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Brain over binge..

Friday, January 03, 2014

No I did not read that book but got so many reviews that I think I have gotten the message.

I kind of agree. I know that my weight problem started with Twiggy - former british super model who was the first really skinny ideal - I was 13-14 at the time she became popular and of course I started to diet to become like her... that took me into the eternal cycle of starving- bingeing that has occupied my life since. In retrospect I can see that my big gains has come after a big diet - in between when I have not occupied my mind with food, I have kept my weight. Not entirely true, without all that yoyo, I would probably have gained weight slowly through the years due to a food-rich surrounding and a life not interesting enough at evenings...

I can also see that times without food problems at all has been when I have been away at different camps and courses - for example the summer when I went to Pat Parelli camp in colorado, followed by a week with "Dalton Gang adventures" in Utah, I actually lost weight because I had such fun, worked all day and occupied myself with social life in the evenings. Same with "Raw food week" last summer, I drove home in the evenings but had a fixed menu with raw food so I lost without having to think about what I ate at all.

So a monastery would be perfect... emoticon or a year in africa with medecins sans frontiers.. but then I have to educate myself as a nurse first... r I could volunteer in some christian organisation for working with some project... none of those alternatives are that great as long as daughter is too young and when she is not I will be too old to manage.

My problem is cleraly the evenings and maybe also the weekend. At work I don´t think about food, hunger strikes around twelve or something, if I bring a lunchbox I eat that and then work on, or if I eat lunch with people, I eat whatever is served and don´t think much about it. I wuld "only" have to think about making the healthiest possible choices and would not have a hard time with it - I think.

But the evenings... I feel too tired to activate myself in some exercise and also too tired to go visit somebody. I stay at home, I get bored, I eat.

Things I could do:
Practice piano, I think that is funny.
Train doggy for different things, he loves it and is very clever.
Spend ten-twenty minutes with decluttering, setting the timer would maybe make me really do it, since otherwise it is too big a project.
Write songs - I got that scholarship last autumn I can in fact get it two years more if I produce new songs that merits me for it...
Knitting or crocheting in front of teve - I don´t really like the products but it keeps my hands occupied and the urge to eat gets a little better....

So friends - onwards and upwards, will test these occupations next week!

And somebody (daughter) obviously already trained doggy with combining two activities
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    PS I LOVE the picture of the dog. Incredible!
    1602 days ago
    Do read Brain over Binge... you might like it.
    BOB is, actually, not about doing other things instead of eating... (at all). I just wrote a blog about exactly this topic. The author of BOB is pretty clear about how all those 'other activities' do not help a person to stop bingeing because when we want to binge, it does not really help to do 'something else'. She says. I'm not sure it's entirely true. But her idea is that it's better to just learn to recognize the urge to binge, then dismiss it and don't act on it. If you substitute with other activities the implication is that you really 'need' something and that the urge to binge makes somehow sense. One of the main points of BOB is that it's important to realize that the urge to binge does NOt make sense and is just 'neurological junk', inappropiate signals from the animal brain. The book explains it much better than I can... and doesn't cost much.

    1602 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 12:13:13 PM
    Love the picture! Even more the familiar ring of the blog. I too got on this roller coaster around 13. I also enjoy snacking in the evening. But, if it's not in the house I can't eat it. I can honestly say I've never binged on apples! Raisins, yes; but not apples. I like apples, so if I don't want one; I'm not really hungry, something else is going on.
    Eating vegetarian has also limited my choices and those things I cannot control: good bread, cheese, ice cream, chips, crackers, etc. are not staples in my pantry; just an occasional treat. Salty snacks are limited to popcorn and pretzels; for some reason they don't trigger a binge. Buying the things on the above list set me up for a binge before I even get them home; I know that. When I try and tell myself otherwise--it's stinkin' thinkin'! When I buy them for others; family get togethers, houseguests; leftovers go home with the guests or I pack them over to my DD's with 3 teens to feed. I control what I eat while everyone is here (mentally giving them ownership, I think) but when they leave; so does my control. Strange games we play. I've found what works for me. As usual, thanks for the "food for thought". Hugs.
    1602 days ago
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