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Trigger Moments = Consequences

Monday, February 25, 2013

Found out a trigger moment for me and food. I didnt realize it till I had already indulged myself without even thinking and now I am mad at myself for it. Stress, tension and aggravation is definitely a trigger moment for me but not in all circumstances. My teenage son is being highly rebellious and very very difficult at some points to deal with and these last couple of days have been pushed to the max on my stress levels. I am not blaming him for my stress eating I am just saying I actually noticed that it is one of the times I do stress eat. I need to find a new way to cope with this and take responsibility for my own actions. I hold the fork , no one else does and it is ME that shoves the stuff in my mouth thinking it will give me some type of comfort and well in this case my eyes was opened and it did not!!! So how do I work around this? First of all next time it happens I think instead of heading to the kitchen I will just walk outside and breathe and walk till I gain control of my emotions. I will remember the promise I made to myself and stop being a whiner baby and looking for comfort in food. I am an adult I need to act like one. I need to set an example for my children and show them things can be accomplished no matter what is going on!!!
This week the consequences of my stress eating is, I will add 10 minutes each day to my exercise and hopefully reverse some of the damage I did to my diet. Would also like to figure out other trigger moments as well and work on those, so when they occur I know not to stuff my face. Note to self: Food is meant to sustain life not to be used as comfort or entertainment!!!!
Changing bad habits into good habits is not so easy but I do know I can make strides in trying to better myself. The healthy eating is not only a physical journey but a mental one as well and I suppose it does take time to overcome some things but I also realize first and foremost I have to be responsible and open to seeing the things I have wronged.
Lesson for me was I had a trigger moment, that moment led to eating things I knew better than too.
Consequence for me I have to own what I done and remind myself to not punish my body for a weak moment. Also have to work harder this week to drop what I gained.
But I do forgive myself for this because after all I am only human. I will do better, I will be more aware, I will walk away.
Everyone have a blessed happy day!!!
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COLLEENROSTE 2/25/2013 7:41AM

    you can only tackle one thing at a time and you gained a huge victory yesterday in realizing how confrontation with your son is a very real trigger for you. sounds like you have chosen a fair substitue activity for stress eating (get out of the immediate situation by taking a walk). You have also taken ownership/responsibility for your eating behaviour--again a huge step forward on the road to learning healthier behaviours. Sometimes we just can't help but eat- have you preportioned some baggies of 'safe' foods? ( I have some snack bags with nuts raisins and craisins mixed, and some larger zip bags I keep rice chex and whole wheat pretzel bits mixed with walnuts and raisins and craisins)- I am thinking of adding a "mom's emergency bin" to the pantry shelf. Try not to use extra exercise as a punishment in a case like this, for me it would just turn me off from any extra fitness time and I really struggle to get it in--maybe that isn't an issue for you. Sending positive thoughts for you as you expand your coping strategies

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