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Food Sucks!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Food sucks! Actually, it's AMAZING, but it seems like it runs my life, and THAT sucks! When I don't THINK about food it runs my life because I just eat whatever I want whenever I want and we all know where that leads... 5'6" and 332 pounds, THAT'S where it leads! When I DO think about food, it seems it's ALL I think about... eat this, don't eat that. The harder I try to eat right, the more I think about what I'm NOT eating that I want to eat. Whenever hunger strikes, or the clock says it's time to eat, I have to go into my kitchen and make choices about what to eat and not eat. Do you know how many times a day I'm making myself do what I don't want to do and resist what I DO want? How dumb is that?!?!

That's my quota of whining for the day, it's solution time. What am I going to do about this problem? How can a stop food from running my life? Obviously, I can't just stop thinking about food... 400 lbs, here I come! But I can't keep thinking about it as much as I have or I will get angry and frustrated and give up and guess what.... 400 lbs here I come!

The best idea I can come up with is minimizing how often I am faced with making choices. I need to plan my food for the entire day at once. That way, when it's time to eat or I'm hungry, the choice has already been made. Sure, I'll still face temptation to stray from my plan, but at least there's a default plan and I can mindlessly go into the kitchen and follow it instead of perusing the fridge and cupboards trying to look past all the bad choices and decide on a good one. My other idea was to sell all my kids to the gypsies so I can void my house of any tempting foods without facing an angry mob... but they tell me it's illegal to sell children, so I guess that's not really an option.

Ok, practicality time... today's plan

Breakfast: SF NF latte, multi-grain cheerios, apple (already ate this meal)

Snack: veggies and dip

Lunch: 1/2 turkey sandwich, goldfish crackers, tomato (from my garden YUM!)

Snack: Dry multigrain cheerios to take to the movie with me so I don't eat the yummy greasy fatty popcorn

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, corn on the cob, salad

Snack: Popcorn (what else)

I can DO this!
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    Thanks for all the supportive comments! My plan worked pretty well, though I caved on the movie theater popcorn emoticon
    4103 days ago
    Yes, you can do it and you are beginning to do it! Keep moving forward!
    4104 days ago
  • SCORPION1352
    You most certainly can do it. I start each day out writing my food for the day. I am accountable for what I eat and when I register it on my nutrition tracker I don't want to have go back and change it over and over again. So once it is there that's it no changing

    I felt the same as you more then likely most of the people on SP did. As everyone says it does get easier. I am still in the beginning and taking baby steps but I will grow.

    WE ARE WORTH IT!!!!!!

    Marty emoticon
    4104 days ago
    You've made an important discovery. Plan, plan, plan. That actually applies to so many aspects of life and it's something I never learned to do. So here I am, 69 years old, and still working on the basics. I have found some foods that are low calorie that work for me and keep my house stocked with them. Low cal soups are great, especially now that we face cooler weather. You can enhance them with chopped veggies too. I use my shredded zucchini from the freezer for this. It's better than making zucchini bread which is not low cal.

    I fix fruit salads and veggie salads ahead of time to help out and try to keep healthy snacks on hand for those "I HAVE to have something to eat". moments. I personally like Luna bars, but whatever works is the best.

    Good luck on finding your perfect balance.
    4104 days ago
    You're right...food is hard to learn to live with once you've allowed yourself to let it run your life. I always said dieting is far more difficult than quitting smoking because it's an addiction that you can't quit cold turkey.

    However, we CAN learn to live with food and guess what? It gets easier! Once you lose a significant amount of weight, THAT becomes more satisfying than food ever was and food loses its power over you. So take heart.

    You might want to try some POSITIVE affirmations. :) Instead of saying, "400 pounds here I come" say, I'm speeding up my weight loss because I'm doing more about it than I was doing before. 200 pounds here I come! Write a list of positive affirmations and make that collage that Spark tells you to make at the bottom of your goals page. It really helps! I know you can do this. You need momentum and then you'll be on your way. So hang in there.

    Speak LIFE over yourself.

    We're here for you!! emoticon
    4104 days ago
    Yes you can do it!! It will get easier once you get in a routine. I love food as well,and have found some healthier substitutes for the higher calorie versions. It does take some planning, but it can be done. Stay positive, and stay connecter to the site!! It does help!!!
    4104 days ago
  • TLOVESC1125
    I think that everyone struggles with this and I'm sure it will get easier in time and there will be days that will be hard but don't give up sometimes you do have to have a treat just know when to stop. This site has so much great info and if there is anything that I can do to help you get to your weight loss goal let me know. Good luck and keep your faith in God and you will accomplish all your goals!
    4104 days ago
    Making you menu for the whole day is the best step you can do. It is a starting point. If you check on here there are several recipes that are great for the whole family so you don't have to have unhealthy foods in your house I have several on my blog that I have posted to share with my friends on here you are welcome to check them out.

    Good luck you will do great.

    4104 days ago
  • HAPPYCPA1965
    Welcome to Spark People. I wrote a very similar blog just a few days ago about food being my enemy but an enemy I have to live with. Your thoughts about food and your struggles with food are something a lot of people on this site can relate to. The good news is that it does get easier but it never goes away. Just take each day as a new day and enjoy the journey to a healthier and thinner you. emoticon
    4104 days ago
    In the words of President Obama, "Yes We Can!"
    4104 days ago
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