What a coincidence LKG! I just borrowed the Dr. Kessler book from the library. :) I've gotten through the first two chapters of Shrink Yourself now and there were some powerful messages that have already helped. The statement about, "What makes me powerless?" struck a chord for sure. I never thought that was the problem but now I see that it really is the root of everything for me.
I'm several chapters into the Kessler book and, based on what I've read there as well as what I've been reading on the Dr. Oz website, I've completely altered my plans for my diet. I have been relying pretty heavily on Weight Watchers frozen dinners and a lot of pre-packaged 100 calorie snack packs as well as other convenience foods. While I'm not saying that they're not helpful, they seem to be triggering cravings that I've been feeling pretty powerless against.
So, no more convenience foods for awhile. I've upped my fiber, cut out all partially hydrogenated oils, added more monounsaturated fats, reduced my sodium intake, and in the last two days I have dramatically decreased my consumption of foods that combine the salt + fat + sugar factor that seem to trigger my addictions. Already I have noticed that I'm not ravenous on my drive home from work and that food does not seem as distracting to me.
When I'm through the Shrink Yourself and the Dr. Kessler books, I'm staring on one called Eating the Moment by Dr. Pavel G. Somov. I may falter at times on this journey but I am determined as I have never been before and I will not quit this time.
Thanks so much for everyone's support! :) I hope that I can be as supportive and helpful as everyone has been for me.
MyKindaFlower - Many of us who have read the book feel as if it's been personally written for us. Dr.Gould really hits the nail on the head about the underlying emotions that drive us to eat. I haven't done the online program due to $$ constraints, but I hear it's terrific.
One other book that I've read that has helped me a great deal is The End Of Overeating, by David Kessler. The focus of that book is the physiological reactions that happen when we eat certain types of foods, and why we can become literally addicted. I found it to be a good compliment to Shrink Yourself to help understand both the emotional and physical forces that may drive us to overeat.
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Lisa Height: 5'8" Highest weight: 230 Current weight: 183.1 Target Weight: 160
"Be more stubborn than the scale." - Vivian Bedoya (BEMORESTUBBORN)
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MyKindaFlower- this is an exciting time for you to discover yourself and learn more about yourself. For some that takes time- and that is ok. I spent 6 months looking at my emotions before I started to think about losing weight or changing my habits to be more healthy ones. So make sure you take some time to explore!
If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.
Thanks for all of the encouragement everyone. :) I am determined to see this through this time! It's just the right time in my life - I really believe that. I'm hoping that the Shrink Yourself book will help me with the emotional issues tied up with why I eat the way that I do - or rather, why I want to eat that way - even on the days that I'm strong and stick to my nutrition plan I have this tendency to think about what I'd like to be eating as though I haven't had plenty of food.
I'm still waiting for the book to be delivered and I'll let you know when it gets here. I may join the online classes too - I want to go through the book before I commit to that. I also ordered two other emotional eating workbooks on Amazon and another book that sounds pretty interesting. The theory of that one is that sometimes we're programmed to eat as a response to environment - such as when you reach for popcorn and soda when you go to the movie theater - not because you're hungry and certainly not because you don't mind plunking a ridiculous amount of money down for stale popcorn and watered down soda but because it's what you have been conditioned to do. The book is supposed to help you resist the urge to eat mindlessly. I'll let you know if I find any good tips in there. :)
Thanks again everyone! I really appreciate the encouragement.
Oh, I completely understand! Let me tell you, I had gastric bypass a very very long time ago .. a terribly expensive and painful surgery, and when I hit my lowest weight, I panicked! And guess what, I gained most of it back over the next 20 years. So, I'm learning how to do this too. We are creating a 'new' us, and it can feel scary, we are in new territory - out of control. And, if you're like me, you're a perfectionist and worry, "if people notice THIS, then what ELSE will they expect of me, and what if I can't do that?" Harriett, and stinkin' thinkin' is all that is! Shrink really will get you through. Work the program.. you have the power!
Edited by: LADYIRIS313 at: 2/7/2010 (14:22)
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Welcome MyKindofFlower. Your challenge is not uncommon. It sounds like the voice of Harriet doubting your success. As you read the book see if you can find similarities (many of us do). I look forward to hearing about your journey
If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.
Welcome! You have accomplished an amazing feat, but I understand your wanting to keep moving forward. We aren't a particularly active team, but we'd like to be! We would love hearing your feedback as you read the book and ponder its lessons.
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I just joined the team and wanted to say "hi". I ordered my Shrink Yourself book yesterday and may enroll in the online course as well. I started a lifestyle change after I hit 305 pounds and have been doing really well until I hit about 227 pounds. Now I'm struggling and I'm wondering why this happens whenever I lose enough weight for people to notice. In other words, as soon as I start receiving compliments I start reaching for food. I need to figure out why I sabotage myself like that and how I can stop it. Hopefully, the Shrink Yourself book and this team can help.
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