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Stress, Decisions and Sugary Conversation Hearts!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Stress is a very strange thing. I don't think our ancestors ever had this amount of stress in their lives because the world has never moved as fast as it does today. We are constantly getting info thrown at us, interrupting us every moment of the day in the overly connected world. We carry this little device around with us that delivers calls, emails, text messages, instant messages, location markers, reminders, calendars and the list goes on. This week, I was on overload. I am a little disappointed to tell you that I gave in to my stress...via Conversation Hearts (yup....those little Valentine's day candies). I really just wanted sugar.

Now, it would have been okay if I could just find a single serving box. However, I went to one store the first day and could only find 12 packs of 2 servings each mini boxes. So, I told myself I don't need it anyways. The second day, more stress, desire for sugar skyrocketed. I happen to stop at a grocery store for dinner...They only had the large conversation hearts, which I don't care for. They taste different to me (I know its in my head, but I wanted the little ones). The third day, I just lost it. I went to the store after the gym (I know!) and decided to just buy the bag, that's all they had. Well...the bag had 15 servings. I ended up eating them all in two days. (the pic is a generic stock photo)

Fast forward to this morning. I gained 2.2 this week. With my body, it doesn't matter that I went to the gym 6 days this week, for a minimum of a hour each day. Nope, my body just always goes up when I eat sugar. Lesson learned.

It got me thinking about decisions. I know the Cornell University study says that on average, we make about 200 decisions each day JUST about food. 200! The brain started turning...with all the stress and info we have today, how many decisions do we make each day? Overall, not just food? It was hard to find an answer online...it seemed to vary from place to place. But, I think the most consistent (albeit vague) answer I got was 100's to up to 5,000. Even if we said it was 1,000 (just picking a # in the range on the low end), that is a ton! Add 200 for food...1200 decisions is a lot. No wonder WL is so difficult. For those of us that learned to cope with food, we have to fight our old habits 200 times a day when we eat and 1000 times a day when we are stressed.

So...my point in looking at this is that I have to view the WHOLE picture here. I am never going to get every decision right ALL the time. But, if I can get even 80% of it right, I will have made a positive change in seriously changing my old habits to new, healthier ones.

While I don't like my 2.2 gain...I need to remind myself that this is a process. It will not happen overnight. And...I need to renew my commitment to getting healthy every single morning for the rest of my life. That is one decision I never have to make again!
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WIFEALF2 2/9/2013 11:12PM

    SORRY FOR YOUR GAIN..BUT WHEN YOU STRESS YOU TEND TO GO FOR BAD CHOICES AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT TRIGGERS YOU MAYBE NEXT TIME WONT BE SO BAD...HANG IN THERE YOU WILL LOST THOSE UNWANTED LBS SOON ENOUGH DRINK ALOT OF WATER FLUSH IT AWAY!!!!HAVE A GOOD REST OF THE WEEKEND ....HUGS
DONT GIVE UP...

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