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Reactions to Stress

Thursday, May 09, 2013

On Tuesday night I blogged about two kittens my Mr found on the roadside in a box. It would have been interesting to see what happened to my cortisol levels at the moment he walked in the door and I heard their little cries. If stress / crisis produces cortisol then my inner bits were drowning in it.

It is in these situations that I learn A LOT about myself and where I am on my wellness journey. IF any emotion sends me into the depths of my food addiction it would be stress/anxiety. I was in the thick of it on Tuesday night.

Here's what I learned -
My bodies first response was to shut down. I wasn't the least bit hungry or thirsty even though it had been a good 5 hours since I last ate. After the rush of adrenalin I still wasn't hungry but my mind was overwhelmed. The Mr went to bed leaving me to figure out the schedule for the night and left me alone with a stocked frig/pantry.

I took a moment to breath and then I fell apart. I cried the ugly cry. Then I wrote my blog on SP. Then I ate but with control and purpose.

That's progress kids!

Progress report on the wee ones:
We took them to the shelter yesterday and they were checked out. They are four weeks old and generally in good health. After hearing they had 45 other kittens in foster care we decided to foster the two we found. They supplied everything we would need for the next four weeks and off we went. Thankfully there are no more night feeds. They are adorable and will steal your heart. Our older cats are getting along great with the change too.
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SGRAY478 5/13/2013 5:02PM

    I am glad to hear about your positive reactions to stress! Also my heart is so happy with the news you are fostering. After spending so much time working at the vet clinic and various animal shelters I can tell you that good fosters are the reason the tiny helpless ones can thrive! You are truly doing a good thing friend!

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JENJESS48 5/10/2013 9:51AM

    I'm so proud of you, KT! Stress eating is my demon, too, and I'm super impressed with how you handled it. And I'm glad the fluffballs are doing well - and that you're getting more sleep!

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TRENTDREAMER 5/9/2013 11:40PM


I very rarely get stressed out to the point that I can't eat. It's happened, but not often.

"Then I ate but with control and purpose. That's progress kids! "
* It totally is. I am really happy for you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/9/2013 9:13PM

    Good for you, being able to keep it together. Like you said, THAT'S progress!

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PURPLE180 5/9/2013 6:09PM

    emoticon and way to keep things under control. emoticon

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EDENFELL 5/9/2013 5:19PM

    The kittens sound adorable. I hear you on the stress leading to overeating bit. I've been slowly getting out of that mode weirdly enough by not stressing about how much I eat (if I measure every last bit, I get stressed out and eat more so relaxing is definitely the way to go)..way to go with coping with anxiety in a healthy way. Sounds like you're doing very well! emoticon

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