I am very heavy and need to lose a lot of weight-at least 50 lbs. While I am very active- hit the gym 5-6 days a week and do the treadmill or elliptical for 45 min to an hour at a steep incline and average about 3.5 miles an hour (walking) on the interval cycle I can not seem to lose weight.
I am watching my food intake and know that my biggest issue in not *what* I eat but how *much* I eat. I try to keep my calories at about 1800 but do cycle them so some days are closer to 2400/2600 and other closer to 1400/1600.
So today we got back from the Y. We have been cutting back on the red meat for budget reasons but my son was craving a hamburger so I bought a small package and made him a hamburger on a whole wheat roll w/ sliced apples on the side. I made myself a plate of (yummy!) leftovers- 3 oz roasted lemon chicken, 1/2 cup of whole wheat orzo that had been tossed with assorted roasted veggies and drizzled with olive oil.
My son ate half his lunch, pronounced he was full. I ate all my lunch (w/ 8 oz glass of water) and was full and satisfied. He went off to play, I cleared the table and proceeded to eat the rest of his hamburger and apples. I wasn't hungry. I wasn't bored or tired or mad.
Ugh I do this *all* the time. I seem to keep sabotaging myself. It's like I don't want to get healthy but can't figure out the reason why.
Even as I sit here typing this I am fantasizing about the bag of raw almonds in cupboard, wishing I could eat them all or eat yet another huge batch of roasted chickpeas, something, anything to fill the space in me that can't be filled by chewing gum or sucking on ice and hard candies.
I need professional help.