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Good Feelings that Last Longer

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Today one of my teens is in a mood that makes me say "AARRGGHHHHH!" I have made some progress in learning to identify my feelings instead of anaesthetizing myself with food, so I was stopped and reflected...... I felt aggravated, disappointed, frustrated, blue.

Sadly, my usual response is to think I should eat something. But lately I have been getting a lot of satisfaction out of feeling in control of my food choices. Basking in it actually, pumping myself up, trying to make myself remember the sensation of good choices and be hyper-aware: "Hey, I feel so much better when I eat this way."

So in the parking lot of the bagel shop I pulled out my iPod journal and wrote,

I FEEL UPSET THAT D IS FRACTIOUS TODAY. BUT --- IF I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES, THAT WILL INSTANTLY GIVE ME SOMETHING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT. THOSE GOOD FEELINGS WILL LAST MUCH LONGER THAN THIS BLUE MOOD. THOSE GOOD FEELINGS WILL INCREASE AS MY HEALTH GAINS AND MY BODY GRADUALLY CHANGES SHAPE.
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  • v NANCY-
    What a clever solution.

    It is interesting that it is often said that the behavior of teens drives us to "x".
    The reality is that we choose our reactions.
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    1288 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    Excellent distraction from that usual pattern: I'll have to try this!!
    1289 days ago
  • v VISUALLYRICS
    So healthy to journal your thoughts! emoticon
    Being mindful of your eating is a HUGE step in making Progress!!
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    1289 days ago
  • v CAMEOSUN
    emoticon I am "on board" with this. I was having a good morning & then 12 y.o. son had a fit because his PS3 (game system) got shut down last night & he lost all his "points" for a game. I tried to put his "problem" in perspective. Ummm...when you one day have no job or a place to live [hypothetically] then that is something to cry about. [Dismissing his issue - - and moving on to a better day].

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    1289 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2013 3:35:57 PM
  • v RUNNINGOMA
    Wow, what a great idea to journal that!
    I know I feel way better when I am controlling my food and it is not controlling me.
    Time for me to return to journalling!
    1289 days ago
  • v JOYFULMOMTO5
    Great perspective!
    1289 days ago
  • v PARASELENIC
    Sorry you are dealing with a fractious offspring. Teenagers are no fun: being one, living with one, or parenting one.

    Good job identifying your feelings, though, and even better that you took the time to identify them as a trigger AND hold off on emotional eating-- WAY TO GO!

    You deserve to feel good, you deserve to be healthy. You're doing great, and you're handling these speedbumps like a pro racer.

    Thanks for sharing-- and I hope you don't mind that a fellow BLC21 (azure destinations) person checked in... feel free to drop by our island and get a foot rub and relax on the beach! We love visitors and I know the island is a good escape from unruly teens!
    1289 days ago
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