Monday, August 2, 2010

I feel what I eat!!

When you are fat like I was, and then spend about 2 years at a normal BMI, you begin to notice a few things.

I stayed fat for so long because I was physiologically addicted to foods high in saturated fats, sugars, and empty carbs. I would eat those foods and a lot of them. If I didn't eat those foods I wanted to because they made me feel good. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I drank too much alcohol too, lets not forget that little chestnut.

I didn't want to exercise or eat right because that made me feel bad. That is why I think half our population is fat. Everyone wants to feel good, and food is an easy way to make us feel that way.

The difference now is that I am physiologically addicted to working out. I really don't work out that vigorously, I only do 30 minutes a day on the elliptical, and light weights every other day. When I was on vacation, I swam 1/2 a mile every day when I could. I do this because I want to, because it makes me feel good. About a month ago I felt an endorphin rush after the elliptical similar to the rush of opiod pills. I have been chasing that natural dragon ever since! Now I know that when I eat things like In and Out I have a high, and then a crash. And the crash does not feel good, so it makes me somewhat less inclined to eat food like that now. But I still do, just not as much. And now its time for some ice cream!!


Garrett said...


Here! Here! I just got back from a run around my in-laws' lake and I feel great even though t here are some who see wondering why I started my vacation by foregoing sleeping in and (gasp) exercising. But you're right I just feel better when I do. However, now that I am in CA you can bet I will be chasing the other high of DoubleDouble.

Oh and one final question... How do you know what an opiod high feels like?

MY Answer to Brett: I have taken opiod pain killers, most noteably when I had my vasectomy and wisdom teeth taken out. From the second the vicodin/Percocet hit me, I understood completely why so many people are addicted to the opiods

Grandma Dee said...

Congrats on keeping your weight off and feeling the natural high. I am inspired by you and your discipline. When I got home from the Lake, I started eating in a more healthy manner. Most recently, I went back eating the Perricone way and have lost 7 pounds already. It's not really a diet, but a healthy way of eating. And, you are right, you do get a high and feel much better. When I mess up, I feel rotten. We had Margaritas last night and I felt miserable this morning. Back to 1 glass of wine a night mixed with Perrier. Refreshing and a little relaxing. You set a good example, Gar. Love you, Denise

Bible Thumpin' Mike in Nor-Cal said...

Unfortunately I feel like I ate a big fat bbq chicken sandwich, fries, and a salad that I had a couple hours ago from the pub here a the hotel in St. Louis.

Gonna visit the gym in a bit.