A Nice Breakthrough
Friday, August 16, 2013
You all know about how difficult it is for me to keep things under control with my eating, while having guests in my house. Well, I think I'm over and done with my difficulties with that!
We had the 9- and 10-year-old grands here for 3 days. Day by day I began to see that my stress eating while having company wasn’t happening! Either I am no longer stressed by them being here, or have begun to really practice good coping skills for any stress I’m feeling. No matter what it is, and it’s probably a combination of the two, I am so relieved!
In general I have found a peace around food that I haven’t ever had. And I’m choosing over and over, day by day, to make myself slow down and not think I always wish I could have something to eat. I am being picky and eating only what will satisfy me. I am busying myself as soon as I eat so I won’t linger in the kitchen and find something more when I should have already had enough.
I used to have a hard time transitioning between activities, and would eat if I were thinking of what to do next. It was like every time I had a pause in my day, I felt compelled to reach for food. I’m finally seeing that it’s not food I need, it’s just time to decide on my next activity. Just move on.
Though I may have eaten something recently, I often get a buzzing feeling in my body which I always used to read as something signaling that I needed to fill myself with food. Now I’m more relaxed and look at it objectively and recognize that this feeling doesn’t mean I have to eat. Just get busy and the feeling will pass. And it does!
This is a major breakthrough!
Another exciting thing is that I have not binged since August 1st, which is two weeks! That is so cool because I made it through the wedding party, traveling and babysitting for three days! I’d had a .5 pound loss from last Thursday to Monday, then from this Monday to Thursday, another .5 gone! Hubby thinks it’s due to the decrease in medicine, but I want to take all the credit. Though maybe he has something there, that my mind is thinking more clearly, enabling me to not be so desperate for food. I clearly haven't had to fight as hard these two weeks to not binge. (That medicine isn’t supposed to cause weight gain. But maybe it makes it difficult to lose while on it. Who knows?!)
I didn’t worry about getting exercise while the kids were her, but we did go to a pool for 2 hours, in the water the whole time and swimming or being active the whole time. I taught the 10-yr-old how to do handstands in the water. That was fun, he is so proud of himself!
I’m looking forward to each day now, not feeling such a bondage to food…something I’ve been praying for!