Food File: March 13 2018

Target Audience: Evangelical Christians

At the end of February I reset my food sobriety with Celebrate Recovery.  It wasn’t a binge that ended almost 7 months of sobriety. It was the realization that I had begun to manipulate boundaries to the extent they were meaningless. This journey continues.

In the middle of May I will be attending a 50th wedding anniversary celebration and have determined to lose at least 25 pounds by then. This is a good and reasonable goal, but I needed a diet plan that I could follow that was manageable. I have never been attracted to, nor had any faith in, fad diets.

For me, the easiest and simplest diet program has always been the Weight Watcher point system. While I have found in recent years Weight Watchers has commercialized (my opinion) their program to the extent that people who need to lose serious weight have trouble because there is almost no way you can screw up. I am not entirely sure why they messed around with their original point system, but it is that system, the original one, which they used from 2002 to 2010, that I found most useful.

Last week, I dropped by my doctor’s office to get weighed and have my blood pressure taken. I am 5’7″ and tipped the scales at 367 pounds. My blood pressure was slightly high, but acceptable. So, according to the old scale at Weight Watchers (WW), I have 36 points per day. When I was actually going to WW, I found that using a range for points was more successful than trying to hit the 36 mark every day. Some days I will eat 32 points while other days I might eat 41 points. In the end, it will usually average out.

What is most important is that I am once again doing something about my weight. Exercise will be a challenge until I drop 25 or 30 pounds, but even at my weight, once I start eating properly, I will have more energy to do routine tasks that will count as exercise. The Daniel Plan, another diet program quite similar in some ways to WW, considers exercise any activity that you do in addition to your current routine. So, if you are extremely sedentary, meaning you move only when necessary, anything you do that is above your normal routine would be considered exercise.

As I begin yet another journey, one of the more significant challenges is fighting phantom hunger. In the first world, I don’t think many people really experience true hunger, as it is known in the third world. I have found that often after I eat a meal, within an hour I think I am hungry again. When I am not on a diet regimen of some kind, I merely reach for a snack. The truth about phantom hunger is that it will go away within about an hour. Often drinking water can help, or just being distracted so my mind is not focused on how I feel at that moment in time.

A few weeks ago I promised a Bible study group that I would stop eating sugary desserts. On that particular day, I had a cinnamon ring for breakfast, a large pizza for lunch, and a box of Timbits for supper. At the Bible study, I ignored the baby carrots and hummus in favor of mini Halloween chocolate bars, and chocolate covered raisins. I am happy to announce that I have not indulged in sugary desserts since that evening.

The battle continues …

 

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