Crap Day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Totally eating badly and getting stressed at work. I see the correlation of stress and food and it is back to haunt me.

Screw this. I am so frustrated and pissed that I fell off. Almost like clockwork - 2 months, had an injury, relaxed and now back to old behavior.

Any advice friends?

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    Dave ...ahemm..you know now that eating does not solve stress...it only adds to it when you feel lousy after you've over indulged!!!! I'm going through a bit of this right now too! My solution...think of how the successful days and weight loss have boosted your mood and confidence in yourself..how taking care of yourself makes you feel good..and then....give that amble butt a huge forceful wallop with a heavy boot !!! We're init to win it Dave....let's to it!!!!!!!!
    1854 days ago
    Don't beat yourself up and just get back to basics as quickly as possible!
    1856 days ago
    As others have already stated, recognizing your problem is the start of turning yourself back on course again. You can do it. I would say that being mad at yourself for allowing it to happen is good at this point.
    1856 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Ok so you've recognized doing something counter to your goals, forgive yourself the temporary side step and now get back to following your plan knowing that you're in it for the long haul and making lifestyle changes doesn't happen overnight and without the occasional whoops along the way. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
    1856 days ago
    That is a tough one... mmm.. One thing for sure don't stay mad to long it adds to your stress and is very counter productive. I have learned to forgive myself and move on. That helps.

    After you've accepted that you are human and NOT perfect, you can start trying to recognize the behavior for what it is. Then you can start finding another way to deal with it.

    You've had that behavior for a long time. You can't expect it to change over night! Find a small step towards beating it. Once you've made that step you'll take another. Bring it down to chewable bites.

    Have faith in yourself that you will, at some point in time, be in control of your reaction to stress.
    1857 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    It is understandable that a new job is triggering stress eating. Work and travel stress eating was my biggest issue as well. What I've learned along this journey is:
    1. Be able to recognize a stress related craving. If a healthy snack will satisfy it, then you are hungry. Otherwise it's just a craving and you need to do something else. If you can distract yourself (take a walk or something) it should pass. Make sure you are drinking enough water.
    2. Address the root cause of the stress. Timelines? Work complexity? Knowledge gaps and learning curve? Disorganization? Identify and make a plan to address. You'll feel more in control and less of a need to turn to food.
    3. Consistency in the long run is what will get you there. It's ok to have an unmotivated or disengaged period from time to time, as long as you come back - Quickly!! I've had a couple of backslides since I've been on Spark, but unlike the past where they would last for months and undo all the progress I've made, now I'll give myself a mental health break of a week or so and then it's right back on track!

    You can do it!!
    1857 days ago
    The best advice I have to avoid stress eating is forward planning. At least, that's what works for me. If I'm able to take a few minutes in the morning (or the night before) to plan out and prepare what I'm going to eat ahead of time, it makes my life so much easier because there isn't that panicky "omg I'm hungry, what am I going to DOOOOOO?" moment which, for me, is just a bad food choice waiting to happen.

    I've had a couple of stumbles lately, mostly because I put myself in that panicky hunger position. Let's get back up together and keep on moving towards our goal!
    1857 days ago
  • WAYNE1997
    Dave, I want to encourage you to be kind to yourself about all this. Look you said you are stressed at work. I know that I am an emotional eater and I have found some temporary relief from eating. I have looked to eating to help me through difficult things. Just know there are other ways to find comfort. Maybe finding another way to deal with the difficult times would help. Do you enjoy talking, a hot bath, going for a walk, listening to music, throwing a football with your son, or some other way to care for yourself when your stress levels go up? Remember, one step back, two steps forward. Keep sparking! Take little steps to get back in. emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Did anyone send you out the club jacket and membership rules yet? NO? Well it's official you have arrived...you are part of the backslider's club. Bad news you might have gained weight and you feel crappy cause you are off your game. Good news you are in very good company ( mine) and now we know you are human and not some weight losing machine.

    Do not let it define you...it's over... it happened in the past. Hell, it might even happen again in the future. NOW is what you have control over...so pack your Jethro Beaudeen lunch filled with lots of fruit and veggies, go listen to some Springsteen, take a bath with Epsom salts ( are you a bath guy) and just know it all starts again tomorrow....and you can choose to do whatever you like....but you are not ever going to be the same guy again because you know better.
    1857 days ago
    Everyone on here has bad days. Even those who've been most successful. Please don't give up. One bad day, or even a couple bad days, won't destroy everything you've done so far. Let yourself feel stressed or mad or frustrated. You are allowed to have those feelings. Express them to someone close to you and/or on Spark. We are all here to support you.

    No matter what you do, you have never ruined anything until you've completely given up. You can recover from a bad day or two. Think of how you've done this far and how great it felt. Read the blogs you wrote when you were feeling great. Tomorrow is a new day and you can get that feeling back!

    I'm rooting for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Dave, I know what you're going through, it's rough and can be very self defeating. The key is to acknowledge what has happened without beating yourself up over it. Use your mind, as you are so fond of doing, consciously decide if you are willing to throw out the work and results of the last couple of months. I assume you aren't willing to do that.

    If I'm right, then you need to accept the slip up, accept the idea that the stress helps lead you to poor choices. But also accept that the stress DOES NOT force you to make poor choices, it just makes them easier to make. You are still in charge and you can still say NO to those choices. It's difficult, but you are still in command of your ship, now you need to decide whether to hang your head in defeat or lift your head in defiance and continue to work towards your goals.
    1857 days ago
  • EWL978
    Dave, you've got a right to feel lousy any time you want...and then, you came here and debriefed to us and I'll be that helped... we're here for you any time....just pick yourself up and get started again as soon as you feel okay. Here's hoping you can "get right back on the horse" (so to speak)

    1857 days ago
  • MAJONES1225
    Alright, I know how you feel. But, you are on SP and we are here for each other. I know that when you get stressed at work you start to eat. The key is to have healthy snack food to eat. Fruit, veggies or the special k snacks . Then you will not be doing so much damage. You can even snack on a piece of cheese.

    Tomorrow is going to be a better day and you are going to back on track again. Don't just get mad get even. Fight it by being prepared with the healthy food. You are doing great. emoticon emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Sorry to hear you are feeling bad. You can pick your self up ... dust off and have another go!!! I know you can.
    1857 days ago
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