I'm happy with every part of my life. Except...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Let me start by saying that for 25 days out of 30, I'm a very positive, happy person. Let's not talk about the other 5.

I started this with the statement about being happy because I think it really influences my weight loss. By that, I mean it works against my weight loss. I'm pretty thankful and just tickled by the life I've been given and I celebrate that happiness. With food. And that's a problem.

Eating is so completely tied to happiness (and wealth but that's another post for another day) in my mind that the thought of not going out to eat or passing up a special occasion makes me feel sad. Almost physically sad.

I've lost weight before, but I really develop an on diet/off diet mentality. I cannot seem to stick to a diet (or eating plan, whatever). I picked up a copy of Intuitive Eating and I get it. I'm just afraid that my food issues are a little more severe than the average person who needs to lose 25 lb and the ideas of Intuitive Eating might not get me there. I'm also in mental health field, and there's a lot of Mindfulness approaches to eating. I get that too. But really, I think that eating 1 raisin for 1 minute and taking an hour to eat each meal and totally, totally focusing on each bite is a little beyond what I have capacity for right now.

So what can I do? Right now? I can focus on eliminating mindless eating. I may not be able to give each and every bite my full attention, but I can pay attention to the fact that I'm eating. Sit down. Close my office door and turn off my computer during lunch.
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    Intuitive Eating ... is that like the Instinct Diet? I just read that one and enjoyed it. Also recently read one called The End of Overeating (at least I think that's the name), which was an eye-opener. Lots of us out there dealing w/mindless eating. Hope you find something that works for you. :)
    2170 days ago
    I am hearing what you are saying - I haven't read that book, but I will go look at it. Most things I have read about emotional eating seems to focus on when you are upset or feeling unpleasant - but my worst time is when I am having fun. Food is a social beast for me, I eat, I drink, I have fun, and I do not even realize I am doing it. But then I always beat myself up after the fact.

    If we are not aware of what we are doing we will never learn why we are doing it. I think the real key is awareness, if we are not aware of what we are doing, we cannot change it.

    Seems like your awareness will bring you closer to the answers. Hang in there. Do something nice for yourself today - you deserve it.
    2189 days ago
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