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Old 04-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Social Isolation Leads to Obesity in Rats: Me too!

Anyone else 50-60+ years of age unemployed (for whatever reason early retirement, redundancy, SAHW, morbid obesity) primarily at home alone (during the day at least) and isolated socially?

Have you caught yourself sitting at the computer or TV mindlessly eating? Do you think of food more often as a result of being alone?

Long story short, my usual routine was interrupted (of necessity) for varying lengths of time each day over the last 8 weeks. I have the house back to myself now and I'm worried I'll revert to my old habit of sitting down to lunch with the best of intentions to stick to my diet and realize, with a sinking feeling, I've gone back and forth to the kitchen grazing for bits of this and that for hours! Wedged into the chair at the kitchen table my feet and legs gone numb. The remains of my luncheon congealing on the plate in front of me.

Can anyone relate? On the one hand its great to just be able to focus on myself and my weight loss efforts, but on the other hand spending too much time without any human interaction can soon turn blessed solitude into feelings of loneliness. KWIM?

How do you maintain discipline when no one is looking over your shoulder? Prevent yourself from obsessing about buying food, cooking food, eating/not eating food? Commitment to your goals when you are your own cheering committee?

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Old 07-26-2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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I can definitely relate. I too am retired and I try to offset my urge to eat when alone by reading about weight loss and dieting. I either get on the computer and look up blogs and articles, or I pick up magazines/library books on the subject. I'd like to say that I exercise when I feel like snacking, but no. I'm not that disciplined. I do well just to get out and walk once a day! But I do love to read, and reading about weight loss somehow helps me not to want to overeat. Good luck!
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