Twelve Tips To Shed Pounds: Not What I Needed…

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

I saw this poster on Symphony of Awesomeness. It’s from an article on PostiveMed and it reminded me of how it felt to be so desperate.

12 Tips To Shed Pounds from Starling Fitness

Here are the 12 Tips:

  1. Water: Drink lots of it. Before meals and between meals. Dehydration often masks itself as hunger.

  2. Eat Your Calories: Don’t drink them, except for healthy smoothies. No sodas (even diet)or most juices. Eat your fruit when possible, the extra fiber helps you feel full.

  3. Use Smaller Plates: And a bigger spoon or fork. Trick your body into thinking you are eating more food. If you see a plate filled with food your brain thinks, “Wow, I just ate a whole plate of food.”

  4. Pile Up Your Food: Heap your food into a tall pile, same philosophy as above, a tall pile of veggies looks much bigger.

  5. Veggies First: Put your vegetables on your plate first. They should cover about half of it.

  6. Make It Look Bigger: If you eat half a chicken breast and save half for another meal, cut it the long way so it looks bigger.

  7. Spice It Up! Spicy food fools your taste buds into being more satisfied with smaller amounts. Tip: Sprinkle popcorn with a spicy pepper blend, delicious!

  8. No Fad Diets: Starvation mode freaks your body out so that it holds onto every fat cell for dear life. In case you need it later.

  9. Love Yourself: If you don’t love yourself heavy, you won’t love yourself skinny either. It’s not a magic fix-all for problems, you did not get heavy overnight, you will not lose it overnight either.

  10. Change Your Life: There is no magic cure, the ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off is to consistently burn more calories than you take in. It’s a life change, not a two week change.

  11. Make It A Mantra: Today I will eat food that nourishes my body and makes me feel good I will do some gentle exercise to stretch my muscles because I deserve the best I can do for myself.

  12. Keep Track of Inches: When you think you have hit a plateau in weight loss its your body exchanging fat for muscle. Muscle tissue is half the size of fat and burned calories more effortlessly.

These are all valid tips, but not ONE of them could help me when I was at my worst. Eating disorders don’t need tips. I could drink water and use small plates, but that didn’t stop me from bingeing. I didn’t need tips. I needed a complete overhaul of my spiritual and emotional life. Going through the steps with my sponsor gave me that and I work on it EVERY day now.

The funny thing is, when I take care of the emotional and spiritual side of my life, I don’t need to worry about the physical aspects. I don’t want to binge. I don’t need tips to shed pounds. They just came off because I didn’t feel the CONSTANT need to eat anymore.

Every time I see tips like this now, it’s just reminds me of how hopeless I felt before I found Overeater’s Anonymous.

Overeater’s Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog. I speak only of my personal experience and not for OA as a whole.


There Is No Diet

By Laura Moncur @ 6:52 pm — Filed under:

I saw this motivational poster on thefitnesselements and I didn’t know what to think about it.

There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does. From Starling Fitness

It reads:

There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does.

This seemed like arguing semantics to me. ANY plan of eating you choose could be considered your diet. Any plan of healthy eating is, in fact, a diet.

Then again, this poster does remind me of a truth that I have found.

Diets just don’t appeal to me anymore.

I used to scour fitness magazines and book stores, looking for “inspiration.” Whenever eating healthy became hard, I would look for a new way of eating that would solve my problems. Until I learned the truth about my eating disorder.

It’s NEVER About The Food

Whenever I am having a hard time eating healthy, I know that something ELSE is wrong in my life. Maybe I was rude to someone and didn’t apologize. Maybe I was hurt by something someone said. Maybe I am holding onto a grudge or resentment that I just need to let go.

Whatever my problem, it is NEVER about the food. If I am tempted to eat poorly, I do NOT need a new diet. I need to apologize to someone, forgive them or accept them as they are. There is something in my life emotionally that I need to deal with, not a diet.

The truth is, it’s also never about the exercise either. Whenever I am tempted to really bump up my exercise program, that is yet ANOTHER indication that something is off in my life. I don’t need to increase my speed or do hill work. I need to apologize to someone, forgive them or accept them as they are.

This motivational poster is RIGHT. There is no diet that can do what healthy eating does. In fact, diets and new exercise regimes can’t do anything for me except give me a clue that something else is amiss in my life.


American Medical Review Profile of Overeaters Anonymous

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

This video is a profile of Overeater’s Anonymous by American Medical Review in 2010. It is a good introduction into the program. Fast forward to the 1:10 minute mark to skip past the cheesy graphics and announcer.

This video isn’t a replacement for attending meetings. It’s just an introduction. Nothing can replace the fellowship of other people with eating disorders. If this gave you hope, find a meeting here:

If the idea that your eating disorder is a spiritual problem (not just a physical and emotional one) bothers you, read this series of entries about how I found recovery without believing in God.

There is hope for you. You just need to be brave enough to get yourself to a meeting.

Overeater’s Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog. I speak only of my personal experience and not for OA as a whole.


Overeaters Anonymous Public Service Announcement

By Laura Moncur @ 10:58 am — Filed under:

I just saw this little public Service Announcement for Overeater’s Anonymous. It’s a really good depiction of what it felt like to be powerless over food. It wasn’t dramatic, it just was THERE ALL THE TIME. I NEEDED to be eating everywhere: at work, at home, at the park, in the car, EVERYWHERE.

Overeater’s Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog. I speak only of my personal experience and not for OA as a whole.


Hoping for a Taco Truck

By Laura Moncur @ 1:52 pm — Filed under:

I saw this screenshot from the video game, Animal Crossing on redribbonpresents and it made me laugh out loud.

Hoping for a Taco Truck from Starling Fitness

It reads:

I think I’ll just sit down and hope that a taco truck drives up and serves me delicious tacos.

That’s not a really good food plan, Ankha.

Then again, how many times have I done the EXACT same thing. I refuse to plan my meals because I want the “freedom” to eat what I feel like. That’s EXACTLY like sitting down and hoping for a taco truck to come along. If I want to eat what I feel like eating, I have to PLAN it! Why did it take a screenshot from a child’s video game to remind me of that?!


There’s No Pumpkin In Pumpkin Spice Flavoring

By Laura Moncur @ 1:55 pm — Filed under:

I knew that there couldn’t possibly be actual pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin M&M’s, but this video made that stunningly clear to me.

So, pumpkin flavoring is made from a concoction of chemicals that mimic the taste and mouth feel of pumpkin. Even the option that I suggested in my entry, Beware The Pumpkin Spice Latte, is the same concoction of chemicals, they’re just provided in a sugar-free format that is much less expensive than the coffees at Starbucks.

More importantly, is the manipulation from the food industry with LTOs. Limited Time Offers are foods that are only available certain times of the year. This is NOT a new thing. Cadbury Creme Eggs and Peeps during Easter, fruitcake during Christmas and even turkey and stuffing during Thanksgiving are all foods that are only available for limited times. How many times have I overeaten because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get that food again for a year?

Too many to count.

The problem is PERCEIVED SCARCITY. We could cook a turkey any time, but we only have them at Thanksgiving. We could buy that Torani Pumpkin Pie Sugar Free Syrup for our coffee at any time, but Starbucks has somehow convinced us that it is only available in the fall. None of these things are actually scarce. The food manufacturers use marketing and self-imposed limits to make them scarce and even create hoarding.


There is no pumpkin in pumpkin spiced lattes. There is also no limit in Limited Time Offers. Cans of pumpkin are available ALL YEAR LONG. Don’t fall for their marketing techniques. Make yourself a REAL pumpkin pie with this recipe and you’ll be out only 170 calories, as opposed to the 510 calories in a Starbucks Venti.

Wouldn’t you rather have the REAL thing? Then don’t settle for the chemical concoction.


The Healthiest Verse of All Time

By Laura Moncur @ 7:21 am — Filed under:

I absolutely adore this picture I saw on Facebook the other day:

The Healthiest Verse of All Time from Starling Fitness

It reads:

this carrot bout to drop the healthiest verse of all time

I want to see the animated version of this!

Of course, a quick YouTube search for rapping carrot brought me this:

And this…

I have never in my life loved a vegetable enough to write a rap about it. I don’t think I’ve loved any food enough to write a rap about it. I was too busy eating to be that creative.


Love Yourself with Healthy Food

By Laura Moncur @ 7:50 am — Filed under:

Love Yourself With Healthy Food from Starling Fitness

Whenever we talk about self-esteem or learning to love ourselves, we never talk about one of the most POWERFUL ways to show it. My whole life, I’ve felt that the way you tell if someone loves you is by their ACTIONS, not their words. If a guy said he loved me and then insulted me or tried to get me to do things I wasn’t comfortable doing, I instantly knew that he didn’t love me. I got this from an old quote:

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This holds true for ourselves. We can do all the self-esteem exercises in the world. We can meditate and recite our affirmations all day long, but if we don’t DO what we say, then we are LIARS. The only way to prove to ourselves that we actually love ourselves is by DOING loving things.

  • Eating healthy food
  • Giving ourselves exercise
  • Pampering ourselves with a shower
  • Grooming ourselves to look beautiful
  • Wearing mended and clean clothes
  • Surrounding ourselves with people who are NICE to us
  • Making our minds better by learning new things
  • Entertaining ourselves with uplifting diversion

You don’t show that you love yourself by repeating the phrase, “I love and cherish my unique self.” You SHOW it by taking good care of yourself. Start SHOWING yourself that you love you today and eventually you will notice that you no longer have a low self-esteem. And, more importantly, when you HATE yourself, do these things anyway. It’s the only way out of your well of self-hatred.

Original image via: Hi., Perfection.


Prepare Healthy Meals Ahead of Time

By Laura Moncur @ 12:49 pm — Filed under:

I saw this picture on naive orleanss — buns-and-guns: I did a thing and I thought, “How clever!”

Prepare Healthy Meals Ahead of Time from Starling Fitness

It reads:

I did a thing.

This reminds me of my Easy Meals that I did back in 2008:

Easy Meals: Italian Beans from Starling FitnessEach recipe makes three meals and shows you all the easy ingredients. I haven’t done this for a long time because I got sick of eating these meals over and over. Part of keeping the dopamine response to healthy food fresh is varying your meals. I haven’t eaten these meals in so long that they look good to me again. It’s funny how we need to be reminded over and over things we’ve already learned.

Via: Breathe Happiness


Fruit Is Fast Food

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

I found this banner on Pinterest the other day.

Fruit Is Fast Food from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Fruit is fast food

It’s true. It’s really easy to grab an apple, pear or nectarine on your way out the door. The only problem with this idea is if you didn’t BUY the fruit the last time you went grocery shopping. Make sure you put fruit and easily edible veggies (like baby carrots or pre-cut celery) on your grocery list.

You can’t eat what isn’t there.

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