Beckie is spreading awareness through this series of posts, Working On Us.
Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders.
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What is my addiction or obsession?
I have to admit that I have an addictive personality. Anything that seems good or appeals to me, becomes my addiction. I was addicted to playing games on my phone and it became such an obsession that I couldn’t let pass half an hour before I would open my game(s) and had to play. It would not matter if I was sitting with family or friends, I would play. It earned me a lot of chaff from them all but since I was addicted, I would ignore their justified protests and would take it all lightly. Some might say that this is not a serious thing, most people play games on their electronic devices. But if it becomes your focus for the day, the first thought that comes to you when you wake up, I would say it is an obsession or addiction.
My other and very long addiction is food.
We all have to eat to survive, but when food becomes an escape from all the problems of life, it becomes an addiction. I eat when happy as a celebration, I would eat when under stress as a way of coping and I would eat when I was angry or sad. I had justification for all my binging and felt that I had no choice.
Thankfully, and probably due to the fact that I have basic medical knowledge, I never went that far into the territory where I became morbidly obese, but it was touch and go. I used to realize on a regular basis that my weight is getting way over my desired weight and would then make efforts to reduce it. I think that the weight I have lost over my entire life is more than what I weigh now! But joking aside, I could never make sensible choices and would then go off the track after being on the diet successfully for a few months.
How do I try to overcome my addiction;
With my phone games, it was simple. The games I used to play on my phone, spending lots of hours and money on, were not updated to run with the newer and advanced model of the phone I got. I was left with the option of either carrying the old phone with me just to play the games on or to delete the games. I took the second option. And didn’t download any other game which seemed too much fun! You see I know my weakness.
Now sadly I cannot say that I have overcome my food addiction. But I got a scare which has made me realize that the way I am going can lead to big trouble. On a routine check-up, it turned out that all my blood stats were way higher than they should be. Especially, my blood glucose levels. This was a wake-up call indeed. I am following my doctor’s prescription to the letter and have made major changes in how I view food. Now I eat only when hungry. I have cut out my most favorite food group, carbs from my diet. And I walk after every meal and before going to bed.
I am proud to say that my levels have come back to normal and I have lost some weight as well.
I am a recovering food addict! I still have fears that something or the best other can put me back into the zone where I would start eating like there is no tomorrow.
But I have hope!