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Strength & Vulnerability

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

To break the habit of overeating, I can face challenging eating situations in a "vulnerable state" or from strength.

A state of physical strength:

1. Get enough sleep
2. Eat every 2-3 hours
3. Stay hydrated
4. Workout daily

A state of physical vulnerability:

1. Not enough sleep. Note: if you're sleeping enough time, but waking tired, consider a sleep study
2. Coming to meals starving hungry
3. Not drinking enough water; thirst can be mistaken for hunger
4. Skipping workouts

Emotions can also leave you in a state of vulnerability to overeating. Even happy emotions like going to a party or vacation can lead to celebratory overeating. Emotions can be classified with FLAP (fear, love, anger, pain). I'll give you some examples, so you get the picture and can flap it yourself.

A state of emotional vulnerability:

1. Fear--performance anxiety, bad news, afraid to hurt cook's feelings, surprise

2. Love--celebrations with friends & family

3. Anger--revenge, Oh, I've stuffed lots of anger down with food!

4. Pain--grief, loneliness, rejection, sadness, self-judgment, regret, not wanting to "waste" food,

I have to think about this a little more, to decide what constitutes a state of emotional strength. My mental & emotional muscles need a little more flexing! If you have any suggestions, please post them.


Motivational quote:
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
- Mahatma Gandhi
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOELEVENACIOUS 12/19/2013 9:08AM

    Your doin it!

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DEZZIEJAMES 12/11/2013 10:11AM

    You have a great plan, and I love your perspective!

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ISABELLE31 12/10/2013 8:58PM

    Great perspective!

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PRINCESS_SOFI 12/10/2013 5:21PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2013 4:00PM

    I have been working on similar things. I find that it is challenging to pull it all together.

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MISSYGEEN 12/10/2013 3:08PM

    Great blog. This is a lot to think about. Thank you for sharing

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/10/2013 2:03PM

    In electric vehicles, they talk about "range anxiety" - the fear you will run out of juice before you hit the next charging station.

I find myself binging when I look at a food, crave it and then eat it all the while promising myself that "I'll never eat it again" which just fuels me eating more (because of course I will never eat it again....right?)

But if I fortify myself with the true belief that I can have that food - the craving/desire/frantic eating patting goes away.

Sometime I would eat some of it right there and then, but it was not the binge mentality were I ate until I felt sick. It was normal eating.

I derive a great deal of comfort and emotional strength from those thoughts of abundance.

Much of my problem with food the last few months was a pain/anger reaction. I'm picking myself up slowly, but I'm realizing how very hard it is to get back into ALL the good habits that I had.

I'm being patient though and with help from friend like you and blogs like these...I know I can do it!!


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