Control Is Good
Knowing how much you really need to eat is half the battle. Mankind is in trouble. Weight is on the rise. But everywhere you go you are reminded that you need to buy food, eat food, enjoy food.
We no longer eat to stay alive. We eat for fun, for something to do, because we can. In turn a lot of that food is designed to be addictive and designed to not fill you up, so you are always going back for more.
As a general rule I am not an unhealthy eater. I home cook most days, I rarely eat snacks or junk food and budgets mean eating out is a very rare treat. But I don’t have a particularly active lifestyle although mentally I am always busy. So my calorie requirements are low. But I am still eating too much.
Two weeks and 4 days ago as I piled on yet another pound to a shocking 180lbs. That’s nearly 13st. I have NEVER been this heavy. I was depressed. I was obsessed with how I looked. I did not like it. So I decided enough was enough. I needed to relearn how much food I actually needed and get used to filling my time with things that didn’t involve eating.
Straight away I knocked out breakfast and lunch. Instead – 2 pieces of fruit and as much tea, water and squash as I needed. Within two days I was barely thinking about food. I realised I didn’t need it. I felt fine. Evening dinner is the same as before. And I look forward to it.
I feel less lethargic, trimmer, all that bloating feeling has gone. I’ve realised that if I am bored, eating does not improve that or increase the quality of my day. It makes me feel guilty and that is the vicious circle I was finding myself in.
I haven’t yet upped my activity levels. I am hoping the enthusiasm will return now that the weight has started to come off. If anything it will accelerate my weight loss which has to be a motive on its own.
So the question is how much have I lost? So today I was 175.25lbs so that’s a loss of just over 5lbs. That means I’m on my way to losing half a stone in 3 weeks. I haven’t made any drastic changes. And the changes I have made are not a diet, they are a lifestyle change. Unless I up my physical activity, I do not need to consumer more than I do. It’s about mental and physical control and rationalising as to why you think you need something.
If weight gain was not an issue I would eat all day every day. I love food. I love the taste and the texture. I love exploring taste and food. It’s fun, it’s nice. But it’s not an option if I value my health. And realistically food is not upping my quality of life.