Thursday, January 12, 2012
I've been food journaling in a little book I keep on me everyday. Eating completely clean and 100% bites of the eat to live plan. Not sure I could have ever said that honestly before! With 4 kids I was always good at taking a bite here or there. This last year I ramped it up to eating non vegan things too! Plus finishing plates, started getting out of hand!
I'm so thankful a lightbulb went off and the momentum and my commitment is strong. It's my life, I'm taking it back and I'm finally seeing through the fog I've been in!
Writing helps, support helps more and our Facebook eat to live group that my sister in law started awhile back is booming with support!
Just wanted to say how thankful I am, looking forward to the next 3 more weeks, and never give up! Keep on keeping on!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
A good read: The Fat Trap.
"Another way that the body seems to fight weight loss is by altering the way the brain responds to food. Rosenbaum and his colleague Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist also at Columbia, used functional magnetic resonance imaging to track the brain patterns of people before and after weight loss while they looked at objects like grapes, Gummi Bears, chocolate, broccoli, cellphones and yo-yos. After weight loss, when the dieter looked at food, the scans showed a bigger response in the parts of the brain associated with reward and a lower response in the areas associated with control. This suggests that the body, in order to get back to its pre-diet weight, induces cravings by making the person feel more excited about food and giving him or her less willpower to resist a high-calorie treat."
"“After you’ve lost weight, your brain has a greater emotional response to food,” Rosenbaum says. “You want it more, but the areas of the brain involved in restraint are less active.” Combine that with a body that is now burning fewer calories than expected, he says, “and you’ve created the perfect storm for weight regain.” How long this state lasts isn’t known, but preliminary research at Columbia suggests that for as many as six years after weight loss, the body continues to defend the old, higher weight by burning off far fewer calories than would be expected. The problem could persist indefinitely. (The same phenomenon occurs when a thin person tries to drop about 10 percent of his or her body weight — the body defends the higher weight.) This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to lose weight and keep it off; it just means it’s really, really difficult."
"Rudolph Leibel, an obesity researcher at Columbia University in New York, says. “We don’t want to make them feel hopeless, but we do want to make them understand that they are trying to buck a biological system that is going to try to make it hard for them.”"
This read is helping me understand why its not just the fight to loose but the fight to keep it off. Encouraging to know its not just me and my lack of willpower but science going on. With knowledge I can fight this fight!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Just doing a ton of reading lately. Understanding where I went wrong with all the carbs, why all my "tries" failed, why its harder after you loose weight to keep it off than actually taking it off, why my body is in shock, etc. I'm happy to be informed this time instead of crying in a corner gaining more weight and not doing anything about it. I am encouraged to keep fighting this fight, for life! Silly to think I would be fine in 6 weeks, nope. But I am committed to the 6 week plan right now. On day 3 this morning of the eat to live plan. Feeling a little better already with the cravings of carbs and sugar, looking forward to week one behind me though. :)
Some changes I'm noting:
My face is clearing up from the breakout after sweets.
My eyes aren't puffy.
I am feeling less tired.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Well its been a hard run at this eating right and working out. I started out so well that I keep looking back and beating myself up at why I can't get back to there/ that way of thinking. I think I only did the 6 weeks Eat to Live a full 2 times and lost most of the weight and food addiction and then I got relaxed, ate some carbs, then some sugar, then slowly over the last 2 years my life has been struggling to keep it off to only slowly gain it back. I got down to 150 at one point and I'm now at 175. This is a low and a big blow for me, I know I will be back at 200 by 2013 if I don't start and finish this time. Over the last 2 years I've had SO so so many start overs, I get excited about being healthy, i jump back on the band wagon. At first I could stay on for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks, then a week, to now I can barely stay on for 1-2 days before going back to food addiction.
I'm struggling here mentally, I feel all alone in this but don't want to blame anyone but myself for slowly giving up.
Because of this I worry about "getting back at it", I worry I am just going to let myself down again! I've started SO many calendars over for it to stay on the fridge and stare at me. I know what I'm doing when I eat the bad things, but it still goes in my mouth.
I want to be rid of this addiction, I want to be healthy, I want to move forward, I want to move on, I want to live a happy life and not one in pain and sadness over this.
SO thats where I'm at right now.
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