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21,148 5/18/13 5:49 A
I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. There are better ways to reduce your stress that don't involve food. When you feel an urge to hit the frig because you're stressed out, put on your coat and take a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. listen to your favorite music. take a bubble bath. read a book. blog.
There really are better ways to vent your stress that don't involve food.
Also, be kind to yourself as you would to others. You are not a bad person or an unhealthy one if you overeat. No one is perfect. In fact, I find that trying to be perfect only adds to our stress. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.
While it's all fresh on your mind, think about today and then write out some positive alternative outcomes if you were granted a do-over; what would you have done instead? You were overwhelmed at work and came home and..................what did you do?
Keep those in your head or posted somewhere handy so the next time it happens and it probably will, (work is like that) you will be in control this time. Visualize the positive outcome over and over.
Thanks for your kind words. I did slip up and ate an extra 1000 calories. I am an emotional eater and today that's exactly what happened. I was overwhelmed by work and came home and ate... a lot. So much, my stomach hurts.
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269 5/17/13 10:25 P
Don't slip up. You said it yourself, if it's "excess" food you don't need it. Remember food is fuel for your body, and though it tastes good and that is a comfort to us, if you're not hungry then you need to get comfort from something else.
I know you're stressed about social situations and have tried various methods to cope with your speech, but have you looked into how to lower stress levels? Such as yoga, meditation, breathing exercises. What other hobbies do you enjoy that can help you get your mind elsewhere when you feel the urge to binge?
Oh, and as for your speaking abilities, are you sure others perceive you that way, or is it just your own insecurities? Either way, my heart goes out to you and I hope you pay yourself some kindness. Remember your talents and good points, I know you must have many.
...up, please tell me not too. Even though I am eating very clean this month for a cleanse, I am wanting to eat a lot of healthy foods in excess tonight. Work was frustrating today. I am the issue. I find when several people are talking about an issue I can't seem to speak effectively to a) be heard and b) make sense. I have been like it my whole life. I have had counseling, read books, talked it out, etcetera. I am just better writing, one-on-one and in environments where everyone is heard and/or gets a chance to speak. I know that's not the real world but I just don't seem to cope with the real realities of the workplace.
I am a considered speaker at my best but I always repeat my pattern of not attracting those kinds of work environments. I guess I just need to rant. Words of wisdom will be well received I promise.
I feel like my heart out I am so unhappy over this lifelong ongoing problem.
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