I used to tell myself I just like food, I just like to eat, that is my problem. If that was true that I would have been making better food choices. The truth was I used food to soothe my emotions. For me the biggest trigger is stress, but boredom and sadness are in there too.
I hear stories about how some people have realized this and changed their lives from that point forward and never looked back...that has never been me.
I wish it was me, sure would make my life easier and my story more inspiring. That's not to say I haven't changed, I have! I am so much more aware of what I am an eating and why. I now make more conscious decisions about what I am going to eat, and what I am not going to eat.
I also make sure to get exercise daily because I know how good it is for me and how good it makes me feel.
The hard part is I still struggle with this. I still have urges to self-medicate with food. Those cravings still pull on me, sometimes they are VERY strong, and some days not so much.
It's something I assume I am going to deal with my entire life, and I have become okay with that. But that is exactly why I have made my health a daily part of my life. After years of my health being low on my priority list, I have finally realized that I need it to be a BIG part of every single day if I want the changes to last.
I don't put hours into the gym nor in the kitchen. I do a 30 minute workout each day, but I make a point to NEVER miss that workout. I don't spend hours cooking, in fact I kinda hate cooking, so I find easy, but healthy meals that I can throw together quickly and I say NO to others offers of food and if I choose to indulge, I do so consciously knowing I can "afford" the treat.
Making my health a top priority has doesn't take a lot of time, if just takes daily effort. But they pay off when I am consistent to so good, that the effort is more than worth it.