I’m giving up

I know, I know, shocking headline!
Rest assured I am most definitely NOT giving up on Blog To Fit, or throwing in the towel here.
Like David Wright yesterday, I am giving up the junk. Starting today.

For a couple of days now I have been keeping a written diary of what I eat.

OH. MY. GOD.

It isn’t until I saw it written down in black and white (or crayon as I’ve been reduced to sometimes) that I realised just how much food I shovel in my mouth every single day.

I am a grazer. I am a cow.
It has shocked me in to action once again.
I thought I was pretty healthy overall. I eat three balanced meals a day that I prepare from scratch, I eat plenty of fruit and veg and I glug down as much water as my body can take.
All I need to do is cut back a bit on the chocolate and biscuits and get moving, I thought.
But having kept that food diary I am appalled with my eating habits.

It is very clear that I eat when I am bored.

Which is not to say that I am sat around with nothing to do all day. Far far from it.
But I do find myself cruising by the fridge or the kitchen cupboards looking for a quick fix more often than I care to admit.

But at last week’s Wednesday Weigh In I challenged notSupermum to be really really good for one week – together, the two of us, supporting each other, egging each other on, seeing each other’s disappointing frown if we should ever stumble or fail.
Let me tell you notSupermum, as I wrote ‘mince pie’ on that list TWICE, I thought about you on every pen stroke.

Earlier this year I attended a couple of hypnotherapy sessions as part of my job (writing for a British newspaper) and it really worked for me.
I stopped eating for the hell of it. I ate when I was hungry and I drank more water than ever before because my body was telling me I was thirsty rather than in need of sustenance.
I lost 7lbs. Just like that. Without even trying or thinking about it.
But then I went through a stressful period at work and, well, once again I turned to food for comfort.

This is the challenge I face. Food is not fuel for me, it is a comfort, something to help me cope, something to see me through.
For some people it is drink or cigarettes or whatever vice they choose to mask emotion.
For me it is the ‘bad’ stuff. It is biscuits, it is chocolate, it is a slice of cake, it is another mince pie. It is something sweet after my dinner.
My ‘treats’ are no longer that because I indulge ALL THE TIME.

And so, at those hypnotherapy sessions I did pick up some really good tips which I am going to reintroduce myself to this week.
I do not want to fill my body with rubbish. I do not want to fill my body with fats that sit around my heart and my arteries and strip hours off my life.

So I am giving up the crap. Sure I know that at this time of year it’s going to be even more difficult than normal with so much temptation and so much stress, but I figure if I can do it now, well, I’m pretty much cruising.

So my question to you is: For the sake of your health, are you prepared to ditch it too?

Oh and the photo? Just some of the crap I gathered from around the house in 3 minutes flat in order to get a photo for this post.

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