achieving weight loss

as you know, one of the things that i assist people with is dealing with overeating, undereating and related food issues.

often we really cling to the food – giving up that chocolate bar in the afternoon or the bag of chips while watching TV just seems too, too much. food has become such a good friend, and we tend to cling to that friend even more when we’re stressed out or otherwise ill at ease. of course that makes losing weight and eating in a more healthy really difficult.

what can be helpful here is to put some time aside – it doesn’t take much, even 10 minutes will do – and write down when we eat in such a way, what we feel, exactly what we do, and how we can substitute unhealthy eating behaviours with more helpful, healthy behaviours.

you know those troubleshooting lists they have in equipment manuals? (“if your printer spits ink, don’t panic, turn the power off, and replace the ink cartridge”). it’s a little like that. we can write our own troubleshooting manual.

here’s an example:

when:
my son is out playing hockey and my husband works late

what i feel:
lonely, bored

what i do:
make stacks of peanut butter jelly sandwiches and eat them in front of the TV

what i can do instead:
go into the bedroom, light a candle, turn on some nice music, and sit on the bed and solve crossword puzzles

if overeating is a problem for you – the people at chicago personal trainers, who have a very extensive web site chock full with health tips, have a checklist you can download for this purpose.

good luck!

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

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  5. Phoenix

    I need to lose weight, there I said it. I'd love to start a weekly motivation group with the goal of documenting our weight loss.

    I was thinking we could do one layout a week with different weight loss topics.

    The first topic is:

    Title Page with a current picture and your current weight and goal weight (you may want to blur these before posting online.) I plan on printing this one and putting it on my bathroom mirror, although the fridge would be a better place!

    Who else is on board with me???

    A couple more things, we need to figure out a night for a weekly motivation chat AND I'd love to have a nifty little name for us like:
    PAW- Pound a Week
    CHEESE- Choose Health Exercise Eating Sensible Everyday

    I'm sure you can come up with something better!

  6. Phoenix

    I need to lose weight, there I said it. I'd love to start a weekly motivation group with the goal of documenting our weight loss.

    I was thinking we could do one layout a week with different weight loss topics.

    The first topic is:

    Title Page with a current picture and your current weight and goal weight (you may want to blur these before posting online.) I plan on printing this one and putting it on my bathroom mirror, although the fridge would be a better place!

    Who else is on board with me???

    A couple more things, we need to figure out a night for a weekly motivation chat AND I'd love to have a nifty little name for us like:
    PAW- Pound a Week
    CHEESE- Choose Health Exercise Eating Sensible Everyday

    I'm sure you can come up with something better!

  7. Nancy

    lol – I read this, as I’m eating a Purdy’s Sweet Georgia, at just past midnight — it was part of the box I was supposed to take to a party, but I couldn’t resist, and opened it instead!

    i’d like to read more about this topic on your blog. You know where I live — and it’s starting to feel weird to me, to chronically overeat, and eat non-nutritional food (per above!) when there are people all around me who are emaciated.

    Nancy’s last blog post..Saturday Case Study: the other side of dealing drugs and financial implications

  8. Nancy

    lol – I read this, as I’m eating a Purdy’s Sweet Georgia, at just past midnight — it was part of the box I was supposed to take to a party, but I couldn’t resist, and opened it instead!

    i’d like to read more about this topic on your blog. You know where I live — and it’s starting to feel weird to me, to chronically overeat, and eat non-nutritional food (per above!) when there are people all around me who are emaciated.

    Nancy’s last blog post..Saturday Case Study: the other side of dealing drugs and financial implications

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