Friday, June 24, 2011
Well, it's been an interesting month, to say the least...
I spent the first half of the month reading up on OA, as I mentioned in my previous blog. There are no local "face-to-face" meetings in my area, but I did attend several online meetings, as well as one phone meeting (which is kinda strange, I must say). I think it's an awesome organization and I highly recommend it to those who truly need it and for whom it will work, but I don't think it's a "right fit" for me. OA believes in "abstinence" from certain foods, and I know from past history that if I create "off-limit foods", I just end up craving them even more!
I do still believe that I'm a food addict, but I think the more important thing for me is to recognize "why" I'm turning to the food rather than trying to abstain from it. So, I took a very in-depth look at myself, and I think that I finally figured out what the heck has been going on these past couple of months.
As most of you probably know, my son took off for Florida in May to start his college internship program at DisneyWorld. I've been quite impressed w/ myself that I never "broke down" after he left... in fact, I "thought" that I was handling the situation quite well. But I've come to the revelation that I've been subduing my feelings of depression by mindlessly eating! So, I think that dealing with the actual issue instead of "feeding" it will be alot more helpful to me in the long run.
So... now I've been able to actually get back in control of what I'm doing... I'm staying within my calorie range and meeting my nutritional guidelines. I'm drinking my water (and plenty of it)... and I've stopped drinking my diet pop again. I've had 5 consistent days... and I'm trying to see how long I can keep this streak up.
Yesterday was the first day I introduced exercise back into my daily routine too. I got in 30 minutes, and plan to continue to do that every day.
Lookin' forward to having some "positive results" to report at the end of this month!