Dianitah -- I have also found that the thought process of planning my meals has distracted me from eating as well. I actually am starting to enjoy sitting down on Sundsays and planning out my exercise and meal plans for the week. Right now I have meal plans made for this coming week all the way through the 1st week of December. I check it every night before I go to bed to make sure there isn't anything I have to do to prepare for the meal the following evening (ex: taking the roast out to thaw to put in crockpot following morning).
One thing I have been doing this year is taking 15-30 minutes when I get home to sit quietly and read a book or do a crossword puzzle to change my frame of mind. I live alone, so I don't have a family to worry about. Taking this time has really started to help with the unconscious stress eating.
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current weight: 261.5
Fitness Minutes: (7,365) Posts: 3,083 10/30/11 11:23 A
I think most of the Done girls stress eat or used to. I am working on eliminating that. Just last night I was upset last night and I was thinking of going down to the vending machine in my building. I drank some water and sat and thought about the fact that I wasn't hungry. I realized that I was angry with someone and THAT was why I wanted candy. I ended up not getting anything.
Ironically I found that thinking about planning my meals and snacks distracts me from actually eating! Some may have a hard time with that. When I think about getting creative or having yummy lunches, it gets me motivated.
Lastly, in times of ultimate stress (I think back to a loved one's passing in January), sometimes it's best to focus on maintaining your weight. Do your best. Sleep, drink your water, stay active. Because things will calm down and then you can whole-heartedly jump back in.
P.S. Congrats on the BA and the move. It sounds like you are off in a great new direction.
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Pounds lost: 100.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,794) Posts: 553 10/27/11 11:05 A
Moving (especially a long distance) is extremely stressful. Now that that's behind you you can focus on taking care of yourself! As for the things that are still up in the air (getting the TX house rented) just take each day as it comes. It'll all work itself out.
I think your current focus on a good sleeping routine and exercise are a great place to start. You can do this!
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."
8/24/2012 - Goal weight reached!!
current weight: 142.4
Fitness Minutes: (53,560) Posts: 3,294 10/27/11 6:59 A
The move was the most stressful thing I've dealt with this year. I'm glad its behind me and now I can focus on getting things accomplished in our new home. I'm a lot more happier in this house. Its half the size our old house was. I actually don't dread cleaning this house like I did the other one.
I'm trying to focuses on the new changes I'm making. I'm working on the things that I wanted to accomplish: sleeping 8 hours a night, getting up at a decent hour, eating breakfast, and exercising 5 times a week.
That's a heck of a lot of stress but it'll make you a stronger person in the long run. In the short term I suggest thinking up the positive reasons why you are making these changes. Concentrate on working on the tasks that get you closer to living in Florida, thinking of the way your new home will be set up, planning the new business (or new job), and picturing your family happy in Florida.
My family is in the middle of tumultuous changes as well and it's exhausting but I picture what life will be like when everything is done in about 6 months time.
Food will only give short term satisfaction but if it cause any guilt, it's not worth it and you probably don't have much energy to give the guilty feelings. Think and act long term.
I've been struggling with it as well. I've been focusing on making breakfast the one meal that I don't mess-up. Getting in the 8 glasses of water is my next project. You can do it one step at a time.
"I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape." -Charles Dickens
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Fitness Minutes: (65,834) Posts: 23,412 10/26/11 9:22 A
I have that stress eating problem too! I have let it get the best of me over the last couple of weeks. But like you I have come to the decision, that I WILL OVERCOME THIS! I want change! Strength to you! Powa to the Done Girl!
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"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain!"
That's hard and a lifetime learning process. I've been working on stress/emotional eating a LOT over the last 18 months. I'm too the point where I no longer eat when stressed or sad, but I still have trouble when anxious or angry.
I have this really bad habit of when I'm stressed out of using food to calm me down. I'm slowly trying to stop myself from doing that, not letting stress overwhelm me so much, and trying to make myself ealize some things I just don't have control over so I need to .
Yes, I know it's easier said then done, but it's a work in progress.
I had started my Bachelors 6 months after my husband & daughter died in 08. I needed something to focus on. I finished that degree this April. Then 2 weeks after completing it I sat down and had a heart to heart with myself. I needed change. I needed new people. I needed new surroundings.
My fiance and I had talked last year about moving to FL but didn't make any plans. I approached him with this idea again after my degree was complete. I explained to him I just wasn't happy in TX anymore. My mom had moved away, I didn't have a relationship with my dad, brother, or that side of my family, that I needed to do something for ME. When I said the words "Florda and movig" in the same sentence he understood where I was coming from. He told me he'd support me in whatever decision I made and that he would go anywhere with me if that was truly what I wanted.
Then the next 6 months were Stressville in my house. I was already lookng at houses so I had to find a realtor. Then once we found the realtor they started sending us emails about potential houses. Well long story short we took a last minute trip to FL in June to meet and look at some in person. I signed papers on a house that weekend. Then came the excitement! Getting back to TX and starting the decluttering, cleaning, packin phase. The decluttering phase took me over a week.I still had all of my husband and daughter's things and had to decide what I was keeping and what I was getting rid of. This is when the stress/emotios went into overload. With Alan and friends support I got through it. I kept most of my daughter's clothes & toys but her furniture I gave to a friend who was expecting a baby girl.
Then came the fun of finding a moving company. We met with 3 and I made a decisio within a 2 week time frame. Orginally we were set to move mid October. Well, I had some issues come up with friends and I was just ready to get the hell out of dodge. We moved the move up a whole month. That last month was stressful but looking back I'm glad I did it. We've been in our new home 6 weeks and I couldn't be happier.
I still have stresful issues going on between getting the TX house rented out (selling it right now is not an option. The market is TERRIBLE in TX.) Plus we are liquidating our business and I'm trying to get things accomplished here. I feel like one of those stretch arm strongs where I'm being pulled in 2 different directions.
So, with all this stress going on I'm eating like crazy every time I feel like I'm ready to pull my hair out. I made a vow to Alan (more so for myself though) last night that I was DONE! I wasn't going to turn to food everytime I stressed. So I've decided I'm going to do two thngs:
I'm going to get outside (weather permitting) and walk OR I'm gong to beat the crap out of my heavy bag in our garage.
I will NOT let stress consume me anymore. It makes me bitchy, distant, and he tazmanian devl when I ecounter unhealthy food for me.
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