Thursday, April 12, 2007

Binge Eating

I believe that acceptance is the first step to recovery. And I have come to learn that addiction to anything is difficult to overcome. It is one thing to say, "I have a problem with _____." But if you do nothing about it, or if you only 1/2 way do something about it, you're not really addressing the root of the issue.

I know this because I did, over 4 years ago, quit smoking cigarettes. And it was rather hard, but it was very different than anything I've done in my life because I was actively - acutely - aware of my addiction and I wanted to get better.

I am now having to tackle my binge eating problem. I don't binge eat very often. Because every day at my house I only have available Kashi Go Lean, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and some tofu. And that's what I eat.

But if you put me in front of a table full of food, particularly sweets, I will eventually cave. And if a little is good, then a lot is better, right? That was the case yesterday at Leadership Tuscaloosa. We had a really amazing meeting that focused on public safety.

Food abounded. And I partook.

I have to learn to say no in the face of temptation.

So now, off to shuck a fresh pineapple and, if you guessed 30 minutes of purgatory on my elliptical machine, you guessed right!

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