to feel more full, I would just eat more veggies.  I also always ate a lot of veggies before I went out to eat.  Potatoes are pretty good at this too, they have points but the fill me up.
  • 3 month point- I always quit all my diets at this point.  I was scared that I would do it again so I planned ahead of time.  I announced the great victory of surpassing 3 months to my WW group.  I planned on making it a special thing with my wife too.  I made a HUGE deal out of going just one day beyond three months.  This kept me going.
  • Emotional eating– I have always tried to medicate myself with emotional eating.  I constantly fight with this obstacle.  I thought I should talk about an obstacle that I still battle with.  I don’t just want to eat when I am sad either.  Any emotion that is more intense than normal brings on the urge to eat.  I overcome this on a case-by-case basis by stopping and thinking about what I am about to do.  I tell myself that the food probably won’t be that good anyway, I will feel guilty 5 minutes later, and it just might start that cycle that takes me all the way back to 307.6 lbs.  This usually does it, I don’t do it.  Not everytime though.
29
Dec
08

You can’t escape

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No matter how much you eat or drink, you can’t escape.  In a moment of  weakness some time ago, I saw a picture in my mind that really made it clear to me that I can’t escape my problems by eating or drinking.  It was a person escaping from their problems by eating/drinking.  They floated up and away from their problem situation peacefully, but as soon as the emotional eating episode was finished, they just dropped right back down into the same difficult situation.  They hadn’t even moved an inch.  The problems and the emotions were still there.  NO GROWTH.

We think we escape, but we actually just step away for a moment and then when we come back we realize that our eating never changed anything.  On top of that, we now feel guilty for eating like that.

I am choosing to not using eating as a medication anymore.  I want to grow, grow beyond where I am today.  Life is so much healthier when you don’t try to escape anymore.  You just face it (that is VERY hard sometimes), walk through the fire, and on the other side you are refined by the fire.  I thank God for His help on this one.

For some simple steps on how to reduce the impact of emotional eating on your life today, keep reading…..

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28
Dec
08

I’m not the only food addict: FUNNY

Max in the dishwasher

Max, the other food addict in our home, searches out food with the highest degree of intensity.  Max and I have actually fought over food that fell on the kitchen floor a couple times.  I usually win so I probably have more of a problem 🙂  Here he is trying to eat the food off of dirty dishes and the bottom of the dish washer.  I haven’t gone that low before, so maybe his problem is worse 🙂

27
Dec
08

Back in action. Doing good with my weight loss lifestyle

Mile 37Do I look tired?  Well, I was.  This is mile 37 of 50 at the White River 50 mile Championships.  I feel the same way right now, tired. Tired of not having my weight loss plan organized.  Tired of tasting this or that, nibble on those No-No’s, toeing the line and not counting the points.  That is a good thing though.  I feel refreshed and ready for action again.  I am moving on.  That was then and this is now.  I feel great today.  I did great yesterday during the war with the pizza.  I kept within my daily points perfectly.  My sister and I are going to a Tuesday meeting since ours is canceled “AGAIN” on Wednesday.  This is a big victory in itself.  I always make the excuse that other meetings are not “MY” meeting.  Who cares about that.  I have to go.  I want to go.

Also, I have read many blogs in the past couple of days.  Many of which are regular visitors here.  There is a common theme, which is normal this time of year, the theme is “Oh my gosh.  I have drifted away from the road to health a little bit.  I need/I want to get back on track. I don’t like how I look. I don’t like how I feel, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE.  Hey, it’s the end of the year.  We are looking forward to a fresh start even if we are in the middle of our journey.  It’s OK.  We’re moving on towards our goals.  We are going to make great changes to our bodies this coming year.  DON’T GET TO NEGATIVE & DON’T GIVE UP.  We have a wonderful opportunity to get what we want.  We are positioned perfectly.  Good job everyone.  Oh ya, good job me too.

25
Dec
08

Merry Christmas Everyone: Stay away from the cookie jar!!

cookie jar alarmMerry Christmas Everyone.  Just a short post on this wonderful holiday.  I have a white Christmas here.  Haven’t had one of these in a long long time.  As we all know, cookies are everywhere right now.  They are sitting on the counter, in the oven,on the kitchen table, next to the lazy boy chair, in our hands, and in our mouths.

I recommend that everyone buys a cookie jar like this one.  No secret cookie  munching with this little guy in the house.  My family does a $10 gift exchange every Christmas.  This cookie jar has been re-gifted every year for 5 years now I think.  Nobody likes it but at the same time everyone loves it.  It is becoming a tradition.  This year, the recipient actually hid the guy in my shower before they left.

The coolest part about this little guy is what he says.  This is also the reason why I recommend him for all who want to leave the cookies alone this holiday season.  I think we got him at wal-mart.  The police office gives specific instructions when he is opened up.

STOP!!  STEP AWAY FROM THE COOKIE JAR!!

And then we all laugh for the thousandth time. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA