active but still overeating...
July 1, 2009 7:39 PM Subscribe
Very obese woman. Gone from entirely sedentary to going to the gym 4 days a week over the past year. Lost inches but not a whole lot of weight considering my new level of activity. Problem lies in eating....
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (55 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I come from a family of morbidly obese people and over eaters so I have a slew of bad habits and difficult genes. I, however, am restructuring my life and trying to get my weight down and have successfully tackled a huge part of it, which was my inactivity. I went from having difficulty doing 15 lame (ie. little to no resistance, not pedaling very quickly) minutes on the recumbent bike to now being able to go hard (120-140 strides per minute, high inclines, resistance, etc) on crosstrainer/ellipitical machines for 45-60 minutes. I've lost a little over 30 pounds which seems like very little considering how far I have come fitness-wise and how much I need to lose. Up until this point I have tried to cut back in my food and make smarter choices, but my focus has really been the activity half of it. I need to tackle my eating more directly.
I have joined FitDay and am going to start tracking my eating as I am (I believe) a compulsive eater. I frankly think it will help, just seeing what and how much I am putting into my mouth, but I need to find a way to retrain myself and my eating habits. I have the knowledge about proper eating habits, nutrition, portions, etc. but have difficulty putting it into practice in any long term way.
Can anyone suggest tips/books/what worked for them to truly become aware of what they are eating, as well as killing intense cravings and addressing the psychological aspect of over eating?
FWIW - I live in a tiny rural area so any sort of support group or therapy option doesn't exist for me, and even if it were that isn't what I'm looking for. Also, I have never been one to eat chips or chocolate or fast food. The food I eat, for the most part, is veggie filled healthy stuff. My problem is mostly in portion sizes and picking/snacking in the evenings.
I know weight can be a touchy issue so I created a throwaway email account activelyeating @ gmail.com if you want to remain anonymous.