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Food obsession/addiction?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I said this would be a reflective week, here's the journey so far...

At my heaviest, I always 'wanted' food and thought I was obsessed with it...  but now I'm not so sure.  (I was however obsessed with the scale at times - and have become okay with that too this time, as I now rely on clothing fit to provide me with feedback and weigh myself about every other week).

[Instead, I feel I had constant cravings attributable to being on the "insulin roller-coaster".   After I dropped the sugars and refined carbs from my diet - the cravings stopped.  I still love great tasting foods and now realize that taste doesn't have to come from sugars or fats.  I've even become okay being around those types of foods that I no longer eat and know that where ever I go (restaurants or travel), I will be able to find something to eat that is within my new dietary guidelines.  I have SMART goals, and am measuring progress, but I'm okay that my weight loss will slow as I get closer to a healthy weight range...]

However, having been at home with family and friends over the holidays, I've really had a chance to reflect more about food and other obsessions...  And perhaps because of my heightened awareness, I can see "potential obsessive/addictive behaviors" in friends and family members of various weight ranges and weight histories... 

Rhetorical - but for your consideration: 
-  If one achieves a "healthy weight" but are/or remain food, exercise, or scale obsessed are they really healthier?  Yes - but have they achieved "total health"?  Does it depend on if these behaviors/thoughts are interfering with other aspects of ones life?
-  What does self awareness of these behaviors signal?  Or lack there of?

Addictions/obsessions are very complicated topics.... I guess that's why there are whole areas of specialized medicine dedicated to these topics and why I noted the rhetorical nature of the questions above!

So as we work toward a healthier life, I wanted to encourage all of my friends here at Spark to be reflective on the above subject and ensure we are each focused on doing "all the work necessary" to truly become the healthiest version of ourselves that we can possibly be!

Here's to your continued and Total Health in 2012 and beyond....

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BLUE42DOWN 12/30/2011 1:56PM

    I know you said rhetorical, but ...

- If one achieves a "healthy weight" but are/or remain food, exercise, or scale obsessed are they really healthier? Yes - but have they achieved "total health"? Does it depend on if these behaviors/thoughts are interfering with other aspects of ones life?

I would say that yes, they are healthier. But if it REQUIRES the obsession to maintain, it's a fragile state and one that commonly leads to less than adequate attention elsewhere or collapse when some other obsession steps up. Balance and well-ingrained good habits is definitely healthiest.

The trick is to truly identify obsession. Being determined to get in XX minutes of cardio daily could be an obsession, a habit, a goal, or even externally mandated. To me an obsession is when something is given higher than rational importance.

Example: If my son broke his arm while I was doing a workout and I said we'll go to the hospital after I finish? That is obsessed. Instead, if my son broke his arm, I drop everything to get him to hospital, find out he's going into surgery and do a 30 minute workout in the waiting room? That's a good habit AND a rational ability to set priorities AND stay healthy doing so.

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GOURMETLOSER 12/29/2011 9:36PM

    I think there's a difference between being focussed and obsessed. Having said that I've been food obssessed most of my life and don't see that changing. What I see is somthing along the lines of AA where "once an addict, always an addict" The minute I relax I will relapse but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy life along the way. I need to learn to control the urges but they will most likely always be there. What I can't allow is for the urges to control me.

Happy New Year

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FITKAT62 12/29/2011 9:33PM

    It all depends on what you mean by obsessive! My husband refers to me as the diet police. I did not obsess while on vacation for three weeks and ended up gaining 6.6 pounds. I need to obsess a bit or I get off track. In fact not obsessing over my weight is what got me into trouble in the first place and I ended up with a fatty liver.

I guess it all depends on your personality!

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FELISHA-RENAE 12/29/2011 8:23PM

    This was eye opening! Often, when I diet I become obsessive toward the scale and food. Is this really healthy? You have given me something to think about. Thanks!

Best of wishes,

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Reflecting on the Holidays and looking toward 2012.....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Home, sweet home...  I survived the December holiday season with no weight gain and even hit a new low....

Being back home with family (and their dietary habits) for a week was very enlightening now that I'm focusing on a healthier lifestyle...  My mom eats like a bird, so she can eat anything she wants - but only has a few bites and remains rail thin.  Sister's in a mid-life crisis and appears be eating to fill the void - hurts to see her gaining when I'm loosing -especially since she worked so hard to get down to a healthy weight over the past few years.   Uncle is type2 insulin dependent who eats whatever he wants - just dials up the insulin to balance it...  Not a good role model!  Niece and nephew are in their teens, with eating habits as bad as any teenager - but metabolisms still high enough to keep them thin.  And daddy - bless his soul - I am my father's daughter!  He just loves food!  He focused, lost weight over the last several months and was pulled off a few meds - and is back to some of his old eating habits.  He knows he can't continue this - just needs to eat smaller quantities of real foods and stop the snacking - not the comfort foods we tend to seek as a family which are usually starch and sugar laden (pasta, bread, rice, desserts, chips and crackers) or he will end up going back on some meds.

The week was really just one big excuse for a food orgie - with everyone offering me bites of their favorites, but respecting my decision not to try various foods - because they had purchased me new smaller clothes as gifts and could see the weight loss...

Getting in 10k steps a day was a challenge too, again, I'm not a fan of the cold -and I intend to exceed my step goal today....

I really am looking forward to the new year...  This will be a very cleansing week physically and emotionally.  Time to be quiet and reflective, get the physical and emotional house in order:   what do I  really want related to my career, personal life/relationships, financial goals, physical, emotional, and spiritual health...

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GOURMETLOSER 12/28/2011 10:30PM

    Well done on Losing over Christmas.
I wish you well with your goal setting.

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SHERYLDS 12/28/2011 4:50AM

    Congrats on hitting a new low
And when 10k is a problem...turn on the music and dance.
Shake those calories off.

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FATHINSN 12/27/2011 6:59PM

    Wow, what a various diet you face in your family! I hope this doesn't affect your own diet, hope you still have healthy diet :D

That's great, people respect your choice of not trying foods AND they bought new smaller size clothes for you, that's like an acknowledgement :D

Good luck with 2012!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/27/2011 4:47PM

  I like the idea of a cleansing week. I hope everyone on Spark meets their goals in 2012.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

My remarks tonight echo that of so many of my Sparkley friends...

Great being with family.
Such a lovely day - cold, but long johns rock! - and fit well under jeans that are too big from weight loss!
Too much to eat - but still within a healthy range - all Paleo!
And... Looking forward to getting home.....

Best wishes for a safe, peaceful and reflective evening....

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'twas the night before Christmas breakfast...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

May you find the strength to follow your convictions.

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MIMMICA 12/25/2011 9:48AM

    Thank you! Have a fantastic day!

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays....

Eating more food than usual - but sticking to core diet rules and only a few hundred more calories than when home - but still in range!

Walking less than 10k steps a day most days - I really have a new respect for those of you in colder climates without tread mills who can still consistently log 10k plus steps a day!!! It's not easy to do....

Family has been very supportive of diet and exercise to the point that I'm going to cook Christmas day dinner - xmas eve will still be a "famil affair" with all the favorites and a few special nods to me with clean veggie options form sides. At the same time, I will be adding things to the Christmas day menu for people who choose to indulge that I personally will not be partaking of including bread, cheese and sour cream that can be added as desired.

I feel positIve, loved, and very cold!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

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SHERYLDS 12/24/2011 1:24PM

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Hope you make many wonderful memories this weekend that you will cherish forever.

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KPETSCHE 12/24/2011 6:55AM

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Great job on sticking in your calorie range - it's hard to do when not at home. Enjoy your family time and happy holidays to you also.

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