Thursday, January 31, 2013
Like anything new and exciting, I started using Spark People with high hopes. I used the food and exercise trackers everyday and I was extremely motivated to stay on track. The first two weeks were smooth sailing. Then I hit a giant bump in the road. I received a phone call from my step-mother saying that my father was in the hospital and on life support. My family and I spent the next week in the hospital waiting for my father to get better. While in the hospital I did not have the stability of homemade food and took comfort in pizza, donuts, candy, and fast food. I was also unable to make it to the gym, which is not only a place to exercise, but it is where I release all of my stress for the day. Not only did I feel upset because my father was very sick, but I also felt guilty for not staying on track. And when I experience stress, depression, and guilt I tend to use food to make myself feel better.
A close friend of mine really helped me put things into perspective. I shouldn't feel guilty about not keeping track of my calorie intake and missing exercising for a few day. I should continue to focus on taking care of my father and being there for my family. And I have realized that I need to find another way to deal with my emotions other than using food.
My father is off life support and on the road to recovery and I am starting to use the food and exercise trackers again. Whether you are dealing with illness, stress, depression, or weight loss, it is important to take things one day at a time.