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Baby-Mama Drama & The Giant Peach

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hello, my name is Karly and I'm a Stepmom. It's been 1 month since my last relapse of emotional eating.... If you've ever been exposed to the 12-Step recovery process, either in real-life or TV/movies, you may know that a meeting starts with a similar introduction.

So here I am, polishing off a giant peach from Costco. It's delicious, juicy, sweet, and perfect in all other ways....but it's not cheesecake. Okay, of COURSE it's not cheesecake! And you're wondering how we got from 12-step to a peach to cheesecake, right?

It all started with my husband and his ex exchanging their kids today. That situation is another story for a group of qualified mental health professionals, but let's just say there was baby-mama drama. Drama led to doubt, doubt led to certain fears, fears led to a desire for comfort and the minute I reached out to faithful friends who will be there for me and pray for me, the intense craving for cheesecake welled up in me! I'm telling you I could SEE it and TASTE it!! But God bless my friend, she intervened and suggested a piece of fruit to combat that sugar craving. And in my committment to myself and my health, I went for it instead of heading for temptation. And as you can see...I'm using other tools to help with the emotional eating, like blogging about it.

I'm not saying I won't ever eat cheesecake in my life again; that would surely be one big, fat lie. And you had better believe it still sounds yummy. However, I'm learning to recognize when a craving is triggered by circumstances and emotions. I can also attest that I feel SO EMPOWERED that I was able to stave it off and that I feel satisfied with my healthier decision! I'm not burdened with guilt or depression. And I didn't allow the ex's junk to get me to the point where I mindlessly "self-medicate" with food. That is victory that is certainly sweet!

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    Trust me, I have been where you are. Emotional eating can be hard, just remember that tomorrow is a new day. Start off with a clean slate and begin again. I am so glad you vented here about this. I am a step mother myself and me and bio mom don't get along at all.

    Know that you are not alone. We are here for you.

    By the way emoticon and emoticon on not falling into temptation.
    2034 days ago
    Way to go for reaching out to a friend. I too am an emotional eater- and lately (if you see my blog post- you'll see what I'm talking about) I've been having SEVERE pain issues in my back. I either DON'T eat- or eat bad, unhealthy cr@p. Not good! So- kudos to you for recognizing your triggers. Keep on keepin' on, girl! Proud of you! And the fact that you DIDN'T indulge is a small victory over the ex (trust me- I understand ex and drama- know that all to well with ex-husband and his current wife). You didn't let HER win.

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    2034 days ago
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