To read part one click- My Sugar Addiction, Part Two Sugar Addiction & Self-Punishment
It’s Not About the Food
When I went to The University of Western Ontario at age 19, I lived at Saugeen Maitlain Residence and I got the smallest meal plan possible. Again, I was just focusing on the food and lacked the education about nutrients, how to deal with stress and my emotions and to be honest, making sure I didn’t put on weight. Isn’t it natural to drink and eat a lot at university – or is that my normal? I’m sure with all the drinking and eating I did I still gained some freshman pounds. To be honest, I don’t remember.
I started to dabble more with exercise. I did some aerobics classes and lifted some weights so this kept me on a healthy track and kept me from packing on the pounds. And also I remember how great exercise made me feel mentally and what a great stress reliever it was. I can remember not enjoying my economics class. It caused me a lot of stress, frustration & anxiety. During the aerobics classes I would pretend I was stomping on my economics books and this made me feel fantastic. It was my release! My “A-HA” moment. There was something other than food that would give me a great stress release. This must be when I first got hooked on exercise for its powerful effects other than just a way to keep the weight off.
Hmmm… maybe my suitcase could handle the stuff it was carrying around! Or maybe not?
While at Western, I fell in love with a man that I wanted to marry, but it didn’t work out. We broke up in my last year at Western and I was devastated & heart-broken. I lost a ton of weight because I thought if I looked good he would want me back. It didn’t work. Honestly, what was I thinking? But that’s how ingrained being thin & being a certain image was tied into my life. I thought thin equaled happiness & success. I thought life would be ok if I looked a certain way. What a pathetic creature I am for thinking this? Feelings about myself spiraled downward. Thoughts that I’m not good enough & I’m not enough rapidly started to enter into my life again. I was connecting back to the emotional pain of my parent’s divorce and I was feeling emotionally abandoned again. How easy it is to reach for food and numb the pain. And although I did, I know had exercise to help with the balance of keeping myself sane and in shape (with my nasty shame of being a sugar/food addict – oh the weight I carried).
Next Tuesday…Seed of Transformation
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