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Sometimes you just have to admit you are human...

Friday, October 12, 2012

I decided I would watch the debate last night. I gathered my planned goodies to have and settled in. No comment on debate.
But I learned something interesting about myself... I never thought of my self as an emotional eater. Until now. I was like I was on automatic pilot after I finished my planned snack. I went into kitchen and fixed myself some chips and salsa. I then had 2 small bags of pistachios. And 3 DD Munchkins. Then I said "What are you doing?" More importantly I asked WHY. I was angry, sad, afraid. Then I told myself how wrong I was to allow something to affect me this way. Then I felt guilty. Then stupid. Then I told my "self" to snap out of it. I am human. I allowed emotions to get the best of me, and I ate to smoothe them over. Recognize the problem and move on. Now I know to not eat in any situation that I will get emotional over(or even think I will get emotional over). One day I will perhaps be able handle emotional eating. But for this moment, I will avoid the temptation.
Then I read the Daily Motivator for today:

Focus on the destination

To get where you want to go, be flexible about how you get there. The path is never exactly the way you thought it would be.

Achievement demands persistence, and yet being persistent is not the same as being stubborn. Achievement comes from being persistent and also flexible.

It is impossible to foresee every twist and turn in the road. You must be willing to navigate each turn as you arrive at it.

Set your goal, make your plans and preparations, and be ready to adapt when circumstances demand it. Remember that the goal is to reach the destination you’ve chosen, not necessarily to follow the exact plan you’ve laid out.

By all means, pay attention to the particulars of your path. Yet don’t get so attached to the plan that you compromise the goal.

Draw your strength and inspiration from the purpose you’ve chosen to follow and from the value you intend to create. Focus on the destination, and you’ll work your way there no matter what.

— Ralph Marston

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My destination is to be healthier... this means healthier in ALL area of my life. Mind, body, and spirit. It means acknowledging my mistakes, my weaknesses, and dealing with what I can control and going on forward.
Today is a new day. I'm jumping in where I am. I am more aware this morning of a weakness. I have my day planned, and I will go through it. I am prepared and am going to enjoy today!
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    This is a "me, too" post. I ate a bunch of stuff today. I had to work both shifts since there were no other cashiers available. And I got into that emotional eating rut and bought and ate two bags of cheetoes, the small size, but still more calories than I had any business eating. Well, I'll get myself back on track. Tomorrow is another chance.
    1862 days ago
    Well, I guess emotional eating is a part of normal eating. This Monday I had a very unpleasant doctor's visit. After that I fixed a delicious dinner for my family and had numerous helpings of it and instead of filling guilty I felt better and more optimistic! I didn't cross the thin line between emotional eating and overeating (as I used to do in the past) so I actually felt as a winner this time.
    1863 days ago
    OH such a perfect blog... I will recommend it to my friends. The fact you recognized the reaction to the debate and then processed what you had done.... BRAVO to you!!! that's hard work. I know!!! I don't usually move through my process so quickly.
    And the words of inspiration for the day, well they were music to my ears. It applies to so many areas in my life. I hope you don't mind me printing it out so I can read later again and again, when I need to be reminded of how to get to the goal. I get lost in the details and end up getting derailed and loosing site of where it is I want to end up.
    Excellent blog.
    1863 days ago
    This is a daily journey, if I were not an emotional eater, I would have never been 100 pounds overweight in the first place.

    Own it, track it, and move on.....
    1863 days ago
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    I don't imagine there is one single person on here that hasn't experienced emotional eating of some kind. Whether it be at the ballbark in a nailbiting 9th inning, or watching an exciting action flick at the theater -you lose yourself in the event and the mouth goes on autopilot. It happens to us all and it happens to those of us on maintenance too. The journey is never over. Its a road with no end. The key is to be consistently as good as you can be and forgive the slip ups when they happen and just get back on track. Marsten is very good at summing up the Sparkpeople philosphy, its great you are finding such motivation in his words.
    Have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend!
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    1863 days ago
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