Counter-acting Emotional Eating

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

For those of you who don't know me, I am a graduate student who has been trying to finish (or shall I say start) my dissertation for the past few years. Today I had a meeting with my academic advisor. I thought I had a great idea and wanted to bounce it off of her. However, after the meeting I felt very frustrated because I didn't get the feedback that I assumed I would get. After the meeting, my initial feeling was to not eat. though I had brought a Smart Ones to eat, I just didn't feel like eating at all. But then I had to stop and tell myself, if I didn't eat, then what? I knew that if I skipped my meal, I would be hungry later on and would probably give into those cravings cookies and candy and cake. Knowing that I am an emotional eater, I knew that I had to eat. And I did!

Yeah, my weakness are sweats too. But since the start of the SparkPeople Program, in conjunction with Weight Watchers, I haven't really craved sweats. I have been satisfied with the nominal portions of Smart Ones desserts that I eat after dinner (still staying within my nutritional targets).

The first few days of my tracking my meals through Spark and Weight Watchers was easy because I didn't have to meet with my advisor, but today was the first test and I am glad that I passed. Besides, I sure would have hate to track the nutritional values for something like a cake and cookies and candy. :)

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    great choices for you! this emotional eating thing is really a challenge...I was thinking, what would happen if we all just showed our emotions instead? what if we got all mad for a minute, stomped our feet, pounded the steering wheel, whatever! why do we eat? That's a billion dollar question, or at the very least a dissertation topic ;) let me know if an answer comes to ya! anyway, I'm proud of your progress and sticking with it - one day at a've inspired me to try a little harder tomorrow :)
    4569 days ago
    I loved this - "Besides, I sure would have hate to track the nutritional values for something like a cake and cookies and candy."

    I totally know what you mean. The only time I allow myself any kind of candy bar is when I know I've been so good all day that there's no way it would mess up my stats on Spark! haha
    4569 days ago
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