Thursday, May 1, 2014

Unlinking Food and Exercise?

My name is Charlie, and I'm a compulsive overeater.

::Hi, Charlie!::

I have been working with my sponsor to figure out the best approach to eating. I've been counting calories and exercise... making sure that after everything is added up I don't consume more than 1760 net calories in a given day. That's to lose about a pound per week. The challenge is that - if left to my own choices throughout the day - I will completely ignore fruits and vegetables. So now my food plan has been changed to include a mandate that I eat 4 vegetable servings and two fruit servings a day. I think this could work for me.

there's the whole exercise thing. I'm not a big sports guy. Exercise does not one naturally to me. BUT when faced with the idea that I've eaten all my calories for the day, it's amazing how I will be motivated to go run 3-4 miles.

I decided that I needed to rest my legs yesterday. That meant I would only get to eat my 1760 calories. I ate fine. But then after dinner I was really restless... I was a little angry that I couldn't eat more. I considered just ignoring my calorie count. I thought about eating an apple... healthy, you know?

I had told my sponsor that I was dreading a day without running for that very reason, and she recommended I write about it. So here I am.

I am thinking I might need to unlink food and exercise. I really don't want to, but is that what my HP is encouraging me to do?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Back Again... Again

My name is Charlie, and I'm a compulsive overeater.

::Hi, Charlie!::

I'm also back in OA, which is a relief to me. And I'm abstinent. In fact, today is Day 38. I've lost 12 pounds. I'm working the steps with a sponsor. I'm running again, working toward a half marathon in July. I'm planning an 11-mile run for tomorrow morning.

These are all miracles.

I plan to be back here more often from now on... working out all that's happening in my life. I appreciate those of you who prayed for me and commented after my last post. Thank you.