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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've never kept a blog...journals yes. In some ways, I think of blogs as narcissistic- I mean who wants to read my thoughts? Yet, I've copied something from another SparkPerson's blog and wanted a place to post it...so here I am.

From By Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL)'s post about ending binge eating....

"Another technique I learned was called HALT. It reminds you to ask yourself if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired before reaching for food as a comforting tool. These emotions are strong binge triggers, so eating for the sake of eating while feeling them is not a good idea. Figure out what you are really feeling and distract yourself for a little while to address the problem mentally. Once you know why you want to eat and what the root cause is, do something about it or decide to not. Make it your choice, your decision; put things in your hands again. You are now in control. "

Reading this article about binge eating this morning, after last night's binge really hit home. I was angry, I was emotional and so I ate. OK, it wasn't 'so much' but I was still eating in reaction to emotions. AND emotional eating, plus a lack of exercise is what has kept me 10-60 lb over weight most of my entire life. I've had times of hitting an ultimate weight for me, and then gained weight out of fear - because of male reactions to my slim body were uncomfortable to me...I ate.

At almost 55, with a 16 year old daughter with her own body image issues, it is time for me to HALT this behavior!

SparkPeople is a new tool for me to change my exercise habits, eating habits and emotional reactions. Using this blog to reflect upon my progress is another tool.

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