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This is a great Forum. I will apply it to my own situations. I always tend to eat more food when I'm visiting family or family is visiting me.
Are there ways you can be sure to remind yourself that you are not a child anymore - that you get to control what you do, where you go, and very importantly, what you eat. I think it's great you have a supportive husband, it sounds like you are doing a good job planning ahead. I like the idea of taking breaks, and journaling as well. I hope his visit goes well for you. And remember, you can always come here for support, or just to vent. Take care of yourself!
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funny-- kind of-- how those family visits can throw us for a loop!
i'd plan- plan ahead
have meals planned out!
and, if you haven't done it yet, clean out your house- get rid of any junk food/ temptations!
stock up on some healthy snacks to grab when you need them-- chomping on some hard carrots may help with some stress!
can you make him walk with you? or-- getting out to walk-- may be a great excuse for you to get some alone time!
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Like someone else mentioned, tell yourself "this too shall pass". I do that when I'm facing difficult situations and it really does help.
Great job on planning how to deal with the stress ahead of time and getting your husband and son in on it!! You can do this!!
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Wow, you're all amazing! He is my father and is 86 years old. It is only a week and instead of agonizing about the misery of having him visit I'm planning ahead to make the stress manageable. All of your e-mails are boosting my confidence that I can manage his visit, keep exercising and maintain my weight.
Hey, it's temporary, right? And think how good you'll feel when it's over and you survived without gaining any weight. That's what I do when I know I'm faced with a few days full of hazards that can encourage me to overeat. I focus on not gaining any weight, not on losing. Just try to maintain while he's with you and then get back on track to lose weight when he goes. If he ever did anything kind for you, or went the extra mile for you, keep that in your mind. Remember, he's your dad, and it's only a week.
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I would also do a lot of deep breathing and repeat....THIS TOO SHALL PASS. He is not staying forever! I remember a few years ago, DH's parents came to visit for 7 days. To help get me through it, I said to myself OUT LOUD. It is ONLY 7 days, not 14 days! That helped.......a lot!
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Thanks so much for your reply. I will definitely journal. I've already told my husband and son that we will agree on "escape times" and code words prior to his visit. We know it will be stressful and the best we can do is control our behavior to keep from being overwhelmed.
Stress is a really difficult thing. When you want to eat ask yourself, are you hungry, is the choice of food because of stress, is it worth sabotaging you over the stress. Cause when they are gone you just added a whole new stress the weight.
These are alternatives that I like to do. I go for a walk, get out of the house clear the head with fresh air. Brush my teeth and use mouth wash, food doesn't taste good after the mouth wash. Chew sugar free gum and drink a couple glasses of water.
You can do it and if nothing else come and talk before you eat. Help others on their journey and it will help you.
God Bless, I know you can do it
If it were me, I'd journal those feelings. That's my biggest help! I have a link below as to how I journal. And I'd take a lot of walks when I started to get stressed. Walk it off. No trigger foods in the house!
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My father is coming to visit next week. He is a very difficult houseguest. I only started SparkPeople on Friday so I'm really worried that the stress of having will derail my eating plan. Any help for keeping on track will be appreciated.