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Hello, my name is Cathy....

Sunday, November 18, 2012

And I am a compulsive overeater. I have been fighting the "want/need" to eat sweets for over 3 months. I feel like a complete and utter failure. I am so stressed out at home, that I have turned back to food to comfort me. Nothing else fills me like food. Nothing else makes me feel complete. I have a need to eat even though I know that I am over-full! I am ashamed of myself. My pants are getting tighter. I need to stop. I am looking for an OA meeting in my area.

Does anyone else feel this way?
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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/26/2012 4:37AM

    I have the same tendencies, but I consider myself an emotional eater.........not necessarily a compulsive overeater. From what you're describing, it sounds like you are trying to fill an emotional void with something that makes you feel good, no matter how temporary that feeling is.

Food is our drug.............and we have the same relationship with it that drug addicts have with their chemical of choice. We get our "high" from the taste of whatever goes in our mouths........for you it's sweets.

Please, my friend, don't see this as a failure. It is a weakness - and addiction - and it's something you recognize you need help with handling. THAT is not failure! The failure comes in not recognizing your food issues and not dealing with them. You've taken the first step. You're here..................

emoticon .......all of us...........together.

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BLUEROSE73 11/18/2012 2:07PM

  Yep. Especially with all the other stress I've been under for the past 5 weeks. I just keep trying to do my best. Do better than I did yesterday. And forgive myself for the slip ups.

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TOGEMON 11/18/2012 9:34AM

    I feel that way too. Sweets-- especially cookies and donuts-- are my biggest weakness.

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BHOLMAN1005 11/18/2012 9:01AM

    Yes, you have told my story. When you mentioned sweets, I had to make dessert for a church meeting, there was a cake left over. I took it to a meeting the next day (we never have anything to eat) they told me I could have put it in my freezer--I told them they did not understand if I knew it was in the freezer it might not even stay in there long enough to get frozen.

The only sweets I now keep in the house are some dark semi-sweet choc chips and mix the bag with a bag emoticon of almonds (It resembles the taste of a candy bar).

I make up salmon load--while it doesn't taste as good as chips--when I get stressed I pull a piece out of the freezer and it is better than nothing.

Keeping everything tempting out of the house helps. Since I joined SP I have lost 49 pounds total but a lot more because of falling off the program every time there are sweets or salty chips in reach.

Good luck

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/18/2012 2:13AM

    emoticon emoticon I am an emotional eater! I want to eat when I am happy, sad, excited , stressed, ect... I have had to find new outlets for my emotions. I take a walk, grab a book, call a friend or come onto spark.. You can beat it! Hang in there, spark friend, one day at a time! emoticon

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MAIN77 11/18/2012 2:07AM

  I know you can overcome this. Don't give up! emoticon

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ZRIE014 11/18/2012 12:51AM

  you have to remember than food is not what you are really trying to eat, but only trying to satisfy that enter feeling. emoticon

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CHIBIKARATE 11/18/2012 12:32AM

    Every day is a new start tomorrow will be a good day all you have to do is say no once and drink some more water if your still hungry probably not but I feel ya emoticon emoticon emoticon

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