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On exercise, diet and family support

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I was just reading someone's blog, about how they had committed to losing weight / getting fitter as a couple. It's lovely and I am very envious of them. My own experience has been very different.

I find when I mention that I am going to get fitter and eat better my husband suddenly finds a need to buy cakes and biscuits, watch telly eating chocolate and eat pies for lunch several times a week.

The worst example of this was when I discovered my gluten intolerance. Cutting out wheat in particular was a huge change and many days I craved biscuits, bread and cake. So actually having my husband buying them all the time was, shall we say, unhelpful. There were times when temptation was too much and I ate things I knew would make me unwell. (Sometimes including severe stomach cramps and 3 days of acute diarrhoea)

As to exercising together, its a no-no. Either it becomes a competition (He walks faster, runs faster, lifts heavier weights - as you'd expect really so no need to prove it to me) or he won't do it with me. Even if we go for a walk together he goes on ahead. If he does wait for me it is only until I am getting closer and then he's off again.

It used to put me off my diet but finally I have got to a mental place that says what the heck, get of with it on my own.

So finally, the scales are going down. I've started running again (ok, so some might think a 16-minute mile isn't really running but again, what the heck. Whatever they choose to call it, I'm doing it and feeling better for it. And I WILL get faster!) Even better, other people are starting to notice and comment how well I look.

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E1SPAG 6/22/2013 6:41AM

    I read your blog and it hits home. My husband says he supports me but then does not act like he does. This time I am taking control and being firm about preparing meals tha are healthy for me. He can eat the, or not ( he has been but has larger portions and adds bread or another carb and sometimes finishes off with something extra). He is not interested in walking with me but I am doing it on my own and I feel stronger for it. We WILL do it and need to do it for ourselves, not for others. emoticon

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On thinking I want to eat when I don't

Friday, November 02, 2012

Today's Nugget of dieter's wisdom

Something I read earlier: When over-eaters binge they often get a serotonin high. I don't know this is factually true, but it makes some sort of sense to me, so...

When I/you keep going to your well stocked fridge to find something I/you fancy to eat but there isn't anything, you are probably craving the serotonin high that many over-eaters get from food, rather than actual food. So go and do something else which makes you feel good.

(Exercise does it for some people - runner's high, anyone?)

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/3/2012 5:31PM

    DEFINITELY very-fast-walker's high for me!

Thanks for posting such a timely reminder.


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BERGBA7 11/2/2012 8:09AM

    yes, me!

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BECKYSFRIEND 11/2/2012 8:09AM

    emoticon emoticon

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