Monday, May 28, 2012
I read something a while back that rang true with me. It stated that we who have weight to lose have to learn to live with being a little hungry all the time....
Why is this?
I don't always think it is actual "hunger" but just our addiction to food calling out to us FEED ME....
Years ago, while in collage I had to write a report then share the report in discussion form with the class. I choose addiction. Not addiction to drugs and alcohol, but to things like soda, TV, ect. I asked the participants in my group to confess to their "addiction." One by one they each admitted to their vices....it came down to the final member of the group and she looked me in the eye and said "I am not addicted to anything." I knew differntly....she weighed at least 300 pounds...she didn't even realize her addiction...it was food. I said nothing more but this memory stayed with me for all those years....through all my struggles with my own multiple weight losses and gains. How do you fight this addiction to food? I cannot stop eating no more than I can stop breathing.
It took years of yoyo dieting before I realized what I had to do to beat the addiction. First off I gave up crash diets and magic pills and expensive diet plans. I gave up calorie counting and diet plans that said I couldn't eat carbs or fruits or only this vegitable....well you all get my point. I am sure you have been there also.
What did I do to lose 107 pounds?
I started paying attention to what I was eating. I became acutely aware of my lack of exercise.
I cut down on portion sizes, started reading labels (became food smart) then I stocked my house with good foods. I started exercising....walking was about all I could do so I did a lot of it! These small changes led to a 50 pound weight loss in 5 months! The weight loss slowed at this point so I took another look at my diet....this is when I started paying more attention to elliminating processed food....I learned about healthy fats....weight lifting.....basically I built up on what I already knew and 3 months later I was down another 57 pounds!
How come I am back on sparkpeople?
Because I fell off the wagon this past winter....I gained 25 pounds. I decided to stop the weight gain before it got to far ahead of me (decided to lose an extra 3 pounds also). Sparkpeople gives me a place to be accountable to myself. I have lost 6 of those pounds so far and I fell so much better physically and mentally! Again, I am in control of my addiction and that makes me feel better than my actual weight loss!
Peace and Hope,