NEWKATE, I'm sorry today was so hard. I'm glad you chose to write on Spark to help you stop thinking about food. I spend a lot of time on Spark for that very reason. I love to feed my anger and just about every other emotion under the sun, so it's a struggle, but it can be done. I never thought I could get through the 3 day challenge without chocolate. I was DYING to have some yesterday because I was so stressed out about my daughter - it was a terrible day for many reasons, but the chocolate would have only been a temporary fix anyway. These are some things that a fellow Sparker has on her SparkPage - I don't think she'd mind if I shared:
1. Go shopping--window shop for inexpensive items.
2. Journal---write about the desired food (taste/texture) and leave it there. Write about feelings and emotions instead of eating them.
3. Exercise-- 10 min. session of pilates for relaxing--yoga if possible, slow walking.
4. Chewing gum or drink green tea....If all fails allow for a low cal snack like a small apple, veggie plates of broccoli, cauliflower and peppers. Or a boiled egg with grapes, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or cottage cheese with tomatoes or sugar free jello, lettuces onions celery stick with laughing cow cheese or LC ranch dressing cucumber slices and lightly salted rice cake.
5. Distance myself from the desired food. Go outside etc.
6. Do self-care like napping, facials, pedicures, manicures, use tea bags or cucumber slices on puffy, tired eyes. They feel cool and refreshing. Rub lotion onto dry skin.
7. Do a craft project: crocheting, knitting, beading, puzzles, computer games, Spark games.
9. Check with team members, a supportive friend or better yet, GET AN AWESOME spark/prayer buddy.
10. Blog on SparkPeople
I've added and changed a few things on her list, but I think it's got some great ideas for distracting ourselves from the food.
I hope tomorrow is a better and brighter day for you!!!
"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy
"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
"Comparison is the thief of joy."
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