Recommitted on a Monday Morning

Monday, April 05, 2010

Still struggling, but going with the motto: Never give up! If I'm brutally honest, overeating is just a symptom of how I "stuff" my emotions. I know I am not alone in this. And eating is probably either the strongest form of comfort, or at least the most habit forming way to deal with emotions. Or, more succinctly, NOT deal with emotions. I've used food for so long, I'm not even sure what emotions.

But, whatever the reasons that I overeat, I need a game plan. For now, I'm going very simple. When I get the urge to eat, I'm going to wait 1 minute. I'm going to ask myself what's going on right now, or recently, that might cause the desire to eat. I'm going to take 3 deep breaths and sit with the feeling for that minute. If anything comes up, I'm going to write it down. Otherwise, I'm going to do something different for at least 15 minutes, i.e., play on the computer, play with my dogs or groom them, go for a walk around the block, or maybe dance around the house to some music. Then I'll check in with myself and see if the desire to eat is still present.

Let's see how it goes. Oh, and last, whatever happens, I'll be gentle with myself.
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    This is such a good blog. I have found that waiting for 15 minutes really works. I just forget about the food. I realize later that the 15 minutes has passed and I don't need the food now. It does work.

    3944 days ago
    Loved this! Thanks for the idea to stop for just the tiniest minute and think.
    3945 days ago
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