What are my Triggers?
What foods? mac n cheese, chips and cheetos, chocolate, pastries
What Situations? Family get togethers (luckily these only happen a few times a year)
Free food is a HUGE trigger for me. It happened today. I am so broke that when someone offers free food it is hard to pass up, even if it's not the healthy choice I would normally make. There is also the voice in my head that says "today there is a free donut and you really don't want it, but when you do want a donut it will be $1.25, better eat the free one now." As ridiculous as that seems it is a huge problem for me.
Reading at night and a bowl of chips often go hand in hand.
Mental Health concerns, when my mental health is bad my eating choices often follow.
What people? My parents whom I only see about six times a year thankfully.
My girlfriend who is in much better shape than me. She means well and she is supportive of my goals but there are two things that she does that trigger me. A) Making me feel bad for not eating enough, especially if she bought the food or made something special. B) Making me feel like gym time is time neglecting her. We spend a LOT of time together, and I feel bad when she really wants my attention and I choose to work out instead.
My friend Colleen who makes amazing pastries and often wants to share them.
What are ways I can avoid them?
Not keeping trigger foods in the house is number one.
Having a plan of what to eat before going to a restraunt and tracking it ahead of time.
Packing my lunches and snacks and only eating what I packed.
Tracking the calories of a binge before or as I eat them to keep my in touch with reality.
Forgiving myself and making a better choice the next day.
Saying NO to others when I really need to take care of myself.
Having my Glucerna for breakfast.
It is a lot of work to plan for avoiding my triggers but not as much work as it is to burn off 1,000 calories of mac n cheese that I ate for a snack. I am not aiming for perfection, but I am hoping for improvement.