I'm PRETTY sure I have OCD, though I have no proof of it. Now, I know a lot of people who have eating disorders actually have OCD as well, and so they keep dieting to extreme thinness, but in my situation this is not the case. I am (by 3 pounds) obese and actually do need to lose weight to get to a healthy weight, and I have no desire to starve myself or go down to an unhealthy weight, so I think it's safe to assume I don't have anoerexia. However, I know that dieting and OCD can be kind of fickle together. Anyone else here who's dieting with OCD? Any tips?
My biggest problem right now is pinching and scratching skin. I have a few certain patches I HAVE to scratch and/or pinch every 10 seconds or so, or it completely consumes all my thoughts. I also have a problem with things being uneven, or doing things to only one side of the body, having to balance it out by doing it to the other. I always have to check that I have my key several times even though I know I do, that my door is locked even though I know it is. I also have a problem with accidentally making bets in my head. Even if I don't want to I will think, "I bet my life I can do ____ within x amount of time." It's often like I bet I can cross the sidewalk tile before that car passes me, etc. And if I fail I HAVE to repeat until I don't, or I feel like I'll really die! I have other little things and I have things that come and go (with the compulsions I mean), but my main thing is the pinching/scratching, it's the one that really consumes my time throughout the day and drives me MAD. I CAN'T stop doing it, I go nuts if I don't, but I am just as nuts anyway.
Anyway, so as far as dieting goes, I'm wondering what I should watch out for. I'm already starting to see one thing easy to get OCD about... the calorie counting. It's already started to affect me, and I feel as if I don't get every last digit in right (such as separating exercise if I take breaks, writing down the exact minutes, etc, or with the values in food), even though it's all estimation anyway (I'm eating 2000 a day so it's not getting caught up in the anoerexic way). I've been scolding myself and trying not to get caught up in it, but it's easy to lose myself. Anything else I might want to watch out for? Anyone else here with OCD trying to lose weight?