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A difficult week so far (emotional eating and PMS)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I've been having a tough week. I think it's mostly hormonal (PMS) and I'm hoping things will get easier soon, but the past few days have been awful. I've felt irritated, tired, depressed, anxious and bored. Not a good combo for an emotional eater! This is something that happens every month because of hormonal changes and even though I know what's causing it it's really annoying and frustrating! I've felt very low on energy and yesterday I was just in a bad mood all day feeling depressed (for no obvious reason) and really bored. Also, I usually try not to complain about the weather because there is nothing you can do about it, but I just have to get this out of my system: I AM SO SICK OF WINTER!!!!

This week the weather has been cold, grey and wet. It's either raining or snowing and I'm so sick of it, I miss sunny, warm weather; I miss flowers; I miss summer breezes; I miss the beautiful sunsets and going outside for a walk without having to wear layers and layers of clothes.

THERE. I said it.

It's hard to get motivated to go out and exercise when it's 10 degrees outside and snowing. I've gone jogging in that weather (actually, a few weeks ago I went for a jog when it was -4 degrees outside - talk about commitment, right?) but it's really hard and the muscles are cold. Today it was a "warm" winter day, about 40 degrees and rainy but I still didn't want to go outside and run. Well, in a month or two it'll be spring again. I'll just have to suck it up until then.

I've been making very bad decisions this week. I haven't been following my meal plan or getting enough exercise which is only making me feel a lot worse. I've been trying to numb my bad mood by eating too much and often the wrong things (for example, I made cookies yesterday and had five after dinner. Only made me feel A LOT worse!!). I KNOW it's not going to help and yet I choose to do it. I don't understand myself sometimes. I made a conscious decision to go to the store, buy the ingredients, make the cookies and then eat them. It wasn't a spur of the moment kind of thing; I had time to reflect on it and change my mind, but I chose not to. All I wanted to do was eat to make me feel better. Classic emotional eating.

I need and want to start making better decisions to make me feel better and more in control, but as we all know, it can be easier said than done. I'm going to take baby steps to get past this slump and move on. It'll be February in a few days and I want to start it off on the right foot. So from now on; no excuses, I'll go out every day for a nice, brisk walk (no matter what the weather) and I'll stick to my meal plan. I also need to get back to doing yoga at least five times a week! It makes me so sad I stopped doing it, it really made me feel so good, I don't know why I stopped.

I'm struggling right now to feel energetic or positive. I know it'll pass soon and until then, I'll just have to keep working hard even - and especially - when the going gets tough.

I hope you're having a great week so far!

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BEVERLYB1989 2/5/2013 12:43PM

    I am the exact same way with the weather! If it's too cold outside I don't even want to drive to the gym. And I'm not even working out outside!! One thing that works for me is just not even giving myself a chance to think about it, just putting my shoes one and going before I can change my mind. It definitely doesn't work all the time...but sometimes :/ Just a few more months and we wont be able to escape that beautiful sunshine!! Good luck!

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MAKI34 1/31/2013 12:41PM

    OH my gosh that is so me. I get like this even when I'm not PMSing. And now that I'm so tired cause of my new baby it's hard not to feel like that. BUt don't be hard on yourself, just get back on track and forget the past.

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KRICKET4 1/31/2013 11:50AM

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Wouldn't it be great if we could capture a perfect day to reuse when we're having a bad one?
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Hang in there!


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CECISMOMMY09 1/31/2013 6:27AM

    im like this every period! Things will get better head up girl!

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KRISZTA11 1/31/2013 4:03AM

    Walking outside is a very good idea.
Winter weather is the most depressive when watched out if the window.
I don't know why, but it always looks and feels so much better when I'm outside running or walking.
Of course, it is not so cold here, just the usual snow, rain, greyness and so on.
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MERRY_XMAS 1/31/2013 3:11AM

    Yeah, I'm sick and tired of winter, too, for exactly the same reasons!
I have PMS, too, this week and I feel like I'm starving! I eat and when I'm done I'm immediately hungry again...
Well, it's only one week, it's gonna go away in a few days...
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RODRIGUEZ41508 1/30/2013 11:14PM

    Sorry to hear you have been having a tough week too. emoticon
I am Sick of winter too emoticon and I can't wait for Spring time to be here. I just try to keep in mind that Spring is around the corner and I can tell that the days are getting a little longer now and I am loving that. Like you, I can't wait for Spring and Warm weather Sunny days to be here emoticon . Hang in there girl, I know it's even tougher when it's that time of the month (it really Sucks !) I know because that's when my cravings really kick in and I tend to feel extremely exhausted for the first 3 days. Try to Meditate to begin with and Re-focus on your goals again. Also, since you really enjoy yoga and it makes you feel so good, then Just Do It girl. You will definitely stick to something that you enjoy doing and makes you feel great....So get back on that yoga train and work it ! Just keep in mind that you are STRONGER than you think and you can Overpower the bad emotional cravings or depression feelings you get. Get over it and move on chica. Remember You Got This ! and it's all in the Positive Power of our Minds.
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IUHRYTR 1/30/2013 10:40PM

    You have gotten off track before, as we all have but the pride in all you have achieved so far as the fear of regressing has gotten you back on track. Maybe when you feel bored, stressed, lonely, etc., and start to reach for food, remind yourself how easy it is to backtrack then get going on 15-20 minutes of exercises -- jumping jacks, push ups, lunges -- things you can do inside. See if that helps you resist the temptation of emotional eating. You can get back on track, Annie, I know you can. emoticon -- Lou

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DOVESEYES 1/30/2013 10:30PM

    I enjoyed your blog, it's great when you can say how you really feel and put it all down. It's also great to find so many people feel it with you and 'get it'.

I agree it will pass, cookies are cookies, my offer is to eat one between breakfast and lunch then walk it off. Eat it slowly savour it mmm...chocolate... emoticon

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MOVES327 1/30/2013 7:52PM

    Just get back on track. I am sure you will.

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LIZ1147 1/30/2013 6:50PM

    I'm sorry. :-( You can get through this! I hear ya...I'm so sick of the nasty cold, wet weather here, too. Between the weather and stress from school and work, and having no life I've been stressed, too, leading me to make some unhealthy choices over the last couple of weeks. We can do this! Just remember, spring is around the corner!

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JADOMB 1/30/2013 6:43PM

    It happens, but I know you'll pull through it. I know the feelings you are having about winter even though San Diego doesn't really have one to speak of. I think most of us are wanting our nice warm sunny days back to cheer us up. It will come soon. In the mean time, cheer up my gorgeous sweet lady, you have much to be happy about.

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CANES4EVER63 1/30/2013 5:47PM

    :( It'll pass though. Sometimes we just get in a funk and it sucks, but it always passes. I find that exercise really does help! If you don't want to go outside and get in that cardio, I'd highly recommend http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/tagg
ed/workout+challenge/page/3 Look for the "All Cardio Challenge". It's INTENSE. Do that 3 or 4 times (each circuit takes about 10 minutes) and you'll be thinking "Wow, I'm glad THAT'S over!".

But just keep smiling and dreaming out spring. It'll be here before you know it :)

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LYNSEY723 1/30/2013 4:41PM

    I agree - winter sucks!!! I am also ready for spring. Keep pushing and you will get through this!!!

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JACKIE542 1/30/2013 4:33PM

    I know how you feel, this Winter has been really hard, I really miss my gardens, I know I have lost many plants to the freeze we keep getting. I tell myself soon it will be spring, and I will plant new things.
We know what to do, we can do this. Pretty soon we will all be back and feeling better. Take good care. emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 1/30/2013 4:14PM

    Sorry you're having a tough week! It sounds like you know what to do to get back on track, it's just a matter of making those choices. I know you will! emoticon

Usually I have terrible PMS and give in to all my worst urges (to eat poorly and skip workouts). I've been eating very well lately and I think that helps with the energy to workout and fight off the cravings. It is usually my instinct to give in to but now I realize I probably only make things worse for myself that way. emoticon

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