I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. I’m not obese, but often I carry extra pounds with me that I should not be carrying. This extra weight effects how I feel and how I see myself.
Most of my adult years can be summed up like this:
Weight goes up. Weight goes down. Weight goes up. Weight goes down.
Seeing that, most people would think I am a yo-yo dieter. I’m not. In fact, I don’t diet at all. The closest I have been to dieting would be cutting out all added sugar, and my attempt to complete a Whole 30. Both are lifestyle changes, as opposed to diets. While weight loss was not the goal of either of these changes, it was an added bonus. The problem is, I didn’t stick to either long term.
Whether I am stressed, frustrated, angry or just sad, food is my go to for comfort.
I know that emotional hunger is dangerous to feed. However, I also know that after a stressful day at work, that has been interrupted with a phone call from the my sons school, nothing satisfies or calms better than chocolate or ice cream.
So where do I go from here?
I am not happy with the place I am in right now. I see the problem and recognise it. I know things I can do to fix it, and I have had short term success in the past. I just have to commit to making the complete lifestyle change.
The times I committed in the short term, I have truly never felt better. Last summer, I was attempting a Whole 30 (I think I made it 25 days) and I felt amazing. Admittedly I was doing Crossfit at the same time and that was also a factor. Cutting out foods has never been a challenge for me when I am determined.
Cold turkey it is.