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Overcoming overeating

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Oh, why did I eat so much?" I have asked myself too often. "I feel miserable!"

There are many reasons why I overeat. One of the biggest motivators for me to stuff myself is a fear that I will be hungry again too soon. So I eat and eat and eat until I am miserable; sometimes, so miserable that all I can do is lie down until the feeling passes. And yet, for so long, I have lived with the idea that being miserable because I am stuffed is better than worrying about being afraid of being hungry too soon.

This year, however, I am focused on learning to love my body. As part of that, my current focus is listening to my body. I am learning to stop when I am full. Instead of forcing myself to finish what is on my plate because it tastes good or go back for seconds and thirds so I am not hungry again in an hour, I am working on stopping when my body says to stop.

I am getting better at this. I am surprised at how far I have come in such a short time. As a matter of fact, I am beginning to wonder how I used to eat so much. Now, when I overeat a little, I am so uncomfortable, I truly wish I had stopped earlier. It is not a feeling of guilt (I still feel guilty regret from eating copious amounts of sugar, but that is another battle), but truly a wish I had eaten less (much like my frequent morning wish that I had gone to bed two hours earlier the night before). When I feel that discomfort in my stomach, I wonder how I used to eat so much.

Back before I began with SparkPeople, I used to feel happy when I ate well beyond my maximum. I thought that feeling was "full." I have since learned that what I was feeling was "bloated." Now I recognize that bloated feeling much more easily, and it often comes from eating heavy white breads such as biscuits. Now I am starting to recognize the too-full feeling of eating even quality foods. Recognizing that feeling makes it easier to stop when my body says it has had enough.

I am not tracking or worrying about quantities of servings of vegetables or measuring grams of protein. I know these habits work and have had success with them in the past. I realize now that I am not there yet. Instead, I first need to listen to my body is telling me and to learn to love it. The next time I track, I want it to come from a place of love and acceptance, not from a feeling of "should" or unacceptability.
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    Sounds like you're doing great. We need to start where we are and make changes from that point. Best wishes to you!
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    That's the trick! Learning to listen to and pay attention to your body changes so much of your perceptions. Good for you! emoticon

    You are correct in deciding that you will do the process as it works for you. That's the way to make it work.. You should be very proud of yourself for being able to see how certain aspects make you feel and finding alternatives to work with along the way that will still be of benefit to you.
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    Always work to love yourself. That is a great foundation. Find out why you fear being hungry. Work on overcoming that. emoticon
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    emoticon I know where you are coming from. Happiness use to be "Eat Big" take nap. It was so strange for me to not feel full "all the time".
    I better eat before I get hungry, because then I'll over eat. I was over eating all the time.
    Then there was the not too distant past where I would be at the point- maybe I should stop eating now, because I don't even know what full is.
    Happy to say these times are gone. Hunger and tracking are tools to help me just like they are going to help you.

    Very happy to see you have figured this out and are the path to greatness. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1446 days ago
    Boy do I know they feeling. Trouble is I eat to quickly so I do not feel full until I have over eaten. Hope you learn you limits so you can start tracking.
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