Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest days.) In the past, when I would not workout, this would be the toughest time for me because for some reason, I wanted to eat. Chips, candy, left overs, etc. Anything that I could get my hands on. I knew that this could be a problem since I had to wait to workout.
Instead of going home and setting myself up for possible failure, I made a plan before I even stepped into the door. Why? Because at work, my mind was already working against me. I kept thinking "Oh! That pasta salad would be yummy! Eat that!" With thoughts like these, I knew that if I went home without a plan, I'd be in trouble.
Before I left work, I made a list of activities I could/needed to do. For example, check the mail, feed my cats, unload the dishwasher, spruce up the house, etc. In addition, I "checked" myself: "Am I really hungry, or do I just want food for pleasure?" Deep down, I knew it was really just for pleasure. However, I did think ahead of time - in the case that I was truly hungry, I could eat an orange and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.
This, my friends, worked. I accomplished my list instead of turning on the TV and chowing down on food I didn't need. In fact, I did not even eat my "approved" snacks! I'm not saying that this will work every time, but I am going to continue to try it. In all reality, this journey is a mental game. When you don't feel like exercising, it's because your mind has determined that you are "too tired" to do any activity. Your body is capable of exercising whether you THINK so or not. Same with eating.
On another note, even though I've done well in regards to binges, I am up to 155 lbs. (I was at 152.8lbs.) Part of this, I know, is because of the not-so-great food choices I've made as well as it is about to be that time of the month. So, I am going to keep working at it.