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1/30/15 9:33 P

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I never think about it until the pounds start coming off, but less of me leaves me feeling a bit vulnerable. When I was young I was molested and I think that subconsciously I wanted to "insulate" myself with a bulky physique. It has definitely brought the attention from men to a near standstill.
On another note, has anyone ever come across a book titled "Taming the Diet Dragon? http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Diet-Dragon-T
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I found it at a used bookstore in the clearance pile (it's available on Amazon for a penny) and it has a good deal of information on thought processes, affirmations and visualizations and the psychological elements of weight control. "New-Agey" if you are so inclined. I am not as inclined that way as I once was, but I believe addressing the mental alongside the physical HAS to be beneficial. (And she isn't selling supplements, so that helps...)

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6/20/12 10:44 A

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My husband posted this on the wall of our home gym (read: dank basement with weights, heavy bag, elliptical, and netflix) along with posters of stallone and schwarzeneggar:

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I suffer greater depression because of my weight than any other problem in my life. I fall into patterns of self-hate when I realize my weight stops me from doing things I want to do or keeping me from doing things I used to do.

There is a great impact on our mental and emotional state because of our weight.

Edited by: PIPPIMARRIED at: 6/20/2012 (10:50)
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10/18/11 4:52 P

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Thanks Kitty!
So then, that leads me to my second brain blaster....
Do you think your weight situation is more social or biological? Or 50/50?
Personally for me, I think it's about 70% social based on learned traits, emotional eating, depression related lethargy, etc..... and 30% biological based on my hormone levels and genetics. Just a small example. I could probably write a book breaking it down though.
Do you think that there should be more of a psychological attack in the battle against childhood obesity since I think so many of us carry old wounds?
Thoughts?
Opinions?

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~Marilyn Monroe~


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10/17/11 4:38 P

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Hello!

Firstly, thanks for putting in the time to get this group going emoticon

To answer your question ....

Personally, as a non-believer I think the spiritual part comes under psychological anyway (not trying to offend, it's just where I come from on this subject). I am a big believer in doing what makes you happy and the weight will just be a reflection of that. With that in mind I am not a big weigher, or measurer (of my body - I do still need to weigh pasta and rice, but I think that may just be a complete lack of estimating powers). Now, I have only recently come to this pov so I am still a little bigger than I want to be/is "normal" for me.

So, emotions affecting weight? Yes, definitely, whether it be I am emotionally exhausted and haven't got the energy to buy and cook good food, or I am anxious and automatically reach for some chocolate, there is a defintite link. Spritual? Not for me, but I think it can add value and therefore happiness to people who do believe. Psychological...as in habits? That's a big YES, but thankfully it can also be changed. Past experiences, learnt responses to stress, etc. need to be overcome. True psychological distress obviously requires a professional. The biological issue is a biggie because we are programmed to eat for survival. It is our most basic instinct and to lose weight is to overide it. There will also be issues of hormones which can be a big thing, especially for the ladies. I can't think of much else but there is obviously more to weight struggles than the "eat less, move more" thing that we ALL know.

A huge thing will also be your social world. Say you work in an office and there are always cakes around, you drive home and your kids are nagging you for fast food, your husband brings you some chocolate because you've had a bad day, your mum has made a big dinner to celebrate a birthday ... these all add up too and I really think are often underestimated.

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10/13/11 5:12 P

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I thought that this would be a great forum to start up. Ways that we can really utilize the full power of our minds and post resources, quotes, tips, tricks, formulas, etc.....and fire up those neurons.

So, my first posting is a link to a book I just purchased on my Nook Color. This woman used to be a minister at my church, and what I like about her is that she really thinks outside the box, she doesn't limit herself, and applied numerous principles to weight loss to really engage your psyche.

http://www.acourseinweightloss.com/

So my actual question is this: How many people think that their struggles with weight loss have an emotional, spiritual, or psychological component to them?



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