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?


Annette said...

You actually run? I walk really fast. lol I am glad you are back. It seems to help to share our journey.

Nandini Voice for the Deprived said...

I like your post very much i had nice time while reading your post

Anonymous said...

Charlie, I have been reading your blog and want to congratulate you on getting back on track with your goals as it is never easy. I came across a couple books that I think would inspire you and keep the positive attitude going. You should check out Dr. Marcia Sirota's books: Emotional Overeating as well as her latest book Loving Heart, Quiet Mind, Healthy Body. I think you could really benefit from these! Keep up the good work!

Ashia said...

I've been reading your blog and wondered if you'd post an update. I am new to OA and hungry (haha) for others' experiences. How are things going for you? Do you need a nudge to get back into program?

Samantha said...

Where are you?