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I am back and I'm really ready this time. Emotional eating is a...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

...rhymes with witch.

Back in August, I thought I was ready to take on losing the weight I found. But I really wasn't.

So after a couple of months of "trying", I realized my issue wasn't will power, but rather that I was eating my emotions. In 2010, I had a series of devastating incidents happen: my cat that I had for nearly 15 years died, my disabled mom came to visit for Thanksgiving but had a fall, broke her hip and ended up staying here for several months in a facility where I had to report her being neglected/abused. Then, I found out my Aunt had brain cancer. Then, in the beginning of 2011 I found out an extremely upsetting family secret: my dad, who I had thought died of a heart attack in 1996, actually killed himself. All these things happened within 4 months of each other. And even though I have a loving, supportive partner, even he couldn't stop me from the emotional eating.

Once I admitted to what was eating me, I decided to take a break. To not even THINK about losing the weight and get "right" in my head first. Now this didn't mean I'd eat whatever I want and go on a binge fest, it just meant that I'd put my emotional needs first by doing a bit of soul searching and seeking out a therapist. I realized that if I didn't deal with the issues that made me gain the weight back, that I'd never lose it. And, if I did, it would only return if the issues weren't resolved.

Am I 100%? No. But I am ready to tackle losing the weight, and my therapist agrees. I decided to use the SASS Yourself Slim plan by Cynthia Sass as a guideline. I actually have the book from when it was called the Cinch! plan, I bought it when I read an article of hers in a magazine and was just looking for food ideas to spice up my diet. This was before the weight issues returned.

There are many things I like about Cynthia and her program. First, she's an RD and also has her Master in Public Health. So she knows her shtuff. I also like that she takes a whole food, holistic approach to weight loss and eating. Finally, I like that she has a whole chapter tackling emotional eating that includes exercises to work through it.

Perhaps the hardest part is the 5 day fast forward, which I'm currently on day 2 of. It's a not mandatory part of the program, but I felt my body needed a reset so I decided to do it. That said, I'm already sick of Raspberries...

Anyway, I hope all is well with my fellow sparkers. Have a great Sunday!

-Amanda
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MINTYFRESH303 2/10/2013 11:37AM

    @DESERTMOTH- Emotional health really is so important. I was in a good place when I first lost the 150+lbs. And frankly, I don't think I would be trying to lose some of the weight I found if my life hadn't been turned upside down. IMHO, SASS is a great read even if you opt not to follow her plan. Lots of great, healthy ideas in general. :)

@SELTZER111-Thanks.

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DESERTMOTH 2/10/2013 11:17AM

    I am really happy you are working on yourself. I am just realizing how much I have to focus on my emotional health too if I want to be my best. I do not know about the program you are doing so I am going to check it out. emoticon emoticon

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SELTZER111 2/10/2013 11:16AM

    Congratulations on taking steps to a new healthier you. You CAN do this...one choice at a time, one day at a time !! Good luck to you on your fitness journey ! emoticon

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