The effects of stress on my eating
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Where to start.... Let's see.... The past 3 or 4 weeks have been rough, and so have my eating habits. My aunt has been diagnosed with lung cancer (I only have 3 relatives outside of my immediate family, so this is kind of a big deal for me), my grandma (one more of the 3) has been placed in a home for alzheimer's patients. This is a good thing for her, but still hard all the same as she seems to be advancing quickly in her disease. My poor mom is taking care of all of this, plus looking for housing for my mentally disabled uncle (the last of the 3) who had been living with my grandma until she had to be put in the home last month. Unfortunately, Illinois ranks 53rd in caring for the mentally disabled (even behing Puerto Rico and a couple other territories!) so there aren't a lot of options for him.
Then we had the start of school this week. My daughter has major anxiety issues, so yesterday was rough. Fortunately, she loves her new class and today was ready to go two hours BEFORE her bus was due to pick her up:). Unfortunately, her anxiety now comes out in major unkindness toward her little brother who had his first day of preschool today. He was so scared, but so proud of himself that he did it and made a friend!! So of course he wanted to tell his big sister, who was just a rotten stinker about it. One of those really fun mommy moments. Ugh! That will work itself out I hope as we settle into our fall routine. In the midst of all this, I changed my work schedule in a major way so I will be able to be home with the kids several nights a week.
So needless to say, I am STRESSED!!!! My eating has gone down the tubes along with the increase in stress. I wouldn't have said I was an emotional eater before, but clearly I am. At least I know that now. They say knowing is half the battle. I sure hope that's right. Okay, so time to set some goals for myself:
I need to start tracking all my food EVERY day. I started skipping days, and I need to get back to it, even if I find that I am not happy with my choices that day. At least then I'll know what I am up against.
I need to get back to drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day again. That helped my arthritis pain, and I felt so much healthier when I was doing that.
I also need to work on gettting more fruits and vegetables into my diet again.
And, I need to make meal plans for the week.
Finally, I need to get exercising again. I did play Dance, Dance Revolution tonight. I forgot how hard and how fun it is. So I have made a baby step in the right direction today. One step at a time, and I know I can get it together again!