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Got this link from someone on Facebook: Want to Lose Weight? Find Out What You Are Really Hungry For (Psychology Today, online August 5, 2013)

It seems too simple that one may make inappropriate food choices because s/he has other issues going on. Certainly I've heard this before, but not for a long, long time. It seems that over the last few years, I find a lot of information about alternatives (Caveman Diet, anyone?), and a lot of scientific evidence indicating one should eat better and lose weight to prevent strokes, Alzheimer's, just about everything. (Sometimes right next to ads for the newest triple-patty-bacon-burger with cheese from Burger Biggie*. No cognitive dissonance there.) But that doesn't defeat my issue, which is "I just don't WANNA." Most of the time, good food choices all seem like a heaping serving of denial, and no one finds that terribly palatable. But maybe there's something else going on, and if I got to the bottom of that, I'd do better with food.

I think about this because I had one of those moments at the gym this week. I got to the end of the workout with my trainer, finishing up bicep curls, which kinda killed me, and I said "That felt good, but I probably couldn't do a single push-up now." My trainer said, "I bet you could do TEN of 'em." So ... I got down on the floor and did ten, all with good form. After the congratulations on this feat, which my trainer said only means I'm stronger than I think, he gave me a pep talk about how well I'm doing and that the food situation would fall into place someday. I know I'm doing pretty well physically; I can see signs in my shoulders and arms, and in my calves now. Most of what's in between still has a pretty thick layer of tubbiness, though, because my eating is still a mess. I guess it's good to be in better shape to heft my bulk around, but that's probably not enough to avoid all those ills. Nagging myself isn't helping; nagging never does, does it? But maybe some other mental activity would. Who knows.

It might be worth me spending some time thinking about this. Maybe at a coffeehouse with a nice mocha latte and a muffin ....

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* "Burger Biggie" was my Mom's term for the whole group of chain fast food burger places. At least, I think she invented it.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this and your thoughts on it.

Just keep doing what you are doing and you will return to sveltness in due time.

In researching articles for "WolfMama's Kitchen," I have learned that 1. not every food plan is appropriate for everyone--one's ethnic background and biochemistry has to be taken into consideration when choosing one and 2. while a chosen plan may increase the odds of avoiding heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, there are no guarantees. I could extensively list people I know who did their best nutritionally to avoid the above-named scourges, but still succumbed to them.

I also know people who are pretty fulfilled and eat horrid diets and people who can't find their direction or their true desires and eat fabulously. Go figure.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this and your thoughts on it.

Just keep doing what you are doing and you will return to sveltness in due time.

In researching articles for "WolfMama's Kitchen," I have learned that 1. not every food plan is appropriate for everyone--one's ethnic background and biochemistry has to be taken into consideration when choosing one and 2. while a chosen plan may increase the odds of avoiding heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, there are no guarantees. I could extensively list people I know who did their best nutritionally to avoid the above-named scourges, but still succumbed to them.

I also know people who are pretty fulfilled and eat horrid diets and people who can't find their direction or their true desires and eat fabulously. Go figure.

Fran (sorry if it double posts)
songdogmi
Aug. 14th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Fran. :) There is so much information out there about food, nutrition, and health, and a lot of it conflicts with itself or with our experience. It's confusing. I'm hoping to make incremental changes, inching my way along. It's hard though, especially when life keeps throwing curveballs (as it has very recently done, again).

I remember the days when I would run 15 miles a week, and eat anything I wanted, and it was fine. But that was when I was 21. (When I was 21, it was a very good year....)

P.S. to others: Fran's blog The Wolf Mama's Kitchen has food stuff and doggy stuff and down-to-earth goodness.

Edited at 2013-08-14 04:27 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks, Charlie! Fran
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