I meant to mention in the previous post about something that has been more helpful than I previously thought. I do think I have mentioned it before, but since I’ve been thinking about it recently, it bears mentioning again. And that is the surprising help I got from using the workbook “Do you use food to cope?”
I grew up as the firstborn child. And I don’t know if it was that, or just my inborn personality type, but it was important to me to be calm and in control. When I made myself use this workbook (yes, I had to MAKE myself fill in the blanks, and think about the questions they were asking,) I realized that there were situations in my childhood that were out of my control, and made me very anxious, and that is when I turned to food.
Since then, I have said “I am anxious” more times than I ever did in my entire life before doing the workbook! But what I have been most aware of recently is that I identify being anxious about a certain situation or event, but there is NO thought at all of wanting to eat anything. I think that is because the eating was about denying or avoiding the anxiety. Now that I identlfy it, there is no need to eat. How about that? I posted about my workbook experiences here and here.
That’s all. Maybe along the same lines, one of our ‘own,’ a blogger, has come out with a new book where he evidently talks a lot about the mental aspect of losing weight–Transformation Road, by Sean Anderson. Thanks for mentioning it, Jane! I went ahead and ordered it on my Kindle and I will get it downloaded on my Starbuck’s trip this afternoon! Loretta wrote a really good review of it here. I am looking forward to reading it.