Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In my last blog I confessed to having lost just over 130 pounds and regaining 100 of it - all within a matter of months. This is what I've learned from the experience:
*if you under eat for months on end your body is going to rebel at some point and demand to be fed. you are probably going to want to eat A LOT
*over 2 hours of cardio every day (with no strength training) during (and only during) the weight loss phase is not the way to go. it is difficult to maintain that schedule over a lifetime
*drugs such as atypical antipsychotics used to treat mood and anxiety can affect your appetite and hunger but if you become apathetic and start believing that your weight is out of your control you can end up in serious trouble weight-wise
*one day after months of emotional eating it will dawn on you that many of the feelings you ate to get rid of are still with you - only now you have more pain - weight related pain that is both emotional and physical
In my last blog I said I am not ready to make a life commitment to healthy living. It seems too overwhelming. Thinking it over I realize it is part of my all-or-nothing pattern which has not worked.
JUST FOR TODAY I aim to eat healthy food within my healthy caloric range, get a healthy amount of exercise and find healthy ways to meet my emotional needs.