I am an emotional eater. However, if I stop myself before I reach for food and ask, "What am I really feeling?" The answer is seldom hunger. Usually I am bored, angry, sad, lonely, helpless, or even happy. "I deserve this" is a lie I tell myself because what I really deserve is to be healthy.
Sometimes just naming the feeling and acknowledging it, without imposing additional guilt on myself for feeling it, is enough to help me put down the food.
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I am an emotional eater, when I am in a binge mood. I now realize that I can stop and think okay what am I upset about, or why am I feeling bad about myself? Once I do that I can step away from the food, and feel really good and positive about myself. I didn't binge and I realize another trigger that I can watch for in the future. This also works for meal choices, am I really hungry or is it just that time of day? This very empowering to me.
Today was a fabulous day for I after 2 wks saying how bad I felt, I feel really great. I was in the pool, worked out, walked, and exercised. I haven't been able to really do a lot for 2 weeks but I am back. Not going blaze of fire but little by little I am getting there. I still feel good at 11PM .
I kept bemoaning that I didn't actually run or walk ever until I realized those lunch-time errands might help. I used the Fitness Tracker and mapped my route from my building to the CVS and back. I was able to quickly see that going around 2 blocks would make 1 mile.
I feel successful that I am intently walking.
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