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3-6-14 Renewed, one day at a time, 15 minute moments

Thursday, March 06, 2014

So I am battling an overeating addiction, but with every 15 minutes, I am finding success. I am slowly incorporating more water, and trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it is all a process. I had gotten into a horrible habit of eating out every meal and snacking all of the time. So my body is so used to fat and carbs, and this is going to be rough the first week or two. But I am making moments. I walked 10 minutes yesterday, this helped me realize that I have a slight pain in my left knee, so I will probably assist that with a brace. I also drank a liter of water yesterday. I am working to give God my worries, and today I feel so uplifted, like I can do anything. Of course though, I want a solid lifestyle change. I want no more yo-yo dieting. I want to go slowly at this. Sure, I would love to be 50 lbs lighter by summer, but realisticly 10 or 20 would make me very happy. My goal is one foot in front of the other, don't beat myself up, the weight will fall off when it does, one pound a week. If I do more than that it will be unexpected. But right now, I have to work on consistency. I look forward to trying to do this honestly this time. Hopefully my new friends will continue to support me. I know God will. emoticon
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POSITIVEHOPE 3/6/2014 6:29PM

    So good to hear that you are feeling better. When I first started this journey, I was amazed that I felt so much better about myself and actually felt powerful after making such small changes to my lifestyle. The first week is an adjustment for your body so it's normal to feel a little odd. I was used to eating very large portions and it took me a while to get used to smaller servings. I tried to keep my calories toward the bottom of my range so I could always have a big salad and feel full. After a short while I didn't feel that I HAD to do that anymore. I did take fiber pills for about a week to help fight hunger pangs and to help my digestive system find a balance. Water and fiber sure do keep you feeling full. I found out that 4 PM was my worst time of day. I used to save nearly 1/2 my calories for dinner. By 4 I was so hungry that I wanted 2 dinners. I do not like fruit. Odd I know but it's the truth. I did find that eating an apple at 3:30 stopped my hunger and helped me get to dinner time still in control. Giving up sweets and carbs is hard on the body. It's so used to ready to eat fuel that at first, it struggles to use its secondary system of breaking down reserved fat for fuel. Larger portions of protein helped me stay full and in control. Four ounces of chicken breast with a tsp. Of BBQ sauce, salsa or Teriyaki made 2 snacks that really worked well for me. Many people eat a Greek yogurt as a snack but sugar doesn't work well for me. Sugar leaves me feeling suddenly ravenous and then only eating protein stops my hunger. We are a chemical mystery, aren't we?
Finding what works in your body does take a while. You do have to experiment and some things you try won't be successful so just know it's okay to have rough days. Nobody can tell you exactly what to eat but you will find things that do work. On those days, the journey will seem easy. Make sure you repeat those days every week until you find more choices.
Feeling good about yourself is what makes it worth the work to find out what your body needs to eat so you feel in control. Please make sure you give yourself lots of praise and applause for the work you are doing. Be enthusiastic about every drink of water, every healthy choice and every effort you make to move. Be fearless just for today!
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