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Beating the binges - turning disaster into triumph

Monday, May 16, 2016

Recently on the chat there has been talk of emotional eating. I do this. I have done for years. It is quite a while since I had a blow out but after posting advice to someone else yesterday about how to overcome emotional eating, I had a massive upset with my daughter. She really used me as an emotional punch bag. I felt like a complete failure as a Mum. I was very upset - as night follows day I turned from upset to food.

This time was a little different though. My house is no longer packed with tempting junk food. So I ate what I could find - a left over wholemeal and Bovril roll which I found untouched when I was unpacking the packed lunch bags. I then moved on to about half a packet of wholemeal biscuits for cheese. Just plain, nothing on them. Not brilliant things to eat 2 hours before dinner but a whole load better than chocolate bars, ice cream, chips (English kind usually served with fish) or some other such stuff as I would have eaten in the past.

After I had eaten those I went for a 45 minute workout at my regular boot camp class. I worked fantastically well at the class beating more than one personal best.

After the class I discussed what I had done and someone suggested that I just don't have any carbs with my dinner and carry on. So that is what I did. I had spaghetti bolognese with no spaghetti and a salad.

In the past I would have thought I had blown my diet for the day and carried on eating till bed time. In the morning I would feel terrible and hate myself. This morning I actually felt quite good about myself. I feel that I stopped mid binge and did something more productive with my emotions. My daughter also managed to get herself up and sorted and out on time with much less input from Mum than normal. Maybe she is just ready for more independence and I'm not doing so badly after all.
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  • JENSTRESS
    Way to freaking GO! Each time you conquer, you get stronger. There will be slip ups, but just keep going!
    1475 days ago
  • JEMADE
    You caught yourself, stopped yourself, and didn't sabotage the rest of the day. Well done. Sounds like a victory to me!
    1475 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Million emoticon to you for stopping a bad food day in the middle and taking control!
    This is the most difficult task ever, and you did it!!!!
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    Mother-daughter relationship is hard.
    Try to not take it to your heart, .it is not personal.
    My family members are all nice, but my mom has bad arguments with my sister, I I have most of my arguments (almost all) with either my mom or my daughter.
    Moms&daughters are vulnerable on one hand, and makes hurtful remarks on the other hand, despite getting on very well with everybody else.
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    1475 days ago
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