Hi Fellow Shrinkers! I would love your thoughts on this.
You know how Dr. Gould's methods teach us to be aware of our hunger, to know real hunger from emotional hunger, and how to recognize and avoid using food to fall into a 'trance' when we are avoiding something unpleasant... I feel like I've done relatively well in recognizing and dealing, and I have collected some new tools to use when I'm stressed, or feeling powerless.
BUT ... here's my question. Lately I have been really struggling with my school work. I'm taking classes that I don't enjoy, but must take to move on. Some days I just have to force myself to do homework (as there is always something else that needs doing.) I do a lot of self-talk .. reminding myself of my goals, giving my self an 'atta-girl' when I need to. AND, I have been saving one of my daily snacks and using it as a bribe. It isn't taking me over my calorie count, and it is almost always a food I would eat anyway, but it is a 'treat'... a handful of almonds, a banana, a bit of dark chocolate. I say to myself, "ok, you have calories left and you can have that 1 oz of dark chocolate, once you finish that homework." It works -- it gets me to do what I am not liking.
BUT ... I wonder, should I be using food as a reward? I'm torn because I am really starting to learn to love food again, and be snobby -- only eat what I truly love, not just any old thing. I think that is a good thing. However, do you think using food as a reward is a bad habit?? OOOooh don't I just wish that doing 100 crunches or folding laundry felt like a reward (lol).
And, how do you all get yourself to do those things you really really don't want to do?
Enquiring minds want to know!
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