Stress Eating

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Well, I figured out what triggers my bad eating habits...stress! I was doing great all week, walking and eating right until Friday morning came along. My close friend has a cake business, but also has a day job too. I assist her with the cakes as a creative outlet on the weekends, and we are booked through the summer...God help me! Last week we just decided to stop taking any more cakes since we both have careers and they are taking up a good portion of our lives. They are normally 3D, and seem to be getting bigger by the month. This week it was a 3D Disney style castle cake. You can check out the photo of the castle cake we just did and the website below.

I spent 2 days working on hand-made fondant windows, doorways, castle turrets & more. I didn't have time to eat or exercise. I eat, sleep & breath cake when we have a big project. Honestly though, you would think that with all the cake, frosting, fondant & rice crispies I'm around while making a cake that I'd be nibbling on it all, but I didn't have a bite! Thank God I don't like cake that much....I just like to sculpt it!

I just ate Total in the mornings and went without food throughout the day, surviving on coffee. It was the evenings that killed me because when I came home I was famished. I ate nachos last night - pepper jack cheese, real sour cream, homemade chips & salsa. I was dreading the scale but when I woke up this morning I had lost more weight.

Anyway, my life basically stopped for 2 days for this cake. My husband was stressed because I wasn't making his meals, my house was trashed when I woke up this morning thanks to my kids, and I was exhausted from all the mental creativity & hours it took to make this cake. I looked around at my house this morning, and thought of all the time and energy that I wasted that could have been used towards exercise & diet & taking care of stuff at home, and I got so stressed that the next thing I knew, I was in the kitchen eating one thing after another. At first I tried to make healthy choices, but then I was craving cookies so I made some! It didn't help that we had some restaurant cookie dough in the fridge ready to go. In the end I ate 2 tbsp peanut butter, a turkey sandwich on diet wheat bread, chips, and about 5 cookies. I guess it wouldn't have been too bad if there weren't cookies involved.

The cookies put me in a food coma and I slept for 4 hours. It was awful. I feel better now, but I can see what triggers the bad eating patterns. I need to figure out a way to stop it before I walk in the kitchen. I am sure that if I would have taken a morning walk, it would have stopped all this crazy behavior. I ate a bowl of total for breakfast & skipped dinner tonight because I felt so bad about the cookies.

I've got some serious mental eating issues that I need to figure out how to take care of now because I've got 2 cakes due next Sat ( 4 tier sweet 16 cake, and a 3D Monkey baby shower cake), and my husband's UFC fight party (at our house) next weekend to prep for. All this with normal job/life stuff in the mix. So does anyone have any good tips for how to control stress eating? How do I get through this? I don't want to do good all week, then stress eat on the weekends! Seems like a vicious cycle.

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    Wow! That cake is amazing! Don't focus on the negatives. So you had a bad weekend... Those will happen. What's important is what you do after your bad weekend. It's not the end of your fitness journey--unless you let it be. You've done a great job of identifying your triggers. I'm sure you can do a great job of figuring out how to manage them in the future! Best wishes! emoticon
    2948 days ago
    thats an awesome cake. emoticon
    2948 days ago
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