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Food Fight

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Do you ever feel like you're fighting food, day and night? All day, I've had this insatiable urge to eat, eat, eat. I think it's connected to some anxiety issues I'm going through right now and I will talk to my therapist when I see her next week. At the solid age of 67, I know that no one has a magic answer for me. It is not easy to deal with compulsive overeating. At least I overeat healthy foods like apples, not boxes of cookies like in the old days. I think it really comes from wanting to hurt myself and that often happens when I feel trapped in life. I watched the movie "Catch Me If You Can" tonight and it made me very sad. I know it's based on a real life story with two great actors playing the lead parts. The "con" artist is such a damaged young man. I suspect a lot of people would say, "Oh, grow up!" Nonetheless, I've always felt even when I was quite young that until you walk in someone else's shoes, you can't really condemn that person's behavior. Fate gives us all a journey to travel and that journey constitutes our life. Or so I believe. Life can be very painful at times and thinking pretty thoughts definitely does not help. I know because I've tried it many times. For those of us who were severely damaged as children, life presents some real difficulties along the way. I detest it when people call them "challenges." The latter means something else entirely. emoticon
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TREATL 8/25/2012 11:00AM

    Regarding your real-life struggles with food, I think there may be other solutions for you, but I need to think about the subject a little more. The thing I can say right now is that weight loss(and fitness) solutions need to be individualized depending on the person's abilities to exercise, potential food allergies, BMR, medications one takes, and overall lifestyle. Be sure to re-check your body mass index(BMI) to be sure you actually need to shed more pounds. You may already be in the healthy range.

It's tempting to do, but don't expect instant results on the scale. You're already making healthy strides by eating fruits and veggies instead of cookies. You may be gaining muscle mass if you're doing strength training, so weight loss (fat loss) will not show on the scale. Use your body measurements to show that you are losing fat.

Above all, don't be unhappy with yourself. You are perfect just as you are. Really. I'm certain that your partner thinks so. As Spark Coach Nicole says:

"Respect your body: Say good things about it. Eat right. Exercise for health. Rest and relieve stress." And "Love Yourself"

Warm regards,
Lynne


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