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The End of Overeating

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I've been reading _The End of Overeating_, and so far I've been disappointed. The first several sections of the book were about the tricks that food processing companies use to get you to eat more - using a combination that is difficult to resist of sugar, fat, and salt, and sometimes chemicals that mimic all kinds of flavors. When I was reading these chapters all I wanted to do was eat more sugar, fat and salt! Counterproductive. Now I've finally reached the behavior modification section of the book in the back, and I'm not done yet, but it's been really nonspecific. It says that you need to develop rules for yourself that govern your eating, such as "I don't eat French fries," or "I don't eat dessert." I don't see how rules like that will help me stop overeating. Maybe the last bit of the book will be more helpful, but I'm not optomistic.

I've been finding it extremely difficult to motivate myself to count calories or restrict my eating at all. Even after my last blog with a few specific rules I didn't follow through. I've gone out and bought size 12 summer pants because my 10s don't fit. I'm hoping that maybe writing about it will get me moving again.

As always, I HAVE been pretty good about exercise lately, espeically my strength training. I haven't been to Body Pump in a long time...I've been out in the strength room with the big burly guys. I realized recently that I squat more than my own bodyweight...185lbs. I'm moving up with almost all my weights except for biceps and shoulders, which are my two weakest areas where I seem to always plateau at the lowest of weights. I'm not as consistent with cardio as I should be in order to lose weight, but I have been getting some cardio in.

In some ways I've been too complacent about my weight. I think it would probably take a photo (but I've been avoiding cameras whenever possible) or some horrible mirror angle to snap me into reality and make me realize I need to do something. I see the big numbers on the scale but don't think I look that bad. I also have been just a teensy bit obsessed (okay, tremendously obsessed) with TTC (which isn't working so far...), and kind of just lethargic lately. It's like I spend all my energy at the gym and don't save any for other stuff, like coming up with a better eating plan.

Today is my last day of work for a while, so I have time to come up with a plan to get back on track. It better be a good one, because I really need it.
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    185 lbs! Man... If I did that... I would be one giant knot of extremely sore, overworked muscles! You are super strong Susan!

    I've had similar feelings about some books before- in my never ending quest to find my "answers" for overeating and how to get over my eating issues. Then... at some point, I just gave up, because deep down, I didn't want someone else's answer I guess. I had to really distance myself from all that stuff to start feeling whole again
    and to be open minded!

    That pic of you ( even though it is only your face) that you posted on FB .... is just really, really prettty!

    1893 days ago
    Oh, boy. I hope you can find your motivation soon. I read a comment above about sharing what was eaten with those that will keep you accountable, and that would mean today I have eaten a large unknown quantity of M&M's (peanut butter of course) and my morning pills. That is totally embarrassing, maybe I could find a buddy to do that with!! Haha! But I think batch cooking and freezing stuff into meal portions is a better option. I have been trying to count calories but not motivated like you, but I think maybe after todays brekkie I will track for the rest of the day! Maybe that will start a streak?!
    1893 days ago
  • MRS.NG.06
    (but I've been avoiding cameras whenever possible)-me too...I completely understand that! HI!! : ) xoxoo glad to hear you are still exercising...being healthy really is key all around...take it one day at a time my dear *HUGS* xoxo
    1894 days ago
    Thanks for the insightful review - I had that book on my list but it sounds like the intended audience isn't people like us who are well-educated about what it really takes to lose weight/get healthy. You are definitely one of the people on this site who knows EXACTLY what it takes for them and their body to lose/gain/etc. Thanks for the update - I always love reading your blogs. I hope the TTC starts going well - you are in my thoughts!! xo Liz
    1895 days ago
    Hmmm....Overeating is a huge huge issue for me. I fight it daily. I began tracking again a couple months ago and that helped, but as I'm sure you know, became tedious. I then enlisted the help of the man I'm seeing and his sister and nightly, we now share what we've eaten for the day. It still gives me the "publc" accountability I need without having the tediousness of the tracker. I also am back to measuring portions and we batch cook to help with planning meals ahead.

    I am a firm believer that you have to find what works for YOU so that you can stick with it. You are really doing well. I've been following your blog for a long time. And you are still here. Still working hard. Still searching for exactly what works for you. You are tenacious...just keep plugging away. You'll get there! :)
    1895 days ago
    You know... I started reading that book a while ago and have been reading it on and off for the past 6 months now. I think it's interesting and I love all of the case studies in the book, but it's not keeping me intrigued enough to finally finish it.
    1895 days ago
    185# for squats!!! AMAZING!!! I can barely squat WITHOUT any weight!!! One little dip of my knees and I'm incapcitated for days!

    1895 days ago
    Maybe you should start out slowly with what you eat. Instead of limiting what you eat, choose to limit how much you eat. Try this for a month. Next month, try tackling another eating problem like limit yourself to fast food 3x a week. I don't know your eating habits, but you can adapt this to how you eat now.

    I'm currently reading "Secrets of a Former Fat Girl" by Lisa Delaney, and I really enjoy it. She talks about how she was before and how she has lost the weight. She gives lots of tips about both exercise and eating.
    1895 days ago
    I thought that book was sub-par as well (glad I'm not the only one!). Lately I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the conflicting diet advice floating around out there ( eat that, don't eat that, do eat that, but only this subset of that, etc.) I'm actually taking a break from "nutritional advice" at the moment and trying to figure out what I feel best eating (energy/health wise AND emotionally...if my food is going to be forever depressing, I'll never eat it no matter how "good" it is for me). So I'm no help, but you're not alone!
    1895 days ago
    There's nothing worse then when we "lose" our motivation to watch portions and be more mindful of it. I wish that it was as simple as an on/off switch, but it's not. :( I think you have a LOT on your plate(like TTC!) and that because you are putting so much effort in there, the "other stuff"(like food intake) is easy to slide on a bit more. Especially with the stress you are probably feeling with that. Be patient though, I have no doubt it'll happen when it is meant to be. & hey, at least you are still keeping up with the exercise! Usually when I lose the motivation to track food or watch portions, exercise falls to the side too.
    1895 days ago
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