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How Will I Do This

Monday, March 04, 2013

How do I plan to keep myself from emotionally eating? I touched on this a bit in my last blog.
The main thing I am going to do is feel my emotions. I know this sounds like a simple thing but for me it is not. I have pretty much been trained to keep my feelings inside because to so them was weak and annoying. As a result I have stuffed them down with food. So I have decided to just let myself feel,if my emotions annoy someone....well that.s their problem. I also will include some really physical activities to release some anxiety. I think I will start by hitting the punching bag again and once the weather is a little nicer I will start taking my long walks again.

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    emoticon You are setting a great example! emoticon
    2983 days ago
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    Wow, are dealing with such a tough task: facing your emotions. Bravo for trying to take the bull by its horns and find a healthy and effective way to manage them. I wish you the best as you figure out how to deal with emotional pain. Eventually, you WILL get through this and begin to feel some relief, I hope.
    Big hugs!
    2985 days ago
    I agree that this has to be a generational thing. However, I must say that I have been able to open up so much with all my spark friends!!! So remember you are on the right path!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2985 days ago
    Hmmm... I wonder if it's a generational thing. I keep a tight lid on my emotions too. Probably explains a lot...

    Sounds like you've got a good plan to start working through the emotional eating. I'll be here whenever you need me!
    2985 days ago
    emoticon I have faith in you!
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  • LYNCHD05
    There are a few people that like your idea of a punching bag. I know for sure that exercising of any kind helps relieve stress then enables you to carry on. You have picked a very good topic. I know you can do this.
    2985 days ago
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    Wonderful approach to reduce emotional eating. emoticon
    2985 days ago
    Good luck! I was so happy when my husband came home with a punching bag! That helps... hee hee. Sounds like you have a good plan and are ready to do this!!!
    2985 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    It is so hard to feel our emotions. I think many of us train ourselves not to feel them, and so many of us force them down with food. This is a difficult and brave thing to do. Good luck to you!
    2985 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good approach, Mo. Good luck!
    2985 days ago
    Well...feeling your emotions won't always necessarily mean you have to act them out. I find if I give myself time to feel them, think about the situation some more, absorb it, and decide if it's worth any more of my time--it usually isn't. Done!
    2985 days ago
    I could use some punching bag workouts to relieve some of my frustration. I find emotion al eating a very difficult task to tackle. Keep trying is the most important part.
    2985 days ago
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    Definitely not a simple task! You are surrounded by emotional eaters - myself included. Fortunately, we can also learn from other Sparkers and find the tools we need to break this pattern and move forward to a healthy lifestyle! emoticon
    2985 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    I really understand where you are coming from. It is so hard to not turn to our 'drug of choice' - food, when life is so stressful. Feeling the emotions is the start, at least for me. The next step is that I learn to deal with feeling the emotions without trying to escape or numb them. Seems the more I practice this, the better it gets.
    I keep telling myself that the answer to my life's problems is not at the bottom of a potato chip bag or at the end of a cupcake binge. Believe me, there are times when I am just not convinced that they won't work!
    But then I ask myself if they will help my problem? Answer is always no. And then I take a walk, take a hot bath, exercise, journal, whack a pillow, whatever works to 'feel and deal' as I call it.
    Keep at it, we are discovering hidden strengths in ourselves with this spark journey. You can do this. We just need to support each other. Good luck!
    2985 days ago
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