Weight loss secrets…*puh-leeze*

This is going to be a venting post.  Is anyone else sick of those ads that say that found the “secret” to weight loss and the “key” to staying thin???

Here’s the real key:  eat less, work out more, or do both.

That’s the secret!  Hard work, discipline, determination, and making good choices!!!  This is why I LOVE weight watchers because it helps you do these things in a supportive environment (if you go to the meetings, which I would suggest) and keeps you accountable.  Life happens, things aren’t always cookie cutter or perfect.  But this is possible, weight loss is possible, but it takes US doing OUR part to make good, healthy decisions and choices and putting the work in to reach our health goals.

Sometimes that means counseling, or therapy; sometimes that means seeing a pastor or other clergy member to help work out past issues that drive us to eat emotionally or impulsively.  Lets be real, we ALL have some issues that drive us to use food as a blanket or a way to assuage our pain.

This journey is one of complete wholeness.  Physically, mentally, and spiritually.  We have to win the battle in our minds before we win it in our bodies!!!

Ok, that is all :p  ❤ ya’ll!!

Excuses, Excuses – Follow Up

Ok, so in my last post, Excuses, Excuses, I said I was going to make better eating decisions even though it was test week and my period was about to start.  How did I do you ask?  Not so good.  Horrible.  It’s not just enough to say, “Ok, I ate terribly, whatever, I’ll do better next time.”  Yes, it’s true that you have to exercise self-control at all times and make healthy decisions regardless of circumstance.  But if you never address the underlying issue, you will never overcome overeating/binging etc.  People rarely overeat or under-eat just for funsies.  There is always something else going on, and that something else needs to be dealt with!

So what is it for me?  Well, as I said, I was about to start my period.  For the longest I have feared that I have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).  Besides the depressed mood and labile affect, there is also a component of “Marked change in appetite, overeating, or specific food cravings” according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).  So that is what I need to deal with.  I already saw my doctor and will be starting OCPs.  I’m also going to do thought replacement and when I have these urges and cravings (it gets bad sometimes ya’ll!) I will distract myself with another activity and keep bad food out of my apartment and replace them with fruits and vegetables.  I will also make better efforts to pack my lunch so I don’t have to grab fast food while I’m away from home.

It’s so important to not make this about food, but about overall mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Slowly but surely, we’ll get there 🙂

❤ Rhea