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Motivation

Tina at Carrots and Cake wrote an interesting post yesterday about books that were motivational to her in terms of healthy living and losing weight. That post got me thinking about the book that produced quite a few epiphanies for me.

Women, Food and God was a life-changing book for me. There were countless “a-ha” moments. When the author spoke about her experiences and her feelings about food, I felt like she was speaking about me. I could relate to her so much.

Now I think it is time to read that book for a second time (and maybe a couple of the books that Tina mentioned). The past couple of days have been rough for me. I have made some bad choices and I am trying to recover from a binge as I type this. I think I feel even guiltier for the binge because I am supposedly a healthy living blogger. I debated on whether to talk about this or not, but I want to be honest with you guys.

It seems like every single day is a struggle. I struggle to make the “right” choice with every single bite that goes into my mouth. Maybe that’s why I felt the urge to binge yesterday and tonight. I am just tired of the struggle. I am tired of fighting every day to be healthy and be active. So I gave in to my impulses because it’s the easier thing to do.

But every day is a day for new choices. I have to figure out a new way of coping and handling my urge to binge. Living a healthy lifestyle should not be this hard. Should it?

I think my first step is to go back to Geneen Roth’s guidelines to eating. These guidelines are good rules to follow and I can honestly say that I don’t follow any of them.

  • Eat when you are hungry.
  • Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
  • Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
  • Eat what your body wants.
  • Eat until you are satisfied.
  • Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
  • Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.

Thanks for following along with me during this little ramble. I promise that tomorrow’s post will be somewhat cheerier. :)

Do you follow these guidelines on a regular basis? Is there any book that has motivated you in terms of healthy living and weight loss?

Back to the Grind

So I have been back from my trip since Monday . . . and I am still trying to adjust to the day to day. I had a great time over the weekend, very relaxing. But my eating habits were a little crazy. I had too much fried and heavy foods, didn’t eat as regularly as I should, and drank too little water. Of course, I was proud of myself for the fact that I still managed to stop eating when I was hungry. No major binges. And I actually managed to lose 1/2 a pound over the weekend. How did that even happen?

Now that I’m back, however, it is so hard to get back into the healthy eating/exercise mindset. I have done pretty well, but not as well as I should have. And for some reason, I am finding myself with little to no appetite for breakfast in the mornings. I am not getting hungry until close to 10:00 am. I know that I need to eat before that, but it’s hard if I’m not hungry. Does anyone have any tips for that? This morning, I did make myself a smoothie of frozen strawberries, a peach, some ice, and a little honey. So even though I wasn’t hungry, I still got some calories and a serving of fruits in my system.

I just find it hard to gather any appetite for healthy foods. Hopefully, it will get better. This is why you should really only eat heavy meals every once in a while, instead of days at a time. They are addictive and once you get started, it’s so hard to stop.