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Monday, October 05, 2015

I'm not totally off track, but I'm feeling like a little "regrouping" is necessary. Two main reasons: 1) I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed by life: to-do list, family and friend commitments, time for myself vanishing; and 2) caffeine: I let this trigger back in and it is wreaking havoc.

I didn't track this weekend, which is a problem. I overate, knowingly. Not HORRIBLY... but I generally haven't had a lot of craving / binging/ mindless eating problems over the past 4-5 months that I've been working on weight loss and health. The past two weeks, I've managed to exercise 4 days a week, but not 5. (Which is my goal, and I feel better when I do, esp. since exercise is a major stress reliever / mood booster for me.)

I think mainly, I've allowed myself to become over-scheduled and it's catching up with me. I need a little more flexibility in my "free time," which means saying "no" to friends and saying "yes" to more time for fitness and relaxation. I love my friends, but I don't love the feeling of running from thing to thing all week long... and actually arriving at my desk Monday morning feeling like work is a "break" from my schedule.

I had Starbucks 3 times last week. Flat Whites, which are not heinous calorie-wise, but--I'm learning--really mess with my cravings. Even regular coffee from home seems to have the potential to mess with what I eat and drink the rest of the day. I think I may just need to cut coffee out entirely, or keep it a rare treat... or train myself to incorporate it in a more mindful way.

Anyhow... I'm looking for ways to cut back, STARTING TODAY. I've learned that being proactive right away when I'm overwhelmed helps keep my tank from hitting "EMPTY" (and keeps me from becoming a raging you-know-what!)... so I'm taking a hard look at my schedule for the week and choosing at least one "fun" thing to cancel. And looking at anything else that might be able to be put off, scaled back or multi-tasked.

Sanity... I'm looking for you!
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    Give yourself a break, and come post in the team. Everyone has been there, or is there, and it is just something that can come and go. There are so many things you can do. But you are correct, a little planning goes a long way. And I would try to focus on the stuff you can easily achieve. Please don't fall into the trap of making this too hard on yourself and setting yourself up for failure. Try just little things, and small changes. You get there, even with little improvements. I am sending you hugs and some cheer!!!! emoticon
    2041 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    You are looking at your daily routine and habits to try to discover the reason for your cravings. I would leave the caffeine in place for the time being, and cut back on your schedule. Maybe finding that social/me time balance for yourself would help with the cravings. I'd give myself awhile to settle in and find this balance, as I feel it might occur naturally given the chance.

    This will give you an insight as to whether or not it is the caffeine. If you are still having problems after re-balancing your life, then try to cut the caffeine. This also will be beneficial because you will already have gotten yourself in balance, and the caffeine will be a separate elimination, which as it should be.

    I know that I am a more social person, and when I'm out or in a social situation, I find it much more difficult to say no to myself because there are the temptations/ smells, visuals etc. from others eating what I am wanting to eat as well. I find it easier when I am by myself to deny myself.

    I used to drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a morning up until about 12 years ago. I had severe arthritis, and went to see a practitioner that explained to me how it magnified my pain. Well, I cut it out over a month's time after that to no coffee. I missed having a cup, and I love the smell of coffee, and for the past year or so now I "treat" myself to a cup or two on the weekends during the cooler/colder weather. I get my aroma, and taste of coffee, and I can do without it on the weekdays. I also don't drink anymore soda - diet or otherwise, as some of them contain caffeine as well.

    Hope this helps. . . emoticon
    2042 days ago

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    2043 days ago
    I get those craving triggers! I will do fine, then, snack on one thing...and BAM, those cravings are right back! Sounds like you are on the right track, caught yourself early, and know how to get things straightened out again! emoticon
    2043 days ago
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    Well, you seem to have it identified! You are doing great, and I'm sure you'll get this solved in no time. I love my coffee, and never really thought of it as messing with my cravings, but it's possible (not that I would ever give it up, but I drink it black emoticon ). I hope your week is wonderful, and JUST SAY NO!
    2043 days ago
    Learning to say no is so important for "me" time. emoticon
    2044 days ago
    Its always good to regroup hon! it means that you are seeing things you need to change. and that's such a huge step!

    I am so glad to see you back.. Cheering for you all the way!

    2044 days ago
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    Oh man I am super addicted to my home made iced coffees I make and drink for myself in the morning. But I bet it does wreak havoc on my cravings the rest of the day...
    2044 days ago
  • no profile photo BUTTERFLYGRACE
    Jump right in with your Shooting Stars team! You'll find some sanity there because we each understand.
    2044 days ago
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