Just when you start to think you can do this, it isn't that hard...
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I started SP on 12/28/09. It has been going great.
I am thinking "This isn't that hard. I can do this. Why did I struggle for so long?' Ahhh, I got cocky! BAM! The last 2 days I fell back so hard into my bad habits. I pretty much ate continuously from 1PM to 6PM. It was 100% emotional eating. I knew it while I was doing it, but I did it anyway.
So, I say, today is a new day. Back on track. But this is what is scary. What if this turns into the beginning of the end? No! I know this is not a mystery. I am 100% in control of what I eat and why. I want to be healthy. I don't want to feel like crap anymore. It isn't all or nothing.
If you don't have lapses, you don't learn from them. What will I learn from this lapse? I will not let 2 days turn into 2 years.
but tomorrow I will feel like
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It is a constant struggle, but you will win because you realize the problem and are correcting it. It is good you aren't beating yourself up because that is what causing us all the fall. I too am an emotional eater and a very emotional person. I take it one day at a time and have to continually remind myself that the workout is much harder than it is to not eat the food.
Keep up the great attitude. You will win this battle!!
2644 days ago
I am an emotional eater also and learning to see food as a tool for energy not comfort. The only thing I allow myself to get comfort out of is an ounce of my favorite dark chocolate and then only if I can "afford" the calories at the end of the day. Being aware is the first step...when we track our food regardless it holds us accountable. Today is a new day...that's why it's called the "present" :) Blessings & Peace! Jeanette
2649 days ago
Hooray! Yes, I am celebrating for you....because you realized that it was emotional eating, habitual eating, etc. That is half of the battle. Yes, we learn from our mistakes. So you made a mistake, you recognized it, and now you can make adjustments for it. Add some extra minutes of exercise for a few days to burn a few extra calories. I tell my students that we all make mistakes and we can learn from them. So its not about making the mistake, it is all about how we will change so that we don't make the same mistake over and over again. I know that you like to knit, as I do, and sometimes when I feel that I might start in with emotional eating I pick up my needles and knit until the thoughts of eating are forgotten.
2650 days ago
Comment edited on: 2/20/2010 12:16:41 PM
Recognizing it is half the battle, so you are on your way to establishing a new lifestyle. Don't beat yourself up - take baby steps. It will happen.
2650 days ago
We are SO alike on this journey, my friend. I did the same thing - except mine was after dinner snacking that I knew I wasn't supposed to have but did anyway. I stopped it after 2 evenings and went right back on program yesterday.
Somehow, and I recognize it from past efforts of weight loss - I think of it as "it's not that bad and I can start again tomorrow" - I need to stop it before it starts. Perhaps if I weren't watching tv and was cleaning up the house or doing something a little more active, I wouldn't feel that way.
Anyway - just wanted to let you know that you're not alone and I'm very happy that you recognize it for what it is and aren't beating yourself up about it. Little by little, step by step - we'll get there!!
See you at the finish line!
2650 days ago
Been there, done that! In fact, I’ve been there and done that several times!
Mistakes are a given; we are humans and are not perfect! Let go of the need to be perfect. Every time you get off track and take a detour on this journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards and give up; or to accept your detour as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps forward.
If you never have problems, you’ll never have any successes. You’re in the process of changing your lifestyle, and finding solutions that work for you will take a lot of trial and error.
We all have times like this! The important thing is that you accept that you did it, forgive yourself, and move forward.
You have many friends here who care about you and want you to succeed.
You are strong, you can do it!
Stay positive and don’t quit!
2650 days ago
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