Day 106 – Mindless Eating Matters – May 11, 2016 – Losing weight has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced. For many years, I was able to eat whatever I wanted too without concern. Sure, I gained a few pounds from my 20’s to my 30’s but that wasn’t so bad because there was a time when I was so thin that I looked unhealthy. From my 30’s to my 40’s, I gained a little more weight but I exercised and I felt good.
Luck or Hereditary?
One could say that I was either lucky to be thin in my younger days or that it was hereditary. I thought it was hereditary. My mother’s side was heavy and my father’s side was thin. I thought I was “lucky” to take after my father’s side. All was good until menopause came along. Good ole’ menopause at the age of 44. I went off the birth control pill and was thrown into menopause. That is when my life and my weight changed.
I gained 20 pounds within a year. And as my life and lifestyle changed, I continued to gain weight. My highest point was 185. I dropped to 161 and then gained weight again up to 175 pounds. On January 25, 2016, at 175 pounds, I finally decided to get serious about losing weight and I started this blog, Facing MY FAT.
When I was young and thin, I enjoyed mindless eating. I didn’t realize that I was eating mindlessly. I just ate what I wanted and since my weight wasn’t an issue, I didn’t have to think about it.
Mindless eating is eating without paying adequate attention to what and how much is being eaten.
After menopause when I gained a lot of weight, you would think that I would start paying attention to how much food I was consuming, but I did not. It wasn’t until I reached 185 pounds that I put on the breaks and started going to Weight Watcher’s meetings. I lost weight and learned a lot but I did not like counting and tracking points.
I left Weight Watchers to join Jazzercise. I lost more weight at first but then I slowly started to revert back to mindless eating and I started gaining weight again.
Mindless eating for me was eating large portions of food, sweet carbs, fried foods, salty foods, baked goods every week, desserts of any kind, candy, ice cream and much more. I never considered what I ate a binge because I didn’t binge on any one food but I definitely ate too much food and made too many unhealthy choices.
Losing weight takes a conscious and consistent effort and a very strong commitment.
- Am I really hungry or do I just want to eat?
- What type of food do I purchase and prepare?
- What snacks should I eat?
- What meals should I order and in what restaurants?
- How much sugar is in my food?
- How much sodium is in my food?
- Is the fat in my food healthy fat?
- Are there enough healthy carbs in my meals and snacks?
- How much should I eat?
- When should I eat?
- Is there a special way to combine the foods I eat?
- How much exercise do I need to burn off what I eat?
Day 106 – Mindless Eating Matters
I can think of many scenarios whereby a conscious effort and commitment is required to achieve one’s goals. Athletes have to plan their exercise and their meals to be fit for competition. In most careers and trades, a commitment to learning, education and training is necessary to be proficient and successful. Many careers require continued education to hone skills and further goals.
If we floated through our lives doing everything mindlessly, I don’t think we would get very far or accomplish very much.
The same can be said for losing weight. Losing weight is not something that is done mindlessly. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Every day, every meal, every snack, every bite presents the opportunity to either help achieve one’s goal of losing weight or not. It’s as simple as that. And yet it’s not.
Losing weight can be hard to do. Losing weight is about changing habits and about committing to a new way of eating. It is not easy to do but it is possible.
Losing weight requires a mindful commitment and a lot of patience. There are goods days and not so good days and some days I feel like I am riding a roller coaster. My weigh-in days are a prime example.
Mindless eating does matter. Because if we continue to eat mindlessly, we will continue to stress our bodies until we become unhealthy. Unhealthy can mean being overweight or being anorexic. Either way, if our bodies become unhealthy, we become susceptible to the diseases of aging ~ diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and more. Eating too much or too little is unhealthy and will eventually take its toll. We may think it happened overnight but it probably has been coming on for years.
Eating in a mindful way is now what I strive to do. It’s not easy and it takes a concerted effort. I do believe that mindful eating is the only way I will continue to lose weight and reach my goals.
Mindless eating matters, one way or the other.
Facing MY FAT,
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