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OCD and weight loss

Saturday, August 07, 2010

I have suffered from OCD for as long as I can remember. For those of you who are not familiar with this condition its is obsessive compulsive disorder. It is actually quite annoying the urge to count things, check things, recheck things, being afraid to do something for fear it might cause soemthing bad to happen. I have learned to live with it over the years, sometimes its worse then others. It can be difficult, I tend to live by a certain set of rules and do not stray outside of the rules for fear of what will happen.
I must admit that for the first time ever in life I have started to look at OCD in a different way. I feel that for the first time it has actually given me an advantage in my weight loss journey.

Counting- is huge in OCD
and it sure has helping me with logging and tracking calories

Checking and Rechecking-
Did I log everything I ate?
Did I log it all correctly?
It sure has saved me a few times from going over for the day.

Living by a set of rules-
This is the number one advantage it has given me.
I live by a set of rules and do not stray outside the lines.
I created a set of rules I live by for my healthy lifestyle and weight loss
and I do not stray from them.
1. eat my magic number of calories per day
Do not go to bed unless I have eatten the magic number of calories per day
even if im not hungry, make sure to eat them all
2. Drink my water
Do not go to bed unless all my water is gone for the day
3. Exercise 6 days a week
Do not go to bed unless I have completed my exercise no excuses
4. Take Sunday and rest a bit and enjoy a few more calories and maybe a few treats
this one is hard for me but I do it every Sunday

I feel that having this set of rules has helped me avoid, slips, start overs, and give ups.

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