No I did not read that book but got so many reviews that I think I have gotten the message.
I kind of agree. I know that my weight problem started with Twiggy - former british super model who was the first really skinny ideal - I was 13-14 at the time she became popular and of course I started to diet to become like her... that took me into the eternal cycle of starving- bingeing that has occupied my life since. In retrospect I can see that my big gains has come after a big diet - in between when I have not occupied my mind with food, I have kept my weight. Not entirely true, without all that yoyo, I would probably have gained weight slowly through the years due to a food-rich surrounding and a life not interesting enough at evenings...
I can also see that times without food problems at all has been when I have been away at different camps and courses - for example the summer when I went to Pat Parelli camp in colorado, followed by a week with "Dalton Gang adventures" in Utah, I actually lost weight because I had such fun, worked all day and occupied myself with social life in the evenings. Same with "Raw food week" last summer, I drove home in the evenings but had a fixed menu with raw food so I lost without having to think about what I ate at all.
So a monastery would be perfect...
or a year in africa with medecins sans frontiers.. but then I have to educate myself as a nurse first... r I could volunteer in some christian organisation for working with some project... none of those alternatives are that great as long as daughter is too young and when she is not I will be too old to manage.
My problem is cleraly the evenings and maybe also the weekend. At work I don´t think about food, hunger strikes around twelve or something, if I bring a lunchbox I eat that and then work on, or if I eat lunch with people, I eat whatever is served and don´t think much about it. I wuld "only" have to think about making the healthiest possible choices and would not have a hard time with it - I think.
But the evenings... I feel too tired to activate myself in some exercise and also too tired to go visit somebody. I stay at home, I get bored, I eat.
Things I could do:
Practice piano, I think that is funny.
Train doggy for different things, he loves it and is very clever.
Spend ten-twenty minutes with decluttering, setting the timer would maybe make me really do it, since otherwise it is too big a project.
Write songs - I got that scholarship last autumn I can in fact get it two years more if I produce new songs that merits me for it...
Knitting or crocheting in front of teve - I don´t really like the products but it keeps my hands occupied and the urge to eat gets a little better....
So friends - onwards and upwards, will test these occupations next week!
And somebody (daughter) obviously already trained doggy with combining two activities