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My Emotional Eating Patterns Are Changing

Monday, April 05, 2010

Yesterday was a tough day in several respects. I had no particular plans with anybody for Easter, and that was very different for me, because I had been married for a long time before recently separating from my husband. And also I had some communication difficulties several times during the day with my ex concerning scheduling times that I could spend with our 17-year-old daughter.

In the past, emotional difficulties often contributed to my overeating. I got very heavy during my 19-year marriage to a man who was hard to live with. I'm not blaming him--it was my response that was the problem. In counseling, I learned that I probably should have left him years ago, for my own emotional well-being, but I lacked the clarity to do so until more recently.

Anyway, yesterday, as I felt my feelings of loneliness and frustration, I didn't overeat. In fact, I had to make myself eat a snack last night in order to get anywhere near my nutritional goals for the day, because I had undereaten by so much. I'm not saying this is a good thing. It's just different. It's a change of old patterns that didn't work well for me. So I'm just observing this and sharing it for now, and let's see where it goes!

I'm sure hoping for a better day today. I have a new volunteer position starting today that I think will brighten my Mondays and help me establish more of a routine in my life, which has been lacking for several months.

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LADYNETTIE 4/5/2010 5:25PM

    I totally understand your feelings of loneliness and frustration and it's amazing that you didn't overeat while by yourself on Easter. Great progress- you're on your way to discovering who you really are and what you would like to do for the rest of your life. When my husband died 5 years ago I did that same thing. Lost a bunch of weight and found myself. Now I am living a healthy and happy lifestyle doing what I love to do! Happy Sparking emoticon

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PONDERTHIS 4/5/2010 11:47AM

    this sounds like a good development ~ separating food from stress management. Way to go!

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LECATES 4/5/2010 11:39AM

    Sounds like good changes to me.

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