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Emotional Eating is not my friend!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I definitely agree that I could be in a much better place with my weight loss if I didn't succumb to emotional eating once in awhile. If I were able to "just say no" sometimes, I wouldn't even have gotten fat in the first place!

My triggers are definitely things like my family, boredom, and worry that I will always be fat no matter what.

Sometimes I wish that I could have just started on a healthy lifestyle since I was a kid. But slowly, I just became more and more unhealthy. My husband and I have been discussing ways to show our future children how to live a healthy lifestyle, without it negatively impacting them.

We don't want them to have to worry about gaining weight or counting calories. We don't want them to get eating disorders. We just want them (and us!) to be happy, healthy people.
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    I definitely feel you on the emotional eating. It's the same thing for me. Some days I can just say no, but others it's like, I'll just have one bowl of cereal... and then one becomes two, and so on. It sucks, but I'm trying to go cold turkey. It went well with quitting smoking and quitting pop. But, we'll see. I've been doing it all my life and I think if I just put my mind to it and find other things to do in place of it, it will work itself out. I think we should just be aware of what were doing and how we feel when we get that feeling to eat. And when we start to feel that way or are doing that certain thing, we just get up and go for a walk, maybe go read or take a bath, listen to music. Hopefully that will take that feeling away. Good luck!
    3755 days ago
    Amazing...words right out of my mind and now it is not my children but my grandchildren and great grandchildren that need to know a healthy lifestyle. I think perhaps it is even greater in this day and age than ever. Fast food places, tiredness, emotional rollercoasters that seem to crop up in the most unusual times. My downfall is holidays. Holidays are like an interruption to my lifestyle, a free "anything can be eaten" and in "any quantity" time. But, I know it is emotional eating and that day can be a "just say no" day too. I have similar triggers just in a different manner that I am trying to conquer . When I read your blog I realized that I have to learn how to deal with interruptions to my day: That the hour I spend at a doctors office or when a friend drops by does NOT constitute a crisis...it is merely and hour or so out of a day. I have finally figured out interruptions to what I have programmed in my mind for the day is the problem. It appears we both know the problem...now, we only need to concentrate on a solution. From your blog it seems that you are well on your way to conquering this, and from your blog I thought: WE CAN SOLVE THIS AND KEEP A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR OURSELVES AND AS EXAMPLES FOR OUR LOVED ONES.
    3758 days ago
    I agree so much! I do the exact same thing.
    3759 days ago
    Wow, I hear you! My triggers are the same. It was really hard when I would give in to the temptation to "fill" myself with feel goods. For me, I give myself 1 bite and let it go. ie. if I see ice cream and really need it, I take one spoonful, say that's enough and let it go. But I only do that if I just can't say no. (Not everytime I see something I want). I feel like, in reallity, for anyone living a healthy lifestyle, occassionally, we splurge in moderation. Since I feel like this is supposed to be a lifestyle change, I ask myself if it fits in the lifestyle not just my diet plan today. That said, I do log it and still make sure my calories are under.

    I don't know what you are succumbing to, but I thought maybe this might help. I understand regretting what could have been, or as a child, what should have been. Just remember, regret is the mother of depression and depression definately leads to unhealthy eating. You weren't in control then, you are now. You can do it as long as you focus on the future and the fact that you control it. Hope this was helpful
    3763 days ago
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