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It's One of THOSE Days...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I'm having one of THOSE days... You know, sort of like this:



We didn't set Henry up for this photo. He just parked his furry little hiney in this spot one day while the camera was close at hand and completely cracked me up. He's saying "feed me dammit". And that's how I'm feeling right about now.

Emotional eating? You bet'cha.

See I finished a huge project today. Handed in. To the boss. I've been working on it for about a month and it's been HUGELY stressful. And out of my comfort zone. Today was the deadline. He's gonna read it tomorrow and we're meeting Friday. He'll have questions. There will be changes. But I'm 95% done. I have 600+ unanswered emails in my Inbox that I've needed to mostly ignore while working on this. It's been all-consuming. And miserable.

And now what do I want? A reward! I came home tonight and thought that I wanted a cheeseburger sub. But I'm home alone and too lazy to go get it (laziness DOES have its virtues). So I ate a lean cuisine pizza. Yecch. And I won't eat anymore. I also was supposed to exercise tonight and I didn't. I suppose that's a bit of a reward too. I gave in to laziness. I could use a workout, but I'm fried. So I'm NOT eating and I'm NOT exercising. And I'm calling it a day.

My boss and my two other co-workers (who each finished their own projects this week) are all going out to lunch on Friday. So that will be my reward. I'll just have to stare at the bowl until then. I think I can do that.

On a positive note, I am proud of myself for getting through this month without too much overeating. We won't talk about the bowl of chocolate covered almonds that was placed within reach just before lunch today at a meeting. I ate too many of them. BUT, I made it through this month with my healthy habits reasonably intact. And even managed to lose a pound or two. Not as much as I would've liked. But it could have been a lot worse.

I have another huge project to turn to now at work. Also stressful. But totally in my comfort zone. I can't wait!

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  • ERIN1022
    Good for you! It sounds like you really stayed in control and didn't let emotions derail you too much. That picture is SO adorable, too.
    3384 days ago
  • MARCHMAID
    Now THIS is inspirational! I just have to remember not to make these kinds of rewards habits! I trust that YOU won't since you have really got this thing down. emoticon

    I still can't get over how really great you looked when I saw you at the meeting.

    Thanks again for taking time to share.
    3384 days ago
  • LESS_IS_MO
    Congrats on avoiding the post-stress eating! That is a big weakness of mine. I wish I'd seen the blog earlier - like yesterday at about 6 would have been good. I was doing a little bit of post-stress eating at that time, and a little inspiration couldv'e helped. Now it wasn't even a month of stress that I was "unwinding" from with food - only a couple of hours of it. So a BIG whoohoo for you! I hope you're still hanging tough a day later.
    3384 days ago
  • CRAIGLI00
    A big stressful project? That would cause me to dive into a bowl full of chocolate covered almonds! Enjoy your reward lunch!
    3384 days ago
  • TINATC26
    LL,

    I love reading your words..they make my day every time... Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration!

    T
    3385 days ago
  • TELERIE
    Congratulations on finishing up the project! Oh I can relate to this! My stressful month of project work was in February, and know just how hard it was to avoid over-eating and keep up the exercise. I learned that having exercise a part of my life actually helped immensely with the stress levels. Was that how it was for you too?
    3385 days ago
  • MTER67
    Yes, you deserve a reward! And a lean cuisine pizza and a night "off" exercise are certainly permissable after a long month of stress at work. Enjoy "filling your big bowl" with your real reward lunch out on Friday and good luck getting started on your latest project! I admire your ability to juggle it all so well--the work and deadlines, and your diet and exercise.
    3385 days ago
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