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Had a set back but I'm trying

Saturday, March 23, 2013

As a single woman, homeowner, mom, daughter, and teacher, it is hard to fit all of my life in each day. I am working on trying to take better care of me, but the demands are so enormous. Things have been extremely stressful for quite some time moving from one area to another and constant. The stress eating went into full tilt and I find myself back where I was last year at this time. The difference is that I KNOW that SparkPeople works for me. emoticon
Job insecurity, financial difficulties, family unrest, and way to much to do on the house have given way to old habits of eating carbs at night in the recliner mindlessly.

My next project is to rearrange furniture and things to make room for my exercise bike where the recliner now sits. I'm hoping that will give me a place to sit while watching TV where I will be too busy to eat. (worth a shot!)
I'm trying to log my food and do ok during the day. The night time is the toughest time for me. My brain is so overloaded and seems to just shutdown and let my hands and mouth fen for themselves.
Doing my best with what I've got and looking forward to summer when I have more time to take care of me and spend more time with all of you.
I'm giving me credit for catching things before they got bad and for making an attempt to stay somewhat active with my SparkPeople with all that is happening around me. I'm thinking right now that the support I always get here might be exactly what I need to help me stay positive.
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    So sorry I missed this! Was a bit overwhelmed around this time too - and not logging in as frequently. Hope you're doing well and try some sugarfree popsicles at night! ;o) They've gotten me through many an evening! lol!

    1784 days ago
    I think you are making some strides. Is there some way you could find a few minutes to decompress before your dinner or shortly afterwards? If you calmed your mind maybe it would not be wandering around looking for more food. Seriously, I have found that as little as 30 seconds or so several times during the day really has reduced my experience of stress and my feelings of helplessness due to circumstances - I take a couple of deep breaths, express gratitude for something (I try not to repeat the same gratitude every time - stretches the realization that EVERYTHING is not bad), and then ask for the patience and compassion to treat others kindly and gently regardless of what comes up. I did not believe it would help when I read about doing this but I tried and it was more effective than almost any technique I have ever used to calm myself and stop my mind racing.
    1826 days ago
    emoticon You do sound like you have a lot on your plate, figuratively. I have given up sweets and snacking for Lent and have lost almost 15 lbs. Now, IF I could continue this and not fall back into the bad habits, I MIGHT be able to live a "normal" eaters life. Key word, might! emoticon emoticon emoticon Best of luck to you on your journey!!
    1826 days ago
    i think the bike sounds like a great idea. I think doing things while your watching tv is really effective. for exampple, if you eat when you watch tv you tend to eaty more than you normally would because your not really paying attention. SO biking when your watching tv will be good because it won't even seem like a workout. even if you watch tv for hours a day imagine how many calories you can burn by doing mindless activities
    1826 days ago
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