60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 75,556

My Worst Habit

Friday, May 29, 2009

OK, so this is a long one, but I need to get it off my mind...

Night-time eating is my biggest weight loss challenge that I face and has been for a while now. I definitely have binge eating tendencies which almost always happen after I put my son to bed at 8:00 p.m. This completely frustrates me since I am able to consistently eat perfectly during the day.

I go through great lengths to pack a healthy clean eating breakfast, lunch, and snacks for my day at work, with all the portion sizes measured out. I work while I eat and then go downstairs to the gym at my work for my 30 minute “lunch break” to do some cardio. I even try to sneak away from my desk for a few minutes throughout the day to run up and down the many flights of stairs we have in our building or do squats before I leave the bathroom stall (embarrassing, but it has to be done!). All this, and then I screw it all up almost every night with the eating (and the drinking of the evil red wine).

I started drinking a glass of red wine at night awhile ago because I read about the health benefits, it was a way for me to relax and unwind after a stressful day, and because I always enjoyed the flavor and what goes into the making of wine. However, it has now become a “problem” because I seem to use it as crutch for my relaxation and it turns into more than one. Along with that, my mind defenses go down and I will eat way too many snacks, including my sons’ goldfish cracker snacks and cookies (you would think that because they are my sons’ snacks that would stop me, but it doesn’t. Terrible, I know).

I am a single mom who works FT and takes college classes PT and I know that part of me does this because I am so busy taking care of everyone else during the day, that at night I am lonely, bored, trying to fill up a void, etc. because after my son goes to bed there is no one else there to occupy my time. I don’t know why I continue to do this to myself especially since there is always so much regret after (not to mention I feel physically horrible).

Seriously, what am I doing?????

I need to give these drinking and eating habits up TODAY. I don’t know how to control myself though and I feel like I have tried every trick in the book. I’m not sure why I am even writing this and sharing with everyone because normally this is a habit I have kept hidden from everyone else in my life. I guess this is for ACCOUNTABILITY.

Sorry for the long vent and thanks for listening.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Hello, I'm another person that can identify. First of all I'm not a doctor, or a psychologist, or an expert or even particularly knowledgeable, but it sounds like you may have an eating disorder. I've been seeking counseling for a similar problem and have found in it, finally, an effective weight loss tool. I still have good and bad days but now more are on the good side. Although I'm not a single mother my husband is away a lot and when he is home he works very long hours, I too know lonlieness. Exhaustion and lonlieness are a pretty potent mix, be gentle with yourself and keep on keeping on. Try to keep in mind that life will get easier as your little one gets older and when you finish school. As NTRICK said "You are doing so much, so well! You can do this my friend"
    Mara emoticon
    3609 days ago
    holy cow - give yourself a HUGE HUGE HUGE pat on that back of yours!
    Single mom, working full-time AND taking classes????? You are doing so much, so well! You can do this my friend - you can do this because you have done so very much already and you will get this under control as well.
    Maybe a little reading or sewing or, dunno, something you like to do would give yourself some loving moments and keep your mind active. what do you think?
    3611 days ago
  • PHYLLIS441
    I can so relate to you. I've been ok for at least 3 day's now at night but it is the weekend and that's when I do the worse and go off on this personal vacation to hell. I started to drink a few months ago as my boyfriend has been going through a divorce and I tend to take in his drama. I've always been a positive person but to see such negativity and mud slinging I feel annoyed plus she calls his cell phone and leaves messages that really pisses me off. I need to separate myself from his drama and love the man and hate the divorce. I also have to love me and take care of me by staying on track!!!! I hope you do well keep me posted. Phyllis emoticon
    we can do this!!!
    3611 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.