Archive for the ‘Emotional Eating’ Category

CHANGE, And Your Weight Will Change, Too!

Monday, January 24th, 2011 by Fable

Ok, I know you’re sick of hearing the word. And it became this political badmitton. BUT I feel like one of those old people who won’t get a cell phone or use the Internet when I fight changes now. In my industry, change is the “watchword”. Change or die, evolve or perish, moving on….

Well, as I have evolved in my weight management, I realize that most of my RULES are STUPID. I’m now having a ball just changing everything. I’ll try to eat almost anything, to challenge and see if I really don’t like it or was it just bad that one time I tried it before. And if it’s healthy for me, can I work it in my diet in a sneaky way so I won’t actually have to CHEW it! Whatever it takes by the end of this year I will be eating more exciting food and be thinner and healthier because I have embraced not just change, but  ”CONSTANT CHANGE .”

I have only had FUN doing this, probably because I was asking for the changes, not someone else. But I am having fun. And I have to eat gluten-free so I have some limitations, but not as many as you would think. So change your food today, and tomorrow, and the next day. Don’t be afraid to order new stuff. I promise the restaurant has something else if you hate it, and the supermarket won’t run out if you need to toss something.

Tell me what YOU changed, and how it made you feel. It’s scary at first, but soon you’ll learn to look forward to it.

Every Ounce Counts,

Fable

Losing Weight 101- What’s Eating You?

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 by Fable

So today I handled a situation that I normally would have stressed about for months and let the constant aggravation make me crazy. I would usually suck up the disregarding attitude toward me and wait and hope the person would do the right thing. I simply stated the options that were available now that worked for me.

One option put me in a worse financial state, and the other one, much better. But going in, I knew either way MY LIFE would be better. I CHOSE HAPPINESS. I chose it over money and convenience. I stood up for me, what was right, and HAPPINESS. I love that word.

So why tell you all this? Because it screams out “the monster under the bed” of why we overeat. “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE EATING, IT’S WHAT’S EATING YOU.” So I ask you today, find a quiet space and write down a list of what’s eating you. Split this list into 3 sections. Title them Handle It Today, Handle It This Month, and find a way to Handle It All Together.

This last section is for the big stuff, a job you can’t leave right away, a relationship, an illness, or a behavior on your part you are struggling with.

Under Handle It Today, you might just be moving your desk at work, or throwing something away that gets in your way, or planning a night out with the girls that will give a spot of HAPPINESS on the horizon (this is HUGE for me- I must have my next happy spot on the calendar). By the time you get through the first two sections your emotional muscles will be strong enough to support you through the last section.

If a pencil holder is in a place that bugs you… move it. If a person is in a place that bugs you … move that, too.

Fable

Remember- Every ounce Counts

How To Help Teens Deal With Obesity

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 by Fable

Teen obesity is a very delicate area for me- I was heavy when I was younger, at many different times.

What I want to get across to any parent raising a child who is heavy is this: Your part in helping your child is limited only to creating a tool box for them. Usually, you are not going to be the person who can teach them to live differently.

Just like you probably can’t teach them piano- kids need OTHER TEACHERS. You as a parent are CONSTANTLY TEACHING and they need a NEUTRAL advocate for this. Actually, they need many different people who do many different things to reach this goal. So, here are some of the tools for the tool box.

You’re the biggest tool, and the way to use yourself is to be an example. Try to NEVER SPEAK of weight loss around your child.

Don’t point out who’s doing the right thing (they know already). Go exercise (don’t invite them). Eat right, cook right, don’t tell them to eat this or that. Slowly remove the really bad stuff from the kitchen and if they ask, say “it was too tempting for me.”

MODEL ONLY, NO PREACHING. Next tool is go do things, be too busy to hang around the house and eat. Be so busy that you have to only grab something to share and tide you over until lunch or dinner. Try asking as a family if there is something you all want to buy, like a Seadoo (yes, an expensive toy, that gets you all out and using your body- very fun). Or a killer vacation that you want to take.

But in order to do this, you have to find the money from somewhere. So you all make some sacrifices- as in no more soda, no wine, eating out only twice a week, and share meals. You can see where I’m going. Set a goal that has nothing to do with losing pounds, just happy shifts in your life. You as a parent, go get food allergy tested. Everyone should. And as you discover your own food guidelines, you can then ask your child to get tested for health reasons ONLY.

Again NEVER say it will help you lose weight! Another tool is a friend or family member they love who you can ask to do things with that are FUN AND USE THEIR BODY (paintball , swimming, off-roading, ocean kayaking). Have someone your child respects ask them if they have tried a personal trainer. Make sure this person assures your child you would be glad to pay for it- a few sessions at a time if they ended up ENJOYING IT.

This cannot be work. We are looking to help your child find JOY in using their body.

Water… drink it, have it around and find a way to get it in your kid.

MONEY… Pay them to eat a salad before every meal you serve them. Kids love their own money. But you have to eat the salad too- be the model.

ASK THEM FOR HELP … If there is exercise you need to do, see if there is a way to enlist your child to assist you in achieving your goal.

BE SUBTLE- KIDS ARE ALWAYS SMARTER THAN PARENTS THINK THEY ARE. Find out what excites them, moves their emotions, and holds their interest. Figure out how to incorporate more of those things in their life. A happy, engaged kid is rarely overweight.

Remember, this is a life shift for your child and you as parents, and it cannot happen overnight. This is forever, so plan on seeing results here and there, and always moving forward is the ONLY goal.

We at Club Weight Loss will be adding many more suggestions and information for you, so keep checking back. We are sure you will find much needed help here.

Fable

Every Ounce counts

Overeating-One of Life’s Greatest Pleasures

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by admin

If eating is one of the greatest pleasures on earth, then to not overeat is naturally going to be one of the grandest challenges. But no one raised us when we were growing up to be aware of this.  So now, here we are, using food as a filler for the holes in our life. Sometimes I think my meals are the only joy I will have today, so why not make them BIG AND JUICY!

The reality of the pain and suffering of being overweight is staggering. No meal I’ve ever had has ever given me enough pleasure to compensate for the damage the weight has caused. And yet the meal beckons…  So here are a few tricks I use to get back in touch with food on a more friendly basis.

Eat slow and savor your food.

Be creative in your menu.

Let yourself have a few NAUGHTY items to keep you satisfied.

Use all tools available (friends, family, O.A., THE GYM).

Being aware of your triggers, removing temptation, and instead, add things that FILL YOU UP SPIRITUALLY.

We are here for YOU…

Do you use food for comfort? How have you dealt with overeating?

Fable

Every Ounce Counts