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Stressed and Bored? Sometimes.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My mission: In your SparkPage blog, write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating.

Oh boy.

Boredom. Bored, bored, bored...wonder if anything's in the refrigerator.

Deadlines at work...too much to do...gee I think Ann has a large supply of chocolate in her office including Twix bars and Dove Dark chocolates.

Those two items - stress and being bored are two of my triggers for diving for the food dish.

I am happy to report that I have developed or more accurately gone back to some coping mechanisms for this. In the second case, the stress case, I try to go on 'walkabout' in the building to blow off steam and I'm careful not to stop by those offices with large supplies of chocolate. When things get particularly over the top, then I change into my workout clothes and go up to the fitness room and jog on the treadmill or get on the elliptical. This isn't always possible, of course, but I try.

Now the bored, bored, bored thing. Well the 'addiction' to the Spark site helps somewhat. I have been spending more time reading or working on crafts, or getting out of the house (I'm hardly ever bored at work, just at home) and spending more time with friends or getting out to walk.

Given that I'm a strong believer in moderation in all things, sometimes I give in to the stress reaction and get one, yes one, Dove Dark chocolate and enter it into my food log. When I'm bored, bored, bored, I haven't (yet) given into grazing. It helps that there's nothing interesting to graze on at home. After all can a bag of carrots really combat boredom?!?! They're all orange, no variety...how....boring.

Okey, dokey, homework complete. :-)
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OWLWHO 7/30/2007 8:50PM

    Stress and boredom. We could be twins. So I'm going on vacation. I have just realized that much of the snacking on vacation is done because of boredom (traveling in the car, sitting around at camp). I know I can take a walk or play a game with my family when I'm camping. Any suggestions about what to do in the car? You're right about carrots...boring...I like sunflower seeds in the shell.

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