Hey everyone. I am reading a book called 8 minutes in the morning by Jorge Cruise (he also has a website) and it has a great section about emotional eating and getting fit from the inside out by building your emotional advantage. I know my problem with emotional eating is just that. I need to get well on the inside before I can loose the weight. With depression creeping through my body, I have to get emotionally strong to get motivated to loose weight.
MSU justed wanted to say on your progress. You are an inspiration and thank you. I've learned so far that it is a day to day thing. I feel incredible today. Renewed almost. I had fallen into a rut. Felt hungry all the time. Snacked to much. Went over my calories. Felt like I did before I started SP. Trying to grasp on but didn't quite pull through. Well today, I got back into routine. Just half a bagel, instead of the whole bagel like I did the past three days. Walked my 3 miles that I was doing. Did some yard work and drinking my water. One Day at a time is the best way for me.
I, too have had success with small goals, and the one day at a time attitude. I've also never eaten as little as sparkpeople's ranges....one because I am nursing, and two because I think they are very very low to just start off one day cutting to 1200 cals a day! I started off in my journey just cutting to 2000 cals a day...and then as I've lost weight I've lowered my intake to account for my loss of weight. This way I didn't feel very deprived in the beginning too. I've also had success with abstinence...like meaning if it's a trigger food for me I don't bring it into my house. Good Luck!
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Fitness Minutes: (14,524) Posts: 308 4/19/07 3:26 P
hi im susan aand i read your question about if dieting stops the cravings the answe far as im concerned is you seem to change from one adiction to another you always findsomething that you just cant stop or start.if we can think ahead we can plan healthy things to replace the other cravingsits a visious cycle we need campaine say no and work on those things . hope that my message doesnt upset you im just trying to be realistic from what ive come to know from my own experiences.by the way its nice to meet you my names susan and my user name is sugarbaker435 ill see you another time
It's not easy dealing with emotions sometimes. I think I will keep a journal so I can track my habits. It's so good to have people on here that go through the same things. Keep up the good work and see ya around Judy
hey , i have started this whole process of working through my 'emotions' as in dealing with them appropriately. If i really feel like eating some food i should actually not...i do go ahead and try not to feel guilty about it but just enjoy it. Its the guilt really that gets to me and jeopardises my wt.loss program more than the 'slip up' which happens ocassionally and infact its not the end of the world....
Fitness Minutes: (422) Posts: 554 4/17/07 2:05 P
I think for some people it is one day at a time. For me sometimes it is one minute at a time. Sometimes I fall off the wagon but I just pick myself up and start over. You can't beat yourself up for the slips and falls. Just start over and find your triggers and work from there. Journal and food track you might see a pattern.
i reckon i am an emotional eater,have tried to lose weight umpteen times and have failed maiserably each time..i do fairly well for upto a month and after that the the binge and cravings return and i give in...feel awful..i know better and am really hoping this will be it now...i have to get right and set things straight to enjoy good health....reading yopur views is very encouraging to know am not alone...
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Most days I take it one MEAL at a time. Last night at work, I wanted birthday cake, the kind with the really sweet and greasy icing. So I talked about it all night. It made me feel better. I knew I wasn't going to have it but it was fun to think about. Then I came home and had a Fiber One bar and went to bed. Sweets are my downfall, so I just don't keep them in the house. It's easier to resist that way.
I don't think we ever get out of it... we learn to deal with some of our emotional issues better than we did in the past.... we also learn that the PAST is THE PAST but we set ourselves up for success by not having food items in our house to binge on that will hinder our weight loss.....we replace the higher calorie foods and snacks with lower calorie foods and snacks,we bring in food items that are healthier for us.
suddenly wanting to eat is emotional eating but also its eating out of bordom...if we don't want to be bored then we fill the empty spot of time.
I feel emotional eating isn't something that can be solved over night nor will it probably be solved in our life-time, emotions will always be around,thats why we learn to deal with our emotions in better ways than turning to food that will indeed harm us in the long run.
If you stub your toe on a piece of furniture every time you walk into a certain room, eventually you will move that piece of furniture so you don't stub your toe anymore...it didn't feel good and you didn't like it, the pay-off was PAIN.
The same with dealing with emotions, we turn to food many times over and we start to gain weight and when we start to see the bad results of that eating we start to try and change it, the pay-off was fat and we didn't like it.
But on the other hand the food we felt was giving us feelings of being relaxed and calm and feelings of satisfaction and comfort and it did indeed do that for us and still does, but we know that in order to get those feelings we must also except weight gain and staying in a rut and leaving progress behind in our lives.
The feelings that food gives us is false feelings,short term and short lived because those feelings food gives us drop off slowly and we find ourselves feeling worse than befor we decided to eat the food, the wierd thing about it is we don't seem to learn the lesson like we did with the piece of furniture we always stubbed our toe on,we repeatedly go back to food, in other words we have not replaced the food with something else that will bring the same satisfaction to us.
emotional eating is a hard habit to break unless we start dealing with each emotion that makes us want to eat that emotion down, we as humans prefer to take the easier way out which is turning to food instead of turning to a piece of paper and writing down how we are feeling at that moment we want to eat.
The pay-off for eating healthier is weight loss and health but for some reason we still insist on eating the junk for those feelings of satisfaction,relaxation,calmness,comfort.. .the lesson we should see and learn though is that the food is cheating us out of true emotional satisfaction...as i said the feelings we get from food are short term and short lived but its quick satisfaction so we repeat the process instead of dealing with emotions each time they hit us...
It gets complicated to deal with emotions because for some of us it means feeling other emotions befor we get to the good end result.
Good question EARTHANGEL but not a question that i feel will ever be solved...we do learn along the way but history will still repeat itself, so i feel we never GET OUT OF IT,we simply learn to try and deal with emotions the best we can and therefor try and move on in our lives working towards weight loss and trying to deal with emotions a little at a time.
We will deal with emotions the rest of our lives and if we can learn the lesson of dealing with emotions with-out food then we have become wiser and finally learned a true lesson. Tweets
Taking it one day at a time sounds like the best advice. Finding something positive to do when I'm upset that will make me feel happy....besides eating. I don't have a clue. I can't go shopping bedcause we are doing everything we can right now to get out of debt. Which makes me get even more upset. I think a dr.s appointment needs to get scheduled. I feel depression creeping in....but I hate taking pills. Sometimes I hate being a woman. Anyway thanks for the advice. Any more ideas are always welcomed. Judy
B1ONDIE420. I think that you have come a long way on this journey. YOu sure have a lot of insigt to share with the rest of us. I also believe one day at a time is the best, but I am slack on it. I get started well, but then fall on my face. One thing that helps me is always having a bottle of water around. I am a frequent finger tapper so I know there is a lot inside. I may never find all the answers to "Why", But Judy my suggestion is to start on adding one good habit to make you feel good..you choose then do that when upset. I know it is not the total answer but it is a start. Sandy
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face ... we must do that which we think we cannot. Roosevelt, Eleanor
I have the best success at controlling my emotional eating when I take my life one day at a time. If I think about the 20 pounds I still have to lose, I get overwhelmed and feel like I can't succeed. This frustration and anxiety leads me to eating... a vicious cycle!
I literally tell myself each morning, just for today you can make healthy choices. Just for today you can respect your body and meet you goals. I have great success M-F, but I need to work on a new "script" for the weekends. Unfortunately, my weekend script is ususally along the lines of just for today you should reward yourself for being good all week and have anything you want.
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Fitness Minutes: (99,442) Posts: 27,916 4/17/07 8:56 A
Well for me I have been here 5 month. This can be conquered or at least managed. I now try to be aware of my emotions/how I'm feeling and take action against the cycle. I am an stress/angry eater. Now I try and talk things out with whom I am angry with sometimes it is my hd. If it is stress my first line of actions is prayer. Take a deep breath, remove myself from the situation for a few minutes then come back to it and deal with it. For some this may be a life time cycle. I think it is up to to the person. If they want to gain control or not. Take action or not action. Some may need perfessional help. Hope that this helps? It is more to it then food. It's the thing that they are trying to cover up with food. Food isn't the problem. The problem is the thing causes us to miss use food.
THERE IS NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU ARE ABLE BUT WILL WITH TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.
This is a blogging spot to hear your tricks of the trade. On Easter I realized I was and emotional eater. I suppose that's step one. How do we get out of it? What have you learned along the way. I will be looking forward to your ideas. Judy
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