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8/25/08 10:25 A

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I used to work second shift at a teenage girl residential treatment facility. I had easy access to lots of food that I would eat. They always bought candy and I would always grab some of that while I was working and for the way home. Then, when I would get home I would eat again.

Now that job caused me to have so much stress. I'm no longer working there. I have a similar job - well it's still in the human services field. I'm changing hours from 1pm-9pm. So hopefully that'll be better.

Just do your best to not eat after work... I know it feels better because I can understand how stressful it is. I was going to work out after work, which helped a lot.

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JELLOBELLY Posts: 422
8/22/08 10:24 P

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Human Services and Social Work can really be a stressful job. (AA Human Services, BA Sociology, and MA MSW)I worked with chemical dependencies, and the mentally ill through a county program and then moved on to developmental disabilities because they are a joy for me. I think if you can find that level of satisfaction then that is what you should be doing. It is not working that cause me the most stress it's people here in California (State budget) are getting laid off their jobs. The terminator (Arnold S Mr. governor)wants to cut State workers jobs. Plus everything has tripled out here like food and gas! Soon we will have to lose weight with all these prices! Social justice is difficult because I see so many injustices in our current system and become very upset that we have to follow rules that don't make sense. It takes forever to change these laws and unfortunately sometimes it's too late.

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8/22/08 9:36 A

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I am not anymore... I am now enjoying SAHMhood. But, I worked on a residential unit for mentally ill (and dual diagnosis) teens for 5 years. I often worked until 11 or 12 at night and would stop over (With 45% of my co workers) at the truck stop across the street and indulge in coffee and cheesy fries until 3 AM. Or we would head across town to the best bar and close it down. Drinking and binging were some of the only ways I knew how to deal with the stress of hearing the horror stories. Plus, being charge staff, I had to deal with all the other staffing issues that arose, making it really stinking hard sometimes. I totally get it. I don't know that I would be capable of losing weight if I were still in that environment!

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8/22/08 7:36 A

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Congrats on these realisations.........its awesome when you can see it in front of you and examine what you ate.......and how it must be effecting your ability to loose the weight! The boys I am with made an interesting comment the other day about a woman who had "LET HERSELF GO" they were embarassed for her and how she looked not simply because of weight but because they deemd it in their minds that she just didnt care about herself and she didnt even care to take good care of herself! I was happy that for whatever reason they didnt feel I was a person who "let herself go"They said to me that at least I was someone who dressed well and made an effort to look my best! Its interesting what blunt teenage boys can say! Sometimes they will say"You look very nice today"(in a certain tone of voice)that just screams for the response....."o.k....what do you want ?"......lol........I love working with these kids even if it causes stress! Its just so great when you have some success!!!!

Without forgiveness life is governed by...an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

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DGLASS2's Photo DGLASS2 Posts: 17
8/20/08 10:41 P

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I really love having this support, you have no idea
I'm already thinking about what I can do Thursday and Friday at work to NOT give into my triggers, have tea, drink water....I just updated my nutrition page...it is sinking in how much I eat in a day, the reason I am gaining weight is getting more clear. 3500 cals today, when my goal is 1500...spark is already helping me be accountable

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8/20/08 7:51 P

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my biggest stress .. two letter word. me. me . me.with out me how wonderful my life would be . i toss all kinds of road blocks into my path. and if i can find a way around the mess i end up doing something else to stand in my own way . so for me it is me . just little me . or should i say big me .

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8/20/08 6:15 P

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You are a blessed person......I commend you on your choice of profession. Yes, you are in a stressful situation......and that is why you are in the right place....we are all in this together.....welcome.....

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TIFFANYJOHNSTON Posts: 95
8/20/08 2:18 P

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I am a little different I do in-home parties for women over the age of 18 (Pure Romance) and let me tell you I seem to eat so much more on those days or nights. The reason I believe that I have been gaining more weight is because of the party foods. I never thought about it until one night when I was eating and felt kind of different. Then when I came home my tummy was sticking out. WOW, that night I promised myself that I would stop eating after I came home from the parties.

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8/20/08 2:05 P

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Hi I am in kinda the same type work, I am a paralegal that works in a law office that does mainly Juvenile Law. We are involved in the cases with the Department of Human Resources so it gets very stressful sometimes. I use to have the same problem but after 8 years of doing this and gaining over 50 lbs from stress eating, I finally got a hold of it and have managed so far to shed 45 of the 50 plus pounds I managed to gain. It hasn't been easy and some days I can hear the bad food calling my name but so far I have been able to resist the urge and you too will get there.

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DGLASS2's Photo DGLASS2 Posts: 17
8/20/08 2:01 P

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You are right, I'm in the same line of work. I just find that it is a huge trigger for me. I don't know how to change it....it all comes with time I'm sure, just got to keep trying

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8/20/08 1:57 P

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Hi.....I work in a foster home dealing with teenage boys who all have various levels of emotional difficulties due to the things that have happened in their lives! Yes it can be very stressful but working with these kids and caring about them usually makes me want to take better care of myself! There are days when I still want the "comfort food"but I am starting to get a handle on that! It takes a change of attitude! Understanding your triggers and learning to redirect yourself! Hugs Tina

Without forgiveness life is governed by...an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.

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DGLASS2's Photo DGLASS2 Posts: 17
8/20/08 1:51 P

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I have linked some of my emotional eating to my chosen profession, yesterday everything was great. I went to work (at a teenage boy group home) and of course I was counselling a teen through his own issues, once it was done (it was pretty intense - crisis type stuff) and I was ready to go home for the night, I ended up grabbing a package of smarties and some candy. As if that was not enough I drive 40 minutes to my house and eat a HUGE serving of ice cream cake right before going to bed.
Was I hungry? Nopeers but I find that it is emotionally draining to do my job and I need to stop looking at food as a way to instantly comfort myself in intense situations. It is like that instant comfort that food can give....ugh. I was so frustrated at myself last night.
Does anyone else have a high stress job dealing with other people's problems that maybe triggers them to eat? I know it goes deeper than that but last night I was thinking, I can't keep doing this! I haven't even started my main career.............
Insight, inspiration, anything welcome


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