this really struck me. i have such a hard time finding a balance in my life. i either over book or when i get stressed from too many activities, i cancel everything and then am bored. i eat way to much and then get discussed with myself and go on a crash diet for a week. i exercise a lot and injury myself so it is nothing for a week til i mend. i am starting an action plan where i list on a calendar what i am going to do and when there becomes three things in one day, the answer is no to any additional items. doing the food and exercise tracking should also help. will report back but hope this will help me visually see what i am doing. i am a visual person. thanks
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (78,322) Posts: 8,155 11/5/12 5:55 P
Hi and welcome to the team. You surely do have major stress in your life and my heart goes out to you. You're right that it's hard to break a pattern of emotional eating - I'm still trying. Being part of teams like this one really helps because you can put your feelings and struggles right out there and receive non-judgmental support, encouragement and motivation. I'm also a member of the Dealing with Depression team and between that team and Emotional Eaters I've gotten better with my emotional eating - not perfect - but better.
We all have different strategies we've learned or tried in order to break or minimize the habit so please post often and let us know how you're doing and how we can help. We'll be glad to share.
We're glad to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle!
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current weight: 202.0
Fitness Minutes: (18,498) Posts: 5,111 11/5/12 4:00 P
I really feel for you. I felt much the same when I went through my divorce to an abuse man. So much happened that was beyond my control including my ex coming to my kids school and stealing them, then disappearing for ages. It took me 18 months to track my sons down. At that time (also small town) I was the only one it was happening to and I could go nowhere without someone asking me "whats new". I felt as if I lived in a glass cage. Be strong, tap into others on-line who can help you do so and NEVER FORGET to pray for help. You do have you hands full thats for sure.
I will NOT run emotionally from compliments and hide in fat layers for protection.
current weight: 225.0
Fitness Minutes: (30,358) Posts: 24,536 11/5/12 11:32 A
Since I was pretty young I always felt like I was in a soap opera. So many things happen that I don't have control over. My husband's job has him coming and going at weird days and times. He does what he wants how he wants as long as it revolves around his job. All three of my kids have issues, one has Asperger's and he's the easiest to deal with. I have one who lives at home and has sleep issues and nothing has helped. She works part time (1-2 days a week) and we are trying to get her back into college. The last one has a wheat allergy (not celliac's) allergies to other things and now migraines which we hope might be a vitamin problem. She is low on D. She's my emotional one plus we have a number of animals for 4-H and pets. I know I'm not the only one who deals with a crazy life. I live in a small town where everybody is in your business whether they have the facts right or not. I'm trying to get my emotional eating to go to emotional doing. Not easy when I've been an emotional eater my whole life. My life has been about other people and not normally about myself. Such a hard habit to break. I'm hoping with the help of this group I can break the cycle.
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