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Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've been struggling with anxiety the last few days. Why? Well, I dunno.

Do you need a reason?

Sigh. I've never needed a reason to feel anxiety or depression. They just come along uninvited.

The impact on my food/exercise program? Usually, I will overeat. Eat out of anxiety, not hunger. Wanting somethng to soothe me, and my drug of choice for soothing myself is SUGAR.

In hindsight, I can look back at Tuesday's nosedive into the candy jar at work and think "ooooooh. Oh. That's what that was about!" Because again in hindsight, I can see I was struggling with anxiety.

Yesterday I had a rare midweek day off. I still felt anxious, in fact, I felt pretty darn anxious. But I managed to refrain from overeating, or binging on sugar. I worked out and I focused on a project. I also worked on filling up my sleep deficit with a nice nap and some quiet time reading a book.

Yes, I feel it on the fringes of my awareness today, that anxiety. But I know what the monster in the corner is this time, and I know it's just feelings....and feelings don't need to be fed with food.
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    1705 days ago
    You've got some great advice about handling your anxiety - it DOES take practice. I'm an emotional eater (my whole life) and had to create some if/then plans to make me mentally know what the plan was when things happened. IF stress raises at work (demands of the job), then go for a short walk around the building, breathe deeply and come back with a new attitude.

    A part of the emotional eating is the equivocating food with love (I wrote a blog on this very subject this week). It's all about relearning what food is - food is not a security blanket, it is not a hug, it is not love. Now repeat after me - food is fuel. Best of luck!
    1705 days ago
  • DITA48
    I agree with SUSIEQ, it takes practice. Knowing your demons is one thing, but successfully slaying them time and again is what is needed to build confidence. Have patience and determination. You can do it!!
    1705 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    I think it's all about being mindful. You really have to stop and analyze why. It's hard, but it sounds like you did a good job yesterday.

    I think it takes practice. You have to do the hindsight thing multiple times before you start seeing it before it happens.

    Have a great day!
    1705 days ago
    That's the problem with this - it is a vicious cycle cause the anxiety causes those cravings and IF you give in to them - they make them worse......
    1705 days ago
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