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Comfort eating

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's been quite a week. I had a call from my daughter's basketball coach last weekend, whilst she was away for a tournament in Luxembourg, to say she wasn't feeling too well. By the time she got home on Saturday evening she was quite poorly. For many years now she has suffered from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. We thought she had grown out of it as she hadn't had an attack for over 3 years, but no, it had hit again with a vengeance.

Long story short - she ended up in hospital for a few days whilst they tried to stop the nausea and get some fluids into her body. Once she got the care she needed, she recovered very quickly and is now home again as if nothing had happened.

I, meanwhile, have managed to put on 4 lbs this week, which disappoints me. I know exactly what went wrong. I am a comfort eater - the first sign of stress and I reach for the chocolate. It's more than a craving - I physically feel hungry, with proper tummy rumbles and all! Factor in that I was trying to eat from a hospital cafeteria menu combined with what they'd got in the gift shop, no tracking, no chance to exercise, very little water and poor sleep and it's no surprise the weight crept on. I'm sure that I could have made better choices but I had other things on my mind.

SO.... back to basics this week. It will be a challenge. We were supposed to be on the ferry to England last Friday evening for the midterm break which obviously didn't happen, but I have managed to change the booking to Tuesday evening. So we will be staying with my parents for a few days. My mum is a feeder - and she will see Amy's hospital stay as the perfect excuse to "build us up". But it will be manageable and I can get out for some good walks. My sister is a runner and has already mentioned us going out for a wee joglet together. And Lent begins on Wednesday, which will be an extra source of motivation to stay off the sugar.

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LIS193 2/11/2013 12:03PM

    So happy your DD is feeling better and is home again. Ah.. those stress pounds.
When you get to your mum's relax and go with the flow, go walking and jogging with your sister - let's hope the weather will be nice (as nice as it can be this time of year...)
Have a safe trip!

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WILSONWR 2/11/2013 9:02AM

    I know what you must be going through, Dawn. I also don't do well with stress -- I'm working on it, but I still have a ways to go to change life-long habits. But, like me, you're a fighter and won't let this get you down.

I'm definitely glad your daughter is doing better. Good luck on the visit with your Mom - it will definitely be fun, but with that fun comes a lot of temptations. Sounds like you have a plan, though! Take care.

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LOLABLACK69 2/11/2013 5:37AM

    Ahhh... Know exactly what you're talking about. I'm a comfort eater also. And it's been the biggest source of problems for me during college, finding the job, and now when I'm working also because I have a student loan to pay off and I'm working on a contract, signing it literally month by month. It's a struggle most of the time when life hits me not to reach for chocolate, or sandwich, or anything. But I'm trying to work it out now. Hope you'll make it, too! It's not easy, so if you need any support - just ask! emoticon
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BLUENOSE63 2/10/2013 6:20PM

  Oh what a week you have had....thank goodness your daughter is doing better! As for the weight, it is from stress as well -- when a person is great deal of stress, the old cortisol goes right to the stomach and voila weight gain. It will go as fast as it came once you are back to your normal routine! Stress also makes you either really hungry or the opposite -- you don't want to eat at all.

When you get back send me a sparkmail and I will send you my 18 week training plan for the half marathon (if you still want it) as I am doing the training through our local running room

Have a good holiday with your Mom

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DUTCH1811 2/10/2013 5:48PM

    Good for you for having a plan. I thought I was the only one that had those all out feeling hungry symptoms with the grumbling tummy during Stress/Emotional eating episodes. I can eat a full healthy meal with carbs, protein and fiber and fell like I have had nothing to eat all day.
I also have figured out that if I do not eat a decent meal within an hour of waking I feel hungry all day (this just hit me within the past few days... DUH...LOL)

Your plan sounds great. emoticon emoticon

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