I faithfully ate 5 times a day, very good quality meals, for 7 years, but it didn't stop me from bingeing and eating compulsively. Thirty-three months ago I committed to three meals a day on weekdays (no sweets) and free eating on weekends. Eating fewer times a day and sweets on fewer days per week has been a Godsend. I enjoy my meals immensely and find I feel I miss out if I DO eat anything in between, besides nice cups of mocha or tea or a drink, because I enjoy my meals less when I eat more often. This has been carrying over more and more to weekends.
These changes don't typically take hold and stay in just a few weeks or even months. Our actions usually lag behind our intellect. Keep going! Consider weaning yourself off more than about 30-45 minutes of exercise a day, unless you genuinely love being athletic. Unathletic people who exercise hard for 60 minutes often move less energetically the rest of the day and end up counteracting the intent of the exercise.
It doesn't take all day to plan a few good meals and work in some moderate exercise, split up or not. Then live the rest of your life, the life someone might have led before she got caught up in all this focus on the perfect body. It is a late twentieth century phenomenon and has brought mostly misery. Find an obession that feeds your heart, not drains it. I'm working on it, and I affirm it for you.
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/
*Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
|1,540 Days since: I began the NO S lifestyle