Happy Hollies A&I - Biggest Challenge 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

My biggest challenge this year that has caused me the most trouble is late night eating. I'm still working on over-coming this bad habit, but it has improved with using SparkPeople calorie tracker. I am A LOT more conscience of the type of food I eat and usually (not always) choose fruit when I'm feeling that late night craving. Sometimes I'll have a bowl of Special K cereal and this helps too.

Another problem I had this year is severe anxiety attacks. I hate going to hospitals, so I was trying to take care of this myself with breathing techniques but one day it got me real bad, thought I was having a heart attack. So I left work and drove myself to the emergency room, I didn't want to make a scene. After checking me over, the ER was able to calm me down and found that I'm healthy, no issues...that was a HUGE relief. I follow-uped with my Dr. and after a long talk and some blood work, decided I needed a little something to take the edge off. My prescription works wonders! I've had a couple of very minor anxiety attacks, but nothing like before. My husband has also noticed a difference in how I handle stress. I used to get so upset over little things before (a little tightly wound to say the least) and now, well I'm much easier going.

I also realized this year that meditation also helps. Not just with my anxiety but also with my focus on weight loss. Speaking of weight loss, I think I've eaten more fruits and veggies since I started SP than my entire life combined and I feel GREAT. I can feel a change in my cravings grapes, bananas and apples. I specifically go to the store for these if I'm out, something I never would have done before.

So I have a lot to be thankful for with SP and all the support of its members. TRULY SPECIAL PEOPLE and I thank you!!
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    It is great that you have been able to get your biggest challenges of year under control and moving forward. To stop myself from eating late at night, I made a rule similar to Oprah's saying of 'No food 3 hours before bed', for me the rule is: No Eating After Dinner. Dinner is my last food intake of the day, which is between 5 and 6pm.

    2019 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that the medication has helped your anxiety. I have mild depression that got worse several years ago going through menopause. I never wanted to take medication, but when I finally did, I wondered why I was so adamant against it. It really makes a difference. My son is now needing medication for both his anxiety and depression, so I'm hoping it will help him, too!
    I think that's great that you are eating more freggies than ever before. You are doing emoticon
    2022 days ago
    I completely understand about the late night eating. I get home after midnight every night and am usually up for several hours. I get bored/slightly hungry and I don't always make the best choices.

    I know you have been working on treatments for your anxiety. I'm so glad to see those are helping.

    I think you are an amazing person. Keep pushing!
    2022 days ago
    Great post! I struggle with depression & anxiety so I'm inspired by your success. emoticon
    2023 days ago
    It sounds like you are doing better now that you are on some medication. There's no shame or harm in getting some medication to help you with your anxiety. I'm glad it helps you to deal with things better! I'm glad you got something to help you! I have no doubt that this coming year will be better for you all the way around! You're doing great with the fruits and veggies too. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2023 days ago
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    It sounds like you are really getting a handle on how to handle your stress! I agree with what you said about the meds - I was in a bad situation the last year I taught and the doctor prescribed a light medication for anxiety - what a difference! I no longer need them now that I'm retired, but I wouldn't hesitate to ask for them again if I found myself feeling "that way" again.
    Were you surprised by how much you enjoyed certain veggies and fruits? I was and now eat broccoli almost every day.
    Stay strong and determined.
    2023 days ago
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    2023 days ago
    it seems that you have overcome a lot this year. I understand completely with the anxiety attacks. I have GAD(General Anxiety Disorder) to the point I would not leave the house anywhere...not even to the mail box. I also had a severe enough attack that I went to the ER. I am so glad to hear that your medication does help you. Meditation is good for general good health mental and physical, I also have had to learn that this year. You are so ready for the coming year.
    2023 days ago
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