I have definitely decided to start eating better and exercising. I am going to log in to my Spark People account everyday. It was 6 months yesterday that my Dad passed away. I have put the potato chips away. I will finish my cup of coffee and I will drink water the rest of the day. I have enough room in my house to walk at least 15 minutes. Thank you to all that responded to my cry for help. With you're encouragement, I will make it.
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You've certainly had to deal with a lot of adversity these past few years. And I'm sure that some days, you're totally overwhelmed. But, that was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.
I know things must seem really daunting right now, but all is NOT lost. You can make a change. Spark People encourages all its members to start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals.
Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.
You have to have some faith that one small change CAN change your life. Take baby steps literally and figuratively.
Be kind to yourself as you would to others. You will make mistakes. We all did. That's part of the learning process. If you need support, the spark community will support you.
Are you in counseling? You really ought to first see your Doctor, then maybe go to see a therapist to help you deal with depression. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot, and it is overwhelming you right now.
Some people who have issue with emotional eating find that it helps to write down your feelings/what you are going through when it happens, this can help you cope better when those feelings/issues come up again.
Sometimes creating a blog (You can do that with your spark page, and even set it to private if you want) and writing down stuff can help deal with emotions, even if it's just an outlet for you so you don't reach for food.
You can also try exercising instead of eating. Go for a brisk 15 minute walk, pop in an exercise dvd, or even do a bunch of squats, situps, and wall pushups!!!
Another great thing to try is stretches. If you don't know how to safely, look online for free videos. Stretching is a great way to keep your body supple, as well as providing total body relaxation.
Please come back and talk if you need to, ok? There are always supportive people on the boards ready to lend an ear :)
I'm right there with you! I stress-eat all the time. I've been away from work over the holidays and managed to get it under control but, tomorrow I go back to the office and I can only hope that what I will have packed for the day is sufficient to stave off the "crazies" of a stressful day at work.
I also did the "Real Age" health test and fortunately, even though I'm very over-weight (okay, obese!) the test said I'm about 6 months YOUNGER than my chronological age largely because I don't smoke, I take my antidepressant every day, and my "numbers" like cholesterol and blood pressure, are very good.
Over my time "off" from work, I've noticed that I have time to think about WHY I'm eager to eat -- it has made clear to me that giving in to my stress eating is totally a form of self sabotage for me! I've done better once I realize that I want the pie because I'm anxious or I want the ice cream because at the moment, my day sucks.
Just paying attention to the drivers (the emotions behind the "always need to eat" feelings) has made me more aware of my options. Sit with the emotion, acknowledge it, be angry, sad, bummed out, irritated, frustrated, disappointed, etc., etc. I certainly know I am (all those things at times!).
Hope you get the depression under control (do not hesitate to see a medical provider and consider a good antidepressant -- really, life can be better through chemistry!) or try some talk therapy to get you through your doldrums. Either way, admitting that you have a real need, and addressing it is half the battle.
I have a problem with depression and emotional eating. In 2011 my husband and I had to file bankruptcy, In 2012, my house burnt, In 2013, my Dad passed away. I find myself eating when I am not hungry, and eating all the wrong foods. I cry a lot. What ever can I do to halt myself. I am 58 years old. I took a health assessment last night, My body thinks that it is 69. I have to stop. This is a cry for help.
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