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Eating my Feelings

Friday, January 18, 2013

So not one day after posting my whole "Cheat Day" blog, I had a terrible food day. I actually started off really well. I ate my Nutrigrain bar for breakfast (I am only awake for about an hour in the morning before going back to bed, so I can't tolerate anything too heavy). I had another bar on the way to work. So far, so good. Drank some juice and had a cup of applesauce for snack. Still good.

Then all hell broke loose. We had a bad situation at work and my nerves were completely shot. I wound up eating my feelings in a way I haven't done in a long, long time. I ate three pieces of pizza and three sugar cookies in about 20 minutes time. I knew as I was eating them, I was making a terrible choice but I couldn't seem to stop myself.

Fortunately, I stopped myself before eating anymore. I stayed under my calories for the day (barely) but they were horrible calories. When 2 food items make up the bulk of your daily calories, you are probably not doing something right.

The saving grace in all of this? I learned I am still vulnerable to stress and stress eating. I learned I need to find a better way to challenge my frustration. I learned that eating that pizza and cookies didn't make those negative feelings go away, it just added to them.

Lesson learned.

Today is a new day.
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CHICAT63 1/19/2013 6:40AM

    You are not alone, stress does that to a body you reacted. The important thing is water and at the next meal you reset yourself ! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/18/2013 7:51PM

    Ugh! You know many of us can and do have days like you did. It happens but the important thing is that you did stop when you did and that you learned that you are still vulnerable to "eating your feelings". You will do better if / when it happens again. You did stop instead of letting it get out of control even more than it did. That in itself is a BIG accomplishment! Today was a new day and you started over again where you left off. This whole thing is a learning process. You are still doing well! Keep up the great work my friend!!! emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 1/18/2013 7:37PM

    Wow! We are a lot alike! I've been responding to stress by eating everything in sight! The sad thing is, I know I'm doing it but that doesn't make me stop!
I've finally done okay today - not great, but okay.
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ALEXSGIRL1 1/18/2013 7:28PM

    Do you always eat nutragrains bars for breakfast? maybe make a hard boiled egg or a peanut butter sandwich which can either be eaten right when you get to work or on the way. you will feel fuller and less tempted to indulge. But don't worry to much about it it happens to all of us especially us women when the hormones get involved. In fact I would still be hungry after what you ate . I need protein and fruits and vegetables to feel full. Tomorrow is a new day. You have been doing super awesome think about that.

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NEWNAC304 1/18/2013 1:41PM

    Good for you for finding a positive in this and not beating yourself up! Stress eating is hard to control. When I'm stressed I want crunchy food. And not good stuff li,e carrots and celery! I want chips, and lots of them! Keep working on it, you're doing great!

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KITT52 1/18/2013 1:08PM

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SPARTAN40 1/18/2013 12:32PM

    You learned AND you stayed within calories. That is a great step forward!

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BOOKWORM27S 1/18/2013 11:16AM

    I struggle with this, too....

The most important thing is to get right back on track for the next meal.
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ASTRA58 1/18/2013 11:03AM

    That you stopped yourself is an accomplishment. Way to go! There's an old saying about never making mistakes means never learning. You definitely learned something about yourself and now you can put that knowledge to work.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2013 10:42AM

    Mama said there'd be days like this. (smiling) It's part of the process. There will be more. The key here is that you stopped.
And you'll do better and better all the
time. It's a process that requires
patience.

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QUILTANDKNIT 1/18/2013 10:28AM

    And you stopped. That is an amazing accomplishment in itself! emoticon

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