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Handling Stress Without Eating

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I had a stressful day at work Thursday. I wanted to eat, it didn't matter what, and I knew I would buy a bottle of wine on the way home if I hadn't committed to staying 100% on my plan. It's been 6 months since I was off plan in any way. Those 6 months have not been easy. My results are worth it to me. So, I wondered what I was going to do to relieve the stress.

First I cried in the bathroom. That's not a new strategy. I'm a crier, always have been. Then I texted my husband and we "chatted" about it via text. That helped. I talked to co-workers. By the end of the day I felt a little better and just went home. I ate a healthy dinner, watched some TV with the family, and went to bed early.

The next day was better. I knew it wouldn't have been better if I had given in and eaten something or consumed some wine. It would have been another bad day, filled with regrets and anger at myself. Instead, because I tried something different, it was a regular better day. I was proud of myself!

The lesson? Stress will come. It will stay for a while. Then it will go. I can't control that. What I CAN control are MY ACTIONS. For the first time, I did that. And it felt great!
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KLWALDON 1/23/2012 1:51PM

    I can SO relate to this! If I didn't know better, I would have thought that I wrote this in my sleep! I am so proud of your for overcoming that urge. I know how strong that urge can be and I think it is awesome that you beat it! Congratulations :)

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ELIZRN 1/22/2012 2:17PM

  These are our lessons....the better you get at managing these moments, the less they will bother you. All emotional states are like that. Look around at your usual stress builders & see how many you can counter at the pass. You might be surprised....elizRN

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PIANOMEG29 1/22/2012 9:24AM

    Good for you!! Wonderful perspective!

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MICHIGANLORI 1/22/2012 9:08AM

    Great job on getting through it. It's hard but you did it.

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GOROSIEO 1/22/2012 8:58AM

    Nice!

The power we give food. It's amazing. I'm so glad you found alternatives that worked.

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