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Eating while Bored

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I've been trying to figure out what the connection is to eating while bored. Anyone who reads this blog and has an opinion or a fact please share.

Work has been terribly slow at my office for the last two months - slow enough that my boss was considering closing the doors and moving on. (I almost panic but he came to his senses)

So with the slow down he has been out trying to build up business which leaves me by myself in the office most days. I don't mind the alone time, actually quit enjoy it, but the boredom nearly puts me over the edge. Although I try to busy myself with any number of projects it isn't the same as having the rush of a deadline, so I patrol the kitchen area - checking the frig and cabinets as if I missed something the first, second or third time around. I mostly "window shop" and don't eat when I am bored but I can tell you this my friend I am pulled to that kitchen like a moth to a flame. WTF!

When I am home at nights and weekends I have projects to do or just enjoying relaxing so I don't patrol the frig or cabinets to see if the food fairy has brought something new in since my last rounds.

What is it that causes me to want to eat when bored?
Why that activity?
Why this mind set?
How to change it?

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SHEILABIRD 6/24/2009 12:03AM

    I am totally a boredom eater.. I should be in bed right now but the fridge is calling me. I don't know why. Even with my kids home I still find time to visit the fridge. There is just not enough healthy stuff in there. I am currently trying to stick to the no eating after 7 rule.... (It does not work for me all the time)

During working hours I would pack just enough to get you through the day. If there is candy machines try to stay away. I usually try to pick up a box of slim fast snack bars and that helps. I am a big time chocolate freak... emoticon

If you find the answer let me know the secret..

Sheila emoticon

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/23/2009 8:04PM

    I have a book at work, I use Spark at work and I text like a mad woman when I get bored. I find if I have something, anything, puzzles, etc to keep me busy I don't go on patrol. I'm a boredom eater also...notice I try to stay very busy so I don't eat!

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"focus on your goals — not the struggle"

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Today Show featured a woman who dropped 410 lbs. by changing her lifestyle, no surgeries, no extreme dieting, just hard work. I watched with interest.

Here is the quote that struck me silent as I sat on my sofa watching: “And focus on your goals — not the struggle”.

I've been on my journey since 2002 and many, many times I have focused only on my struggles. I'm on the right path - I just need to stay the course.

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    I think we can all learn from that quote. Thanks

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TAMTAM64 6/23/2009 11:13AM

    That was a powerful quote. I saw that interview also - My hat is off to her. She never lost her focus during her weight loss journey. Thanks for reminding me again about that quote.


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DRAGONFLY1974 6/23/2009 10:54AM

    WOW...That is an awesome quote. I think I focus on the struggles too. Maybe this will keep me focused on that goal! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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The answer was Yes!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My husband, who is Jamaican, had an interview at the US Embassy in Jamaica today regarding a Visa. He phoned about an hour ago . . . the answer was YES. Finally my love can move. We have been working on this for 8 months - he can't travel outside the islands until he has the Visa in hand - it's been a long time coming.

They deliver the Visa to him on June 26 and then we can start making plans. Likely I will fly down there for a short vacation and we will come home together. OMG!

Woo Hoo - the answer was Yes!!

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SURLYGIRL 6/18/2009 8:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
That's awesome - now you and your hubby can emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRYSTINAXOX 6/18/2009 5:53PM

    Congratulations!!!! I bet your are SUPER EXCITED!!! Yay!!!!

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Betrayed, Again

Monday, June 15, 2009

The little voice in the back of my head told me to step on the scale today. I usually just ignore that little voice when it whispers about the scale. Today, I did not. I brought the scale out from its hiding place and got it set up in the bathroom . . . I stripped to my birthday suit and took a step. Oh my . . . I could feel the anger before the digital scale stopped sputtering.
I stood there, staring down at what I thought was a cruel joke. Yup, betrayed, Again. WTF!

I stepped off the scale and put "it" back in the closet.

I've been on this same plateau for over two years. This latest course of action my doctor has me is supposed to move me off of it. So far, not yet. SERIOUSLY!

I do all the right things and yet . . . Nothing. emoticon

Well, that little voice will be silenced for awhile and the scale will just live in the closet or maybe at a friends house. My anger has been reduced to mere whimpers and the tears continue to threaten. Today's weigh-in was just another betrayal and a cruel joke.

I stand resolved and look forward to my works out this week and my efforts to walk more.

A friend has a theory, "maybe you're trying too hard" - could be. She continued with, "let go a little and have some fun" - maybe. It has been more fun since I joined SP.

Until the next weigh-in I'll just keep moving and shaken my tail. emoticon

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/15/2009 8:13PM

    I've noticed if I'm strict on my calories and stay in my range, then splurge 1 day a week by about 200 calories I can usually jump start my weight loss. My only problem up until this past week was I was splurging whenever I wanted! Good luck!! I have faith in you!!

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SCRAPALICIOUS 6/15/2009 4:41PM

    Shake it baby. Way to stay in the game, despite your 'betrayal.' You will beat this.

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My Own Challenge

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm going to challenge myself to walk more. I love going to the gym and working out but I hate walking around town. In fact, I try to avoid it at all cost. I am determined to break that habit and thought process immediately. I know it won't be easy but I am determined and I know I can do it. If I can stop drinking soda I can certainly walk more. emoticon

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/15/2009 7:43AM

    WOOHOO!!! You can do it!!!! I started by walking and slowly progressed to running when walking was no longer a challenge. Quick plug, I love Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos, I use them when the weather or kids have me stuck in the house. They are a little more than walking, they involve light weights or resistance. I saw amazing changes when I started the videos, until they were not much of a challenge anymore, my go to now when I use them are the 4 and 5 mile ones (they really give a great workout still.) They have 1-3 miles also! Might be something worth looking into!

Congrats on the soda! I know when I quit it was tough!

You are doing AWESOME!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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KRYSTINAXOX 6/15/2009 7:39AM

    Wooooo! You can do it girl!

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