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Working on food issues

Monday, June 11, 2018

I read the Spark blog about sabotaging diet by overeating at night. I am one of those people. Medication I take upon waking decreases my appetite. I always eat breakfast, and either skip, eat snack or lunch too late. Skipping lunch leads to me eating everything in site at night even if I have afternoon snack. Eating lunch too late and I don't feel hungry at dinnertime and sometime skip it.

I have known for years that I have food issues. It started when I was school age. My mom worked full time and didn't make my lunch or give me money to buy lunch. So I grabbed cracker or went hungry until school was over. Then, I would eat from after school until bedtime. I was a student council member in high school, had lunch duty and skipped lunch. I grabbed a snack when I went home to change for work when I was high school junior. The pattern of skipping lunch and eating at night continued in adulthood due to working long hours. After marriage I was busy caring for family, house and working outside the home.

I gained a lot of weight after industrial injury and surgeries. Doctors insisting the weight gained was due to eating too much. Advice that continues to this day. One doctor ( a swimmer like me) instructed me to eat 1,000 calories daily.

I joined a gym a short time later. Exercising like other members and not losing weight led to me finding trainer/nutritionist. He asked me to keep a daily food log that he checked every two weeks. He already knew my exercise routine since it was logged on gym computer. He was the first to tell me I wasn't eating enough food daily to lose weight. He was very patient while it took a year for me to learn to eat three meals daily. I lost inches, not weight and felt better, but returned to my old way of eating when he left.

I log food but never make my daily calorie goal. I decided to make changes after reading celebrity's book about food issues. I eat three meals on work days, but struggle on gym days. My swim classes are from noon until 2 pm. I can't eat before swimming. So either I eat late lunch or snack after swimming. Then, I am not hungry at dinnertime, but starving and eat before bed. Saturday is another day I don't eat three meals since I sleep in and eat late breakfast.

I ate three meals yesterday since I swam early and there was food at knitting group. I need to continue this practice all week. I made lunch for gym tomorrow and plan to knit after dinner to keep me out of kitchen. It would feel great to be a few pounds lighter when my doctor weighs me in the beginning of July.
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    Oh geez, I know what you mean! I used to and still can sabotage myself with night eating if I don’t plan ahead. I’m going to do a blog on this whole thing right now and dedicate it to you.
    1101 days ago
    Good for you for looking at habits, getting help to analyze and correct, and recognizing that something needs to change!
    1104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2018 7:09:57 PM
    Great blog! Change is hard! Keep up the good work! Debbie
    1104 days ago
    It's really challenging to change lifelong habits, but it can be done. You've done one of the biggest steps forward by looking back at the roots of the habit. Knowledge = empowerment.
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    1104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2018 8:51:26 AM
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