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I Have a Problem

Thursday, July 04, 2013

I recently came to the conclusion that I have a problem and I need help. I am an emotional eater and I have no idea how to overcome this. Also, my attempts to lose weight always get thrown off course, no matter how much I believe I will succeed. This time, I sprained my ankle and could not walk for weeks. After completing the first month of Insanity and seeing some results, I sprained my ankle when I missed one of the steps at my house. I haven't worked out in weeks, which is frustrating for me. I am finally walking again, but with an ankle brace. I have been trying to focus on my diet, but when I am stressed, tired, or sad, I eat. When I get in that mood, nothing stops me. I just don't care about anything when I get into that mood where I just need to eat. I don't care about losing weight. I don't care about how guilty I will feel the next day. I just need to eat away the emotion, even though I always know food doesn't actually make me feel better. I just think that it will help and that is what I turn to. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I don't think I can ever be successful with weight loss or living healthy if I do not find a way to address this problem. I can have all the motivation in the world, but once I get into that emotional eating mode, nothing can stop me from eating. I need to find some way to distract myself, maybe a hobby or yoga to destress and help me relax. I've never done yoga though, nor do I have the extra money to sign up for a class. I am thinking about getting a yoga DVD, but I am not sure which one to buy if I would get one.
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  • DWORB415
    I thought about keeping myself occupied during the times of stress, but simply finding something to do for 10-15 minutes is not enough. I might have to try going for a walk or something for 30 minutes to an hour. That might help, although when I get in those moods the last thing I want to do is exercise. Nevertheless, I do need to try something different, because what I am doing is not working.

    I do not keep chips, candy, soda, or any other junk food in my house, but I've noticed when I get moody or stressed I will go to the store and buy junk food or I will go eat fast food even though I have leftovers in the fridge.

    I like your idea of making healthier food visible in my home. If I see it I will probably reach for that instead. Thanks for the idea! I have a basket I can use for a fruit basket for my table.
    1810 days ago
    Hang in there-you have hit on a key strategy for managing emotional eating-distraction/diversion. Just like with same children, many times finding something else to do for just a few minutes will get your head to a different place. When you have the urge to eat emotionally, make a deal with yourself that you will do something else for at least 10-15 minutes before you begin to eat-many times this is enough time to get your desire to eat under control.

    1810 days ago
    There are a couple of small things you might try to start with. Check out the blogs and messages on the Emotional Eaters team. Read a few articles.

    Your ideas of getting busy are good. Find things that keep your mouth, hands, and or brain occupied. When all three are busy you will find it hard to nibble and eat.
    Also, make ONE or two small goals and work on PLANNING ahead for the times you are most likely to eat. I discovered that one of my most dangerous times was after work - especially when I had a particularly stressful day. I created an "emergency stash" of somewhat healthy foods to keep on hand in my car, gym bag, purse, and desk at school - It has sweet treats (fruit, mini candy bars, kisses, hard candies, etc.), salty, crunchy, and smooth textures. They are all in single portions and have 100 calories or less - I can grab them instead of resorting to stopping for fast food or doughnuts, regular candy bars, etc. Another trick to make it EASIER to not OVEREAT emotionally is to make healthy eating easier - a bowl of fruit on the table or counter top, getting rid of unhealthy foods at home - having things that you enjoy but that are pretty healthy visible, available, and more convenient than unhealthy foods.
    1810 days ago
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