This interview..wont be in your local grocery store..(sorry)
LET'S ASSESS THE TRIGGERS--
The interview begins:
Can You please list ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?
A. Some of my trigger foods are Chocolate-pasta-nuts- chips-breads
What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?
A. All the above especially when they are very near and easy for me to reach on any of my stressed out days, but lately I have been doing much better so I think this won't be
a problem for me at the moment.
Q. Can you describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks.
A. My Example : Stressed Out from a very long night at work. I'm tired and so frustrated -
What room are you in,
A. Second floor -nursing station
Q.what time is it?
A. It's early morning between 7:30 and 8:45
Q. What are you doing?
A. Usually, fighting sleep and complaining about all the things that needs to be done, but
don't have enough time do it all in, not enough staff and too much dealing with technology than the patients alone.
Q. Who is with You?
A. Who is with me? Ha.. the other complainers and frustrated coworkers whose tired of working so hard trying to make ends meet, feeling unappreciated and just ready to go home. Day shift workers coming in asking hundred questions and can't hardly say a simple 'hello'-
Q. .and how do you feel?
A. Im tired and trying to keep reality in check and remember like i tell them all the time to be appreciative we have a place to clock in to--
Are you tired?
A. YES, I AM-
Q. Are you eating to feel better?
A. I guess I am. I don't really think about it when I'm eating the item. It's when I take the last bite I think about it and my usual statement " I shouldn't have eaten that, I feel terrible'
A. Are you rewarding yourself?
Are you bored?
By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better?
A. It doesn't make it better, I feel worse, I feel like I can' turn around since I started the morning off with such a bad choice. I feel bad that I wasn't in control.
Q. What should you be doing at that time?
A. I should be getting in my car and going home and getting myself ready for bed.
Q. Do you see a pattern?
A. Yes, I started to see a pattern.
Q. What types of foods are you reaching for?
When I'm done with my shift and have clocked out. I usually take the elevators to the
A level and right below me is a cafe- Starbucks Cafe .
The display, in the Cafe, is set up with mostly desserts, but they do serve salads and fruits.
Well, on my bad days I go for the desserts.. doughnuts, muffins, cakes..etc..
It doesn't help matters none, when they have a section where they are marked down.
Q. Does convenient access make a difference?
A. Yes, because the cafe is located one floor down from I work, so when I get off in the
morning I take the elevators down and have to pass it up to get to my car. I have many, many times succeeded and passed up that store after my shift was over and felt so IN CHARGE because I didn't purchase a thing. Another way my job plays a part of sabotaging my hard efforts in weight loss, is that my job takes pay roll deductions, so all I have to do is give the cashier my badge to pay for my items, no cash needed.
Q. How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should?
A. Find a job that I can make money while I am sleeping.
1st. I will do breathing exercises and just keep thinking positive and to remind myself I am only human. I am not perfect and I am not going to be pushing myself so that I am getting sick. It is not worth it because at the end of the day, if something happens to me it will just be another 'job position open'--
Lately, I have been doing better when I leave work. I've been drinking my teas so my cravings have shifted. My stressed out days now- if I do happen to go into the cafe I will buy their fruit or get their salads. I have slowed down a lot on my purchases. Lately, since I have been leaving out later than usual, I have no desire to eat, I just want to go home, unwind and get some zzzzzzzzzz
Q. How will you not do that again?
A. The temperature is slowly rising so I will start taking another route to get to my car and i won't pass by any shops.
Q. Can you pick a replacement habit or behavior that will cause you to pause, and think do I really want to do this, and why? Maybe it would help to walk away from the trigger - drink water, go for a walk, phone a friend, go outside, look out the window, brush your teeth, or play with your pet? Be consistent so you can develop the new habit.
A. I will just think of the "NEW ME" and continue loving the person I am today.
My strategy to avoid the Triggers will be to just stick what I am doing today. I will bring my food to work and drink my teas. Complete my work assignments that best I can do at the time. I am not going to put extra pressure on myself. I wll continue to blog and be motivated by my spark friends, articles, and results. My family has motivated me and I will continue to change up my routine. When I change it up..it keeps me so motivated to do more. I want My Positive Attitude and Actions to help others who are going through the same emotional roller coaster .
Q. What did you learn from doing this assignment?
A, I know why I put on those extra pounds and how I need to continue to stay focused and
not put too much on myself and just keep the fire going. Not giving up.
Q. Anything else to add?
A. Great interview. I'm ready to rock this challenge-I'm ready to take steps to help me get even closer to reaching my goals.