Conquering Stress and Stress Eating

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So life in the past few months has been hectic. I�ve been through some life upsets- I lost my job, was unemployed for a month, and Ross still hasn�t been able to find a job that will work around his class and flying schedule. I have been blessed with a temporary job that may become permanent, and I am very happy to have a source of income again.

As it always seems to happen when I am confronted with stress, I have fallen off the wagon since starting this new job. I tend to deal with stress by turning to unhealthy foods to make me feel better, and boy have I ever done that. The scale shows I have gained back those 5 pounds I was bragging about losing, and I feel overall about as healthy as a slug, and I feel like I look like it since I have lost the muscle mass I gained as well.

I am doing my best to temper my after work stress related food choices with healthy items throughout the day- oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast, salad for lunch, upping my water consumption. I start to feel better when I do that. Then I have a super cruddy day at work, and what do I do when 5 o�clock rolls around? I head straight home and dive spoon first into the pint of cookie dough ice cream, ruining all those healthy choices I made throughout the day. Does a salad and water cancel out half a pint of ice cream? Yeah, I don�t think so. emoticon emoticon

I am stuck in this cycle- every few months I do great, I meet my calorie and food goals, water consumption is great, spark goals are in reach. Then life happens and I tumble off the healthy habits wagon and fall into the dirt, and this time I didn�t even try to chase that wagon until now.

Instead of focusing entirely on dealing with the symptoms of my bad choices, I need to start dealing with the cause: stress. That is my ultimate goal: figure out how to manage stress in a healthy way and stop taking my stress out on my body. Learn to gain confidence at work and stop doubting my ability is the first step. This time, I want to work from the inside out.

Being aware of my behavior is the first step to changing, and now that I have become aware to what I was doing, I can work on changing my behavior, like substituting healthy choices that will satisfy a craving while not derailing my goals. Maybe instead of going for the ice cream, I can grab a handful of crunchy baby carrots and get the sweet I was craving while getting a satisfying crunch.

Because if I want to get to my goal of looking amazing here: emoticon I need to work on mind AND body.
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    Thanks for sharing. Sounds a lot like my issues. Good luck and persevere. Makes me realize I am glad I found my way back here.
    2467 days ago
    Emotional eating is a huge pit of dhoom and just when you think you've got it managed--whammo! You're staring at the bottom of a pint of ice cream wondering just where it all went.

    I think the best thing to do until you figure your stress out is to make it inconvenient to eat junky food during times of stress. If you can say no once at the store, you won't have to say no when you go home and open the freezer.

    *hugs* It'll work out. Now that you know, you can change.
    2469 days ago
    Wow, Sounds like quite the roller coaster. I'm glad to see you back here and glad to hear you have a new job. Hang in there, you know what to do and you have the tools. As G.I. Joe says "Knowing is half the battle" emoticon
    2470 days ago
    Exercise helps me, but if I really had it completely figured out I wouldn't be here!!!!!:-) just don't give up!!!!! If it was easy, everyone would be in amazing shape!!!
    2470 days ago
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