I wish I would have read this yesterday. After increasing my activity successfully for a few days last night I thought I would make this awesome looking recipe for a dessert. I went wild and out of control over these little cups of yogurt and fruit mixed with brown sugar. It was awful. I ate all four I had made and afterwards wondered what had happened.
I have been fighting this battle for the longest time. My weak will power has been no match for the "Beast". My weight started rising, my self esteem started falling, I gave up on myself and accepted defeat believing I would never be able to win my weight battle.
Dean, you have given me new hope, encouragement and a strategy to be victorious!
Wow. I just blogged about this the other day, almost in tears. What timing! I wrote about the fact that I feel I'm in some heavy weight battle, losing, falling. But I culminated my blog with my own personal 'Over-Eating Action Plan' which had a few things-to-do this article mentioned. This is solidifying that I'm doing the right things. I like thinking of the emotional eating episodes as "a beast" just as afraid of me as I am of it, or as "a child just awoken from a nightmare" in need of quick comfort. It paints the picture that there's an end in site through such turbulent times. That vision helps a great, great deal...
7/9/2010 9:44:37 AM
This is powerfully simple advice!!!I'm going to reread it until I own it. Thanks so much.
7/4/2010 9:59:52 AM
As someone being treated for Depression this is something I fight with. This article is a great start towards working on emotional eating.
I love the tactics. It makes me feel like I am doing something. That's a feeling I find powerful and motivating.
I just lucked on this article right after I gave the Beast control! Thinking of a best reminds me of the child with nightmares being comforted by a parent. I had childhood nightmares that still haunt me at times, and now that I can use this analogy I think I can bring up enough imagery to defeat the Beast. Thanks for a great article.
Thank youuu so much, I enjoyed every bit of this article. I struggle a lot with emotional eating, especially during the late evening hours and my Beat can be quite demanding and consistent. But thx to your article I have some tools to defeat it!
I don't think of it as a "beast" because it's hard to empathize with a beast. I think of it as my inner three-year old who is unhappy, confused, doesn't know what she really wants, and is on the verge of a tantrum. The points about it having a short attention span and being distractable are spot on and very useful. Thank you!
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