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Often, I think there are multiple issues that contribute to our weight issues, not just one particular thing. As other posters have said, Shrink Yourself focuses on the aspects of emotional eating, although it can help with mindless eating as well. For me it's an important part of the overall solution to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
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"Be more stubborn than the scale." - Vivian Bedoya (BEMORESTUBBORN)
"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
I'm 62 also! I think you should be able to change your family history of early death if you take care of yourself now. We'll try to keep you focused and encouraged.
I also eat when I'm not hungry. According to the SY book that is a sure sign of emotional eating. No, I haven't done the online course. I'm still working my way through the last few chapters of the book. There are some exercises that you need to think about. While you are out shopping, you might want to pick up a notebook to do some of the exercises. I haven't done the online SY yet, but I will do that in September. I think the online program is more customized to each person's particular emotional type of eating.
With diet, exercise, no smoking, etc. you can reverse so many causes of bad health. I think we are all a work in progress. Years ago I quit smoking. It took many tries, but eventually I did quit. It was probably thehardest think I ever did. Now I'm working on my diet. I used to eat a lot of fast food. Loved McDonald's, but now I very seldom eat fast food. I'll go to subway and get a turkey sub w/no mayo. I just learned to use mustard as a condiment. After years of doing this, I don't even miss the mayo. I try to eat alot of fruits and vegetables, which I love, so it's not that big of a deal. My issues now are chocolate and wine and cheese. I also snack when I'm bored and lonely, which is much of the time. This week I am not snacking quite as much. I don't know if it's the info from the book, but I am having a good week. Anyway, I have rambled on enough.
Hope you are able to get the book this week-end. Read it and re-read it. I'll be curious what you think about it. In the meantime, I think 62 is young. There is no reason that this can't be the best time of your life.
Thanks for your response. I have 6 grandchildren and I am 62. I haven't been able to get the book yet. I live in a small northeast Texas town with one book store. They have to order it and it will take 2 weeks to get here. I am going this weekend to the Dallas area so hopefully the book will be in one of the large bookstores there.
I have always thought I was an emotional eater but I'm think now I may be a food addict. I just can't seem to quit eating even when I'm not hungry. I do eat when I'm bored, sad, angry, etc. but even when not experiencing these emotions I still eat.
I sometimes just want to give up and forget the whole thing about my weight. I'm a Type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My dad died from a stroke as did my mother. Both had had heart attacks prior to the strokes. I know that with this history I must do something now. When my dad had his heart attack and then was diagnosed with diabetes he followed a diet very closely and even quit smoking. After about 6 months he went back to his old ways of eating and smoking. He always said that he was not going to live without enjoying what he wanted to eat, drink and to smoke. He lived about a year after this. Ever time I feel like I'm going to do the same thing as he did I realize I don't want to die at age 69 as he did.
I am becoming desperate so I'm hoping this book will help me.
I know that I am going to need all the encouragement that I can get.
By the way, do you subscribe to the online site? If so, is it helpful?
Welcome to the site. I, too, have grandchildren, so I guess we're about the same age. As we get older it is so hard to lose that extra weight.
Having said that, I think you will know right away if Shrink Yourself will help you. I have just started reading the book. When you get about half-way through the book there are "sessions". There are exercises. Not the physical kind, but rather things you need to think about and things to observe about yourself. For this part I have started a journal. This is about as close to going to a private counseling session as I have ever seen. You may find that you are not an "emotional" eater, but I think that most of us have some emotional issues to resolve. If you have been on one diet after another, you pretty much know what you should eat. It's that inner craving, child, demon, spouse or whatever you want to call it that always seems to sabotage our diets. I think with this book (SY) you learn to take back the power over whatever is keeping you from succeeding in your weight loss. I know it has helped me already and I haven't finished the book. As others have said, it's not a quick fix. However, I think, when you read this book it gives you lots of insight why you haven't been able to lose weight in the past and gives you hope for future weight loss. Good luck to you.
Edited by: UCFGAL at: 7/29/2009 (10:38)
I think you will love Gould's book because it will help you not lose heart, and not easily back slide into the old habits that got you into trouble. It is a terrific compliment to any food program that you want to work with. In fact, I would say it is an essential tool to accompany what you are doing. Best of luck on your journey!
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Welcome to the team, Ginny! The book helps you become more aware of your underlying issues that lead to overeating. I find journaling about what I read helps me internalize it more. Best of luck to you on this journey!!
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Welcome Ginny. I am glad you have found Spark People and you are working toward a healthier self. I have not read Beck Diet Solutions though I do read Martha Beck's books and articles from time to time. Shrink Yourself is not a diet but more a way to understand the emotional reasons why we eat and understanding how we can make a difference in our lives with the choices we make. For me, I focused more on my emotions for about6 months before diving into a healthy nutritional lifestyle. The one big issue I needed to focus on was changing my thought process and lifestyle rather than another quick fix diet. This journey will go on forever and I will continue to improve and tweak my lifestyle as life goes on as well as when I hit bumps in my path.
If you win 51% of the battles you have won the war.
I am new to this team. I haven't gotten the book yet as I have some questions. I have tried so many things to lose weight and I don't want this to be just another failure.
Does anyone know if Shrink Yourself is anything like Beck Diet Solutions. I have tried that in the past.
I just recently had a huge health scare, my doctor thought I might have bone cancer but I did not. This has made me see that while I might not have cancer I do have some other serious health issues, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and I absolutely must lose weight if I want to see my 4 year old grandson grow up.
Any information on Shrink Yourself would be greatly appreciated.