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I am very excited to be participating in the 30 -class challenge. I am on course to complete seven classes this week and I feel great. I am also on course to eat 30 desserts in 30 days – one per day. Seem like a strange combination? Let me explain.
Like others, I have found myself over-eating during the quarantine. Extra time, stress, fear, and boredom all contributed to many evenings binging on junk food and Netflix.The results have been predictable. I’m carrying extra weight and I don’t feel good about it. The junk food habit is hard to break. I’m a stress eater and I’m stressed. The quarantine has gone on for a long time and the news of the world is frankly, bad.
I don’t diet. The evidence overwhelmingly indicates deprivation dieting does not promote weight loss. Sustainable weight loss and weight maintenance is best accomplished for most folks by long-term lifestyle changes and acceptance a combined with creating good physical and psycho-social health indicators.
I spent the first 40 years of my life trying to be skinny and hating myself for not being skinny enough. In the last several years I have come to an uneasy truce with my body and stopped fighting to make my body something it doesn’t want to be.
I will not deprive myself of treats. Instead I will focus on altering the habit. Rather than binging on crappy chips and Oreos while mindlessly watching media, I will enjoy a delicious dessert while sitting at the dinner table. (Lucky for me, my husband is an excellent baker)!
Are you struggling with the quarantine weight gain or body image? How are you managing?