Thursday, February 13, 2014
I've about come to the conclusion that I'm a food addict.
I honestly didn't think I was. But there really isn't much else to explain the weight gain. Or unsuccessful weight loss. Or whatever you want to call it. I can lose weight, but I am a miserable failure at keeping it off.
I was making my typical lament Tuesday: if only I was addicted to smoking or alcohol or drugs. Then I know I could give it up. I KNOW it. But you can't give up eating food!
But then I said, wait a minute. I laid out a daily menu for 3 meals a day. I made it for 1200 calories, but would stretch it to 1350 on any given day, not to be too rigid.
I kept it simple. Cereal/rice milk, egg, fruit for breakfast. Sandwich or soup and fruit for lunch. A protein and two veggies for supper. Snack of at least one veg. during the day, and maybe a cheese stick or other protein.
Now. Could I give up eating outside that plan?
I have no idea.
But I'm trying it.
Now, the first criticism people are going to have is that no, you cannot ban certain foods or stay on a restricted diet forever. I will admit that I won't stay at 1200-1350 calories for life, if I reach my goal. BUT, nobody tells alcoholics that they should ease off and plan cheat days. Nobody tells a smoker not to expect to give it up.
And, let's not forget that people with celiac disease have to give up wheat. Not to mention other people's allergies.
So, I'm willing to give it a try. It's an attitude, is what it is. I'm going at it from the perspective of being addicted to something that I have to give up. I have to give up big bowls of buttered popcorn. I have to give up using more than 2-3 pats of butter a day for anything. I have to give up bacon and fried eggs for breakfast. And I could make a whole list, but you know what I mean. I just cannot eat like that.
So, Hi. My name is Shire. I'm a food addict.
One day at a time.