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Emotional Eating the overeaters Smoking

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A few days ago, I wrote about how I used Allen's Carr's words to quit smoking. I quit January 1, 2010 . He kept reiterating the same words that rang in my head- "Will that cigarette make the problems go away?" Of course the smoking didn't make the problems go away. Then I used that same motto to get myself to keep exercising, "Will not exercising solve my problems?" The answer, of course, is no.

Then I got to thinking that this exact motto should be applied to emotional eating. In my mind, emotional eating is not much different from smoking. It is something we do because we are stressed about something which is the reason most people give for smoking. "I was upset and had to have a cigarette." Of course, the cigarette didn't make the stress go away; it just gave an excuse to smoke...

But, I digress, as I think about emotional eating, which I have never been a huge one to do, I grabbed the smokes instead, I have the same thought. People reach for the ice cream or the chocolate or whatever you flavor of choice may be because they are stressed. Then the question should enter your head, "Will eating the Peanut M&M's make the stress go away? Do you really feel better after you have eaten it?" Your answer is probably no. You probably feel worse because now you have the "guilt" of what you ate to lay on top of the original problem. Then follows the, "I blew it so I might as well just keep eating." It becomes a vicious circle.

So the next time you are upset and reach for the refrigerator door, ask yourself, "Is eating this really going to solve my problem or is the problem still going to be there when I am done?" I bet you can close that refrigerator.

  
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KATHLEENS1964 8/6/2010 11:20AM

    Great blog, and too true! I have been all too familiar with the "bad day, eat your troubles away" syndrome. Your blog gave me "food for thought" haha!

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TRABOLD8567 8/6/2010 11:02AM

  Great blog. Thank you

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SNOWFILLY 8/6/2010 8:02AM

    Congrats on the no smoking!!!! Great blog. Thank you.

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TKAYSMILES 8/5/2010 5:15PM

    I have used his words on my eating journey as well. I think it is all applicable as an addiction. Great job on your non smoking Nina!!

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KNITTABLES 8/5/2010 12:23PM

    GReat blog and great mantra. I will use it. I am an exsmoker. I quite over 8 years ago on my Brithday. Now I knit instead. Have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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ACTIVEGRANDMAP 8/5/2010 12:03PM

    great thought. I've never smoked, but sure have reached for the sweets. And no, I didn't feel better after( jsut worse because of guilt or eating too much.) Pam

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/5/2010 11:54AM

    great observation!

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CARPENSM 8/5/2010 11:06AM

    Good blog and good observation. As an ex smoker I always found that going for a smoke helped me to cope with those "man I need a smoke" moments...but what helped me was the realization that the cigarette didn't help my stress...what helped was going outside and taking 10 min to breathe and get away. So now when I'm stressed about something (or wanting to Emotionally Eat my way out of a problem) I go outside or to the washroom or wherever to just get away for 5-10 min and find its just as effecive as having a smoke break used to be!

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LASARRE 8/5/2010 10:37AM

    He may have the easy way to lose weight, but I have never found an easy way to lose weight lol.

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/5/2010 10:30AM

    I too read Allen Carr's book and I quit smoking on June 18, 2010! I love my smoke free life now and am applying what I learned to this journey as well! Sometimes I allow myself the emotional eating, just to keep my quit! It's ok for now, the scale is still in my favor.

emoticon on your quit! Did you know that he has a book on the Easyweigh to lose weight? I haven't read it yet!

Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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MOV4WARD 8/5/2010 10:28AM

    emoticonCongrats on quitting! Sparktacular!!!

Well said! I had the same thought when I was quitting... we essentially have to relearn how to live all activities/emotions of life without the sickerettes, and it takes awhile & practice but gets easier in time. Finally reached the point where I rarely think of them, and almost can't imagine going back. Never thought that would happen when I was still smoking & trying to quit.

Sometimes I feel the same about food/weight issues... but it's the same kind of relearning process (& addiction/emotional dependance) for the kinds of eating we do that hurt us. Somehow we have to leave those behind but we have to keep the good ways... Unraveling that can be tough b/c we are still eating, but necessary!

Food solves nothing but hunger! ;)

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Just Picking Away

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I am finally starting to feel like myself again. The bloating seems to be subsiding and I don't feel tired.

I have been sticking to my goals and my motto. "How is not exercising going to solve my problems" and it has been working. I lost .5lb this week. It may not be coming off in lots of lbs, but my dr told me .5 lb a week is the way to go. I have been exercising everyday and drinking all my water.

I am amazed considering we have eaten out every day since last Friday. Got to cut that one out. Awfully hard on the wallet, but I have learned to make good choices when we eat out and I also have started walking when we get back.

Now, I am just aiming for another .5lb loss next week. I don't have to have any more than that. Just slow and steady. emoticon

  
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IMJUSTDUCKIE 8/5/2010 11:48AM

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KATHLEENS1964 8/4/2010 5:17PM

    Oh I am sooo bad when eating out. It's really hard sometimes to make good choices. But it sounds like you did well! And .5 lbs/week is WAY better than gaining or not going anywhere! That's 26 lbs. a year!
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LOPEYP 8/4/2010 4:42PM

    Glad that you are feeling better and seeing some results. I had a week like yours a few weeks back. Definitely hard to make progress in the weight area when eating out a lot.


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KNITTABLES 8/4/2010 3:56PM

    So glad to hear this. WTG on the .5lb loss that is great. Slow and steady is the best way. Good luck with the rest of it.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/4/2010 12:01PM

    Glad to hear you are making progress!

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CLAREEASA 8/4/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!! Slow and Steady wins the race! You'll get there!

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LYNNANN43 8/4/2010 10:14AM

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You cut out the eating out & I'll cut out all of the baked goods! emoticon

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LISAALLGIER 8/4/2010 10:07AM

  emoticon emoticon, and it is better to lose slow!! Have a great day emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 8/4/2010 10:06AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!

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8/3/10

Monday, August 02, 2010

Don't have too much to write about today. Showed houses for 3 hours. Ate well. I really wanted a burger, but I got chicken breast with veggies.

Somehow kept my patience on a buyer tour that should have lasted 1.5 hours. Just working on keeping up my new habits.

I think the new meds are starting to work. We will see. One day at a time.

  
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BAILEYS7OF9 8/3/2010 2:40PM

    good luck w/ the meds! You definitely want to be able to have some control there w/ the unexpected time you spend at work!

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KATHLEENS1964 8/3/2010 11:34AM

    Good luck with the new meds, I hope they work for you. And emoticon on your patience and keeping up your new habits!

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SARALEIGHM 8/3/2010 8:13AM

    Healthy choices all around.
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LYNNANN43 8/3/2010 12:52AM

    I'm so glad the new meds are starting to work for you!
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KNITTABLES 8/2/2010 9:08PM

    Great choice on the chicken and great attitude on taking thing one day at a time. I pray that your meds are working for you. emoticon

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JDBD17 8/2/2010 9:02PM

    "One day at a time." - Words to live by!

Judy

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NIGHTOCUPS 8/2/2010 8:58PM

    Best of luck on your journey!

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August Goals

Sunday, August 01, 2010

1. Keep up my motto- Read blog of 7/30/10

2. Keep exercising emoticon

3. Forget the scale emoticon

4. Continue eating breakfast emoticon

5. Stay Positive emoticon

6. Drink all my water each day emoticon

7. Continue to stay away from soda

8. Encourage others

  
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JALRAK01 8/2/2010 5:05PM

    Great goals! I love the idea of setting goals for the month. I think I'll do it for a month or two as well. It might be just what I need to stay on track.

Wish me luck! emoticon

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TKAYSMILES 8/2/2010 2:13PM

    great goals!

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KATHLEENS1964 8/2/2010 1:33PM

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SARALEIGHM 8/2/2010 8:48AM

    Good goals! You can do it.

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 8/1/2010 11:18PM

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KNITTABLES 8/1/2010 10:07PM

    Great goals and I know you will do it. But no pressure.

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DARINGR8LY 8/1/2010 7:40PM

    I need your goals. They would help me. Way to go...I'll be watching to see if you live up to it. No pressure here.
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Going to Keep Moving

Friday, July 30, 2010

I was just reading a spark friends blog about having to change things up for August and how she has stopped really working out because of the bad time she has been having lately. This got me thinking about my own situation especially in the answer I gave to her.

I remember when I decided to quit smoking. I did it by reading Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking." He said something in that book that has become my motto of sorts. As far as grabbing that next smoke, he said, "Will smoking that cigarette really make the problem go away or will it still be there after you're done smoking the cigarette?" I used that every time I wanted a cigarette. (Now, I do have to add in here that one thing that can keep Ulcerative Colitis away is smoking. I thought about it, but I just don't want to smoke. The smell makes me ill).

Jump forward...I have learned to apply that motto to the issues I am having now. The ulcerative colitis, the lack of income, the issues with my mother etc. There are days where I get up and figure I am too upset to exercise or too depressed. Then that little voice comes into my head..."Will not exercising make the problem go away?" No, the problem will still be there, but at least I'm not feeling worse because I did nothing.

One thing I have seriously questioned lately is why I am bothering to keep at it when the weight just seems to keep coming on instead of going away. I know why. I have come to far to quit. I've accomplished so many things that stopping is just not something I'm willing to do. Why should I give up all I've worked to accomplish? Not exercising isn't going to make the weight go away or the disease go away.

I am going to let Allen Carr's words continue to ring in my ears. Not being healthy is not going to make my problems go away. They will continue to be there. So, I am going to continue the good habits and exercise that I have worked so hard to achieve. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PTREINER 8/2/2010 5:30PM

  Hey - thanks - I needed to hear this today, too!

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TKAYSMILES 8/2/2010 2:13PM

    Great blog today Nina! I think Allen Carr had a lot to share that we can use for our weight loss issues too! You are doing great...just keep it up!

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KATHLEENS1964 8/2/2010 1:35PM

    Like previous responses here, I needed to read this today, too! I have been too lazy and blaming it on being too busy. Thanks for your inadvertent pep talk - with this type of attitude you will no doubt be able to reach your goal! And HUGE congrats on overcoming the smoking habit, too!

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SARALEIGHM 8/2/2010 8:43AM

    Great attitude!

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MABELL1WFTX 7/31/2010 7:20AM

    My exercise has been NIL for the past 4 weeks (broken shoulder) and I have done a lot of thinking. Exercise is going to become a part of my life once my body is whole again. Your BLOG has inspired me even more. Thanks for the words to use to push me on even more. You, too, can do this. Great going.
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SNOWFILLY 7/31/2010 7:15AM

    Good point, emoticon

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KNITTABLES 7/30/2010 11:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat a great blog. Your words have touch a spot in my heart. I have lost all motivation in everything except for my knitting. I will use your words. Thanks for sharing.

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DERTREFFER 7/30/2010 11:06PM

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I really needed to hear (or I guess read) those words! I have been having some issues with motivation recently and this definitely has given me some pep and something to ponder!

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