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adventures in eating?


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I just finished reading the SparkCoach lesson for the day in which I have been encouraged to think about having fun on this weight loss adventure. The problem is, I haven't lost a pound! Well, I've lost a couple and found them again right away. I don't think eating is fun at all. It's a pain in my neck -- or ass, if you want the truth. The other problem is, I love to eat, even though it's not fun. Confusing.

I have managed to find exercise I enjoy, but after 18 months of swimming, I'm a little bored. I added 20 lengths of flippers today, and that helped.

Though the swimming work out is a little tired and eating is not fun, I do feel encouraged. I have regained my strength and I can do things I haven't been able to do in a long time. I can move furniture and mow the lawn and shovel snow. I can get into my kayak (though getting out is still difficult) and I can swim, swim, swim. The seatbelt in my car is still tight. Everything in it's own time, I guess.
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TLP1958 1/8/2013 12:17PM

    Thanks for your encouragement. I think fun is the wrong word for eating. I do enjoy eating -- in the moment. I love eating. I love food. I think what distresses me is my unwillingness to stop when I am full if something tastes really good. It all has to do with self-discipline. That's never been my strong suit when it comes to food. Hard cheese is a good example. I love hard cheeses - the sharper, the better. I tell myself I am only going to use a measured amount on salad or with whole grain crackers or bread, etc. when I buy it. But this is not the way I handle it when I get it home. It calls to me from the fridge, and I don't resist. This is the not fun part about eating.

Right now I am focusing on the taste of that cheese and eating it slowly. I'm trying to slow everything down when it comes to eating as well as trying to recognize when I am full. This exercise is working in terms of conscious eating, so I guess it's a step in the right direction. THanks for your comments and questions. They helped me work through this confusion a bit.

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/8/2013 11:28AM

    Sounds like you are healthier, and that IS fun! (or at least, good). I did find your relationship with food you described as confusing. Is it because you aren't eating the foods you love now? Is there something you can do to make it fun/enjoyable?


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