What can I say about how I’m relating to food at this point in my recovery? The fact is that sometimes WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD, I DON”T KNOW MYSELF very well. That’s why it’s important for me to check in with others, see what they are doing, connect with a support group, follow a few blogs, and read as much as I can about the disease of compulsive eating and the tricks of the trade that make it possible to change.
Sure, I know what a few of MY TRIGGER FOODS are—they all contain SUGAR—but what else do I need to look out for as I’m working to develop a better plan of eating?
First and foremost, I think I need to remind myself that THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG PROCESS; a happily-ever-after affair, wherein I will be required to commit myself to progress every day and at every meal.
The following is my TOP 10 GO-TO QUESTIONS for keeping focused on weight loss:
1. Have I binged today or considered overeating?
2. Have I eaten secretly, or am I ashamed of anything I have put in my body?
3. Have I tried to numb feelings with food?
4. Have I used food to feel happy, joyful, excited, part of the gang?
5. Have I used a holiday, party, picnic or date as an excuse to pig out?
6. Have I brought trigger foods into the house, or sought them out at other’s homes?
7. Does my food shopping support my goal?
8. Am I actively seeking to surround myself with a support system of like-minded people?
9. Am I still willing to get on the scale everyday, and go back to basics whenever I see a 3 lbs fluctuation in weight that lasts more than 2 days?
10. Am I still wishing I could eat all I want and not gain weight?
How about you, what tips or tricks do you employ to keep you focused and on track with your weight loss? Are you maintaining a big loss? How do you do it?