Sunday, November 10, 2013
What are some of the habits that hold you back from losing weight? What habits are you participating in that are contributing to your weight gain? Are you like I was... do you binge excessively? Are you an emotional eater? Why do you think you participate in these behaviors (hint: dig deeper than a lack of willpower or self-control)? In what ways are these negative habits serving you? What ways are they making you feel better (even if it is just in the short-term)? What are some positive habits you could pick up that could help reduce your need to turn to the negative habits?
Wardell, Lauren (2013-10-17). Losing Your First 10 Pounds (Your Pathway to Vitality) (Kindle Locations 291-295). . Kindle Edition.
Start with morning....McDonalds - egg/sausage burrito or sausage biscuit, apple pie and half cut sweet tea. I could eat a lower calorie and more nutritious breakfast if I were willing to get up a few minutes earlier. It takes me 15 minutes out of my way to go to McDonald's so I could use that time to make something better for myself on my work mornining.
Eating mainly for enjoyment. Eating what's convenient and easy to prepare. Not planning....shopping, preparing, etc.
Eat to numb myself. If my stomach is full, I seem to be more relaxed.
Eat to procrastinate. I don't feel like I deserve down time because my house isn't as clean as it should be, the laundry isn't done, there are dishes in the sink, etc. If I'm eating it takes my mind off of everything, relaxes me and gives me an excuse for not working on something.
I eat late at night. Usually I eat my dinner (that I saved) because I like to eat when I can relax. I also have something sweet...often a Hershey candy bar or some desert.
I eat large amounts of food but don't think I binge. I usually eat large amounts because I like to feel full. Only time I come close to binging is when I start thinking about going on a diet or when I need to or am trying to restrict my eating for some reason.
Positive habits to replace some of the above: Need to find better ways to relax...but some of the things I've thought of in the past seem like too much work. So maybe slowly start making changes. Could change what I eat at night. Usually if I make myself eat dinner at dinner time I'm not that hungry before bed. I could eat an apple instead of candy/sweets. I REALLY do love eating before bed though...and candy....and to relax....and until my stomach is full. It hard to give this habit up.
These changes are doable but I think I have find a good enough reason for me to want to do this. It all comes down to that for me. In my mind I know I desparately need to lose weight or I'm facing major health issues down the road. I hate pain - I don't even like being uncomfortable. I want to be around for my husband and daughter and be able to participate in their lives. But for me.....do I want this for me? Do I feel like I deserve the work it will take to lose the weight? Am I worth it? Do I care enough about my life to do it????? That's it for me....do I care enough about my life to do this? I know I should, I feel guilty that maybe I don't. And why don't I? What is it that makes me not care about my life? I think these are the questions I need to find answers to.