Why I Eat When I’m Not Hungry

There are a lot of reasons for people to eat when they are not hungry.  My main reasons are:

  1. Boredom
  2. Taste
  3. Comfort

If I am going to be successful in my weight loss journey, I have to find a way to deal with the craving to eat when I am not hungry.  I have to find another way to fill that desire.  I need replacement behaviors like:

  1. Change tasks
  2. Take a Walk
  3. Talk to Someone

Do you struggle with the desire to eat when you are not hungry?  If so, how do you handle your cravings?

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Virtual 5k’s

When I started my weight loss journey I was participating in 5k races.  I usually came in last, but I kept trying and was determined to improve.

Finally, I was able to get weight loss surgery.  I was excited, because I would be able to lose weight faster and increase my odds of winning in my category (females aged 45-49).

Unfortunately, I injured my knee.  The meniscus was torn in two places, the kneecap was damaged, and there were other issues.  I had surgery to repair the damage and was hoping for a full recovery.

However, the doctor said I shouldn’t run or do any high-impact activities on a regular basis.  My knee will always be sensitive and prone to injury.

I was depressed by this whole situation, until I discovered virtual 5k’s.  Basically, you register for the event online and complete the run on your own.  It can be done outdoors, on a treadmill, or even on an elliptical.

The elliptical is low impact and will not damage my knee, so this is great for me.  You can even get cool prizes for every event you complete.

Once again, I am excited to have something in which I can participate, get prizes, and feel proud of achieving.

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Bariatric Mindset Success

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Kristin Lloyd is a social worker that struggled with her weight, so she had bariatric surgery.  She now offers counseling to others who are going through the surgery process.

She is relatable and her vast experience makes her a great candidate to teach others about bariatric surgery.  In her book, she shares her personal experiences, advice on how to succeed, and warnings about common pitfalls.

My favorite quote from the book is, “Having weight loss surgery is the first step in breaking out of the victim cycle, because this means you are acting and doing something to take back control over yourself and your life.”

The Sleeved Life by Pennie Nicola

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Pennie Nicola had gastric sleeve surgery and wrote this book to help others who are considering the surgery or who have recently had the surgery.  Her book is full of useful advice on how to decide if the surgery is right for you, picking a surgeon, and on how to succeed after the surgery.

She sums up her book with seven rules for the sleeved life.

  1.  East less than full capacity
  2. Never eat and drink at the same time
  3. Exercise 4-6 times a week
  4. Keep carbs low
  5. Eat protein first
  6. Drink a lot of water
  7. Allow 20-30 minutes for a meal