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You Can't Eat Your......

Thursday, January 03, 2013

I spend a lot of time watching Disney Channel...I have a 9 yr old who loves the shows on there. I follow "Good Luck, Charlie" "Lab Rats" "Kickin it" probably more than I would like, but there it is. But every now and then, I get my own life lesson while watching these shows, and the movies on Disney....
For example, we were watching "Girl vs Monsters", a movie that essentially tells kids to face their fears and the satisfaction that can come with that. I've seen this movie more than once, but I got a little inspiration from a line, that really has little to do with facing fears. Without boring you with a summary of the movie, at one point the "Girl" becomes scared and begins to stuff herself with cookies, and her friend comes over and says....

"you can't eat your fear."

I am an emotional eater...and Starbucks drinker. I get mad, depressed, sad, disappointed, frustrated...all those feeling and more, I have tried to eat. It doesnt work, for me those feelings dont go away, and then I am even more upset for having eaten everything I could get my hands on! I honestly thought that when I reached my goal weight, things like that would go away...crazy, right? What was I thinking? Time to get real. As a rule, I dont set "resolutions" going into a new year. I always figured if I wanted to do things, I would just do it, and not wait for a new year...so this isnt a resolution, its my "Aha" moment, thanks to the lovely people of Disney...I am going to really pay attention to my eating habits. Ask myself if I am hungry before I start scavaging for a snack. Boredom is frustrating right now, since I am off work till Feb., so I will need to find something to combat that.
I am determined to stay at my goal weight, and tone what I have got. I am making "you cant eat your_________" my mantra, which means I will have to identify the emotion each time I head for the fridge, pantry, or cupboards.
Sure, I could set goals to work out more, drink more water, or eat more healthy, but those are things I know I need to do....what I wasnt doing was paying attention to my reasons behind the destructive kind of eating. I think, that by doing this, I might end up doing some of those things that are good for me...instead of eating cause I am bored, maybe I will get some water, and take a walk, or at least get up and do something... 1 good habit can inspire others!
Still, I know I will stop for that Starbucks, but hopefully I will do it because I want it, and not because I am sad..or frustrated...or mad. I think that will make a big difference.
I cant eat my frustration
I cant eat my anger
I cant eat my boredom
I Can feel good about my choices! Happy New Year!

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    This is awesome! I've been backsliding into emotional eating ever since I found out my husband has cancer. And it hasn't helped. I cannot eat my fear, grief, pain, sadness, anger, feelings of being overwhelmed, fears for my daughter, etc . This is such an easy, great line to remember the next time I'm tempted to binge! Thank you!
    1891 days ago
    Great post!! Going to have to think on that...
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    1902 days ago
    That is great! I'm going to steal that "I can't eat my boredom" line.
    1903 days ago
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