How I Overcame Compulsive
Overeating By Debbie Siebers, creator of Slim in
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My biggest challenge in life so far has been
conquering my compulsive eating habit. I remember so clearly the hopelessness I
felt because I had no control over my impulses. I would literally sit down to a
pint of Haagen-Dazs® every day and
swear that tomorrow I would start my diet. There are also vivid memories of me
downing an entire bag of Chips Ahoy!® chocolate chip
cookies and an entire big bag of Doritos®! I had those
moments of sitting in my car, opening a jar of peanut butter, and polishing off
almost half of it, and then driving to a fast food place for a burger and
fries. And let's not forget the CHEESE! I am a Cheesehead, after all, and I
would eat blocks of it at a time.
When I think of that now, it truly makes me
sick to my stomach. How could my poor body handle that? No wonder my digestion
was so screwed up and I have cellulite so bad - even now. You can't possibly
expect to abuse your body like that and put such demands on your digestive
system and not have major issues. I remember jogging around my block at 4:00
AM, desperate to burn off those calories, and then dropping down to the ground
into a heap of tears praying for control and the strength to get my life on
track. I do know that I was eating out of emotion - not knowing how to cope
with certain feelings I was having.
I knew I had to confront my demons head on
and figure it out. I'm not sure of the exact moment I decided to change. It was
an accumulation of emotion and just being fed up with feeling and looking bad.
Enough was enough! So, I joined a support group and through that program I
learned how to eat properly. I learned about portion control.
Growing up, I was never taught any of those
things. My mother had been severely overweight when I was growing up, and she
loved to bake. And I mean BAKE EVERYTHING you can possibly think of. I would
wake up every Saturday morning to hot chocolate chip cookies, gooey brownies,
pies, homemade bread, you name it. I would stuff myself until I couldn't eat
another bite. Having that support group made me accountable and got me on
track. The first 12 pounds came off pretty easily. Then, it was a bit slower,
but because I stuck with the program, it consistently came off.
When I moved to Los Angeles at 21, I was
on my way to better health and felt more in control. I was a secretary at that
time, so I sat most of the day. I definitely had bumps and challenges along the
way, but I was determined to get the once lean, fit body back that I had when I
was in high school as a cheerleader, gymnast, and sprinter! It was when I
joined a gym and began working out with weights that I really started to see
the changes. Unfortunately, I made a lot of the mistakes that many women do
when they don't really understand how to exercise properly. I worked with heavy
weights and didn't do enough cardio. So I got really strong, but I was very
bulky! Also, I still was in the bad habit of eating three big meals a day
instead of small little mini-meals throughout the day. It really wasn't until I
was in my late thirties that I figured it out.
The last thing I needed to get control of
was my love for sweets, and it wasn't easy . . . I decided to just starve
myself of all carbs and sugars for about 2 weeks. It was truly amazing what
happened. I sincerely didn't crave them anymore! I would never have believed in
a million years that I would actually desire a delicious piece of fish with
vegetables over a pizza!
I think having so much energy and feeling my
body toned and lean also gave me extra incentive. Then, when I became a
personal trainer at the gym I was working out at, I was literally exercising
with my clients all day long doing ab and midsection routines with them. Before
I knew it, my waist was tiny and my abs were ripped. I had a six-pack for the
first time, and I was pumped!
Now if I really want to have a chocolate
chip cookie, I'll have one . . . but only one. And sometimes, I don't even eat
the whole thing. I am satisfied with a bite or two. For me, it was a major
shift in the way I associated and looked at food. Also, the more educated and
aware I became, the easier it was to treat my body with respect. I got into
"right-thinking" mode and didn't want to sabotage myself anymore. Some of the
tools that helped me along the way were thought-provoking, motivational, and
inspirational books and tapes that would put me in the present moment. Now,
there is such a wealth of extra support at your fingertips. Beachbody®
has developed such an amazing community that you're crazy if you don't take
advantage of it.
Now . . . GO PUSH PLAY!!