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Welcome Debbie! Glad you are with us.
First of all, let me congratulate you for taking the first step to getting your life and your health in control. You realized what the problem is and you are taking steps to fix them.
Second, you realize that you have the ability to change your life and your choices...GOOD FOR YOU!
Third, you also realize that they are habits that you must break. Do this one day at a time. There may be some who can quit smoking/over-eating/etc. instantly. There are some who cannot. The focus is not so much on how quickly it take to quit, but that you DO quit. However long it takes, learn from the journey and the lessons will stay with you.
Debbie, you are stronger than you think...just give yourself the chance to prove it.
You will be receiving great advice and words of encouragment from others who have been in your shoes and have succeeded in the battle against emotional eating and smoking. Don't be afraid to call upon us for help.
This is one suggestion you could try...the next time you have an urge to overeat, stop yourself and ask these questions:
What will eating this accomplish?
How will eating this make the situation better?
Is eating this________the answer?
Also tell yourself: 'I AM STRONGER THAN THIS!' when temptation is knocking on your door. I was never a smoker, but I was an emotional eater and I realized that I had to replace the habit of reaching for food for comfort/reward/love/revenge with a more positive action.
It takes time to establish as a healthy habit, so do not beat yourself up if you fall down at times. Get back up and do it again until you succeed.
We are here to help, in any way we can.
We all here wish you the best.
Edited by: LADY_SHERRA at: 8/26/2009 (11:57)
"You gain Strength, Courage and Confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
Hello everyone. My name is Debbie and I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am sad, happy, etc. This is a hard habit to break and even harder when I am trying to quit smoking. I am tried of being depressed every time I look in the mirror - I am tried of disliking myself. I keep it while hidden because my spouse doesn't even know. Does anyone have suggestions about curbing the feeding frenzy?