relationship with food and weekly reflections: 9/1 – 9/7

Change in weight (9/1/20 – 9/7/20):  -0.6 LBS

I feel like I had another solid week. It was nothing extraordinary, but it was good. It was not bad, it was good. I am happy with that.

I hit my cardio goals this week. I am very pleased with this because I was quite tired after the heavier cardio load from last week. I also got my run in again and it felt even better than my last run. These runs, although only once per week, really help show me that I am getting better, stronger, and fitter.

I also PR’ed a 45 minute ride and a 30 minute ride. With the 30 minute ride, I am doing a once per month tabata ‘benchmark’ to compare my progress. This was awesome. It was so great to see how I have progressed in just one month. Check out the pictures below to see the two rides.

Late last week I wrote about how failure is a necessary part of a success journey. I mean it. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what I still fail at and how, despite my overall success, these failures are keeping me from realizing more of the success and forward progress I would like to see. One of these hold ups for me is still my relationship with food.

I have grown greatly and my relationship with food has improved dramatically since last December. That is the central reason I have lost 44 pounds thus far. But I still have not addressed some of the deep issues I have. I love food, but sometimes I love the feeling of eating more than the actual food itself. I have found, at times, that my desire is less to eat something amazing, but I desire to eat a quantity of food. Sometimes I do not want pizza because it is delicious, but because I want to eat a crap ton of it.

I do not have an answer as to how to overcome this. But I am aware of this and I think it is a first step. It is also important to seek out and gain an awareness of what triggers this. I know that social settings can lead me to eat too much. Stress can also lead me to desire eating for quantity over quality.

Recognizing triggers can help me put in place mechanisms to help shield me from the temptation. I feel that can be a start. A place to work from as I try to get deeper into this carnal desire to simply demolish a quantity of food. I know I am not alone in this, but I know that is no excuse. By taking more control over my life, I am taking responsibility. I can figure this out and I can work to better myself.

I am going to continue on with this trajectory of success. I will continue to succeed, because I am willing to be real about where I fail. I will also not hesitate to seek out help when I know I need it. Because of this understanding, reach out to me if I can be of help to you.

Leave a like or a comment. Does anybody else work to control an unhealthy relationship with food? How do you go about controlling it? How do you go about addressing it at a deeper level?

How did I do on last weeks action plan?:

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 run. Attained
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat) Not attained
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. Attained.
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc. Attained
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri). Attained
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days. Attained
  7. Track every bite. Attained
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day. Attained
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions. Attained

Action Plan

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 misc ride, 1 run.
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat)
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri)
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days
  7. Track every bite
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions

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DateChange in Weight
12/1*
12/2*-5.4 lbs
12/9-5.4 lbs
12/16-3.4 lbs
12/23+2.8 lbs
12/29-1.2 lbs
1/6-1.4 lbs
1/13-1.6 lbs
1/20-1.4 lbs
1/27+0.4 lbs
2/3-1.2 lbs
2/10-4.6 lbs
2/17+0.4 lbs
2/24-1.6 lbs
3/2-3.2 lbs
3/9+1.8 lbs
3/16-3.2 lbs
3/23-0.6 lbs
3/30+0.4 lbs
4/6-1.6 lbs
4/13+0.8 lbs
4/20-1.8 lbs
4/270 lbs
5/4+2.4 lbs
5/11-5.2 lbs
5/180 lbs
5/25-1.0 lbs
6/1-1.2 lbs
6/8-0.4 lbs
6/15-0.8 lbs
6/22+0.8 lbs
6/29-1.4 lbs
7/6-2.4 lbs
7/13+2.4 lbs
7/20-1.6 lbs
7/27-0.4 lbs
8/3-1.2 lbs
8/10+0.4 lbs
8/17-1.4 lbs
8/24-1.4 lbs
8/31-0.2 lbs
9/7-0.6 lbs

* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning

-Ben

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