Are you hungry or just eating to deal with stress, boredom or anxiety?
How has the challenge been going? When I started this I thought I would do things slowly and concentrate on making new healthy habits. My plan was not to jump right in and do everything at once. I knew that would make me crash and burn. I have found it very hard to concentrate on one challenge at at time and not go for the whole ball of wax. It is really hard to give myself a break. See there it is. I am thinking of it as a break. No, no, no. I am supposed to be concentrating on one lifestyle change at a time to build healthy habits. So why do I feel guilty when I am not eating perfectly and losing weight?
I am giving myself permission to do what I set out to do. So that leads me to this week’s challenge. While I have been putting pressure on myself to be perfect, I realized how often I think about food. Wow! So yesterday was one of those days. My laptop broke, so I could not get work done. My first thought – well go get yourself a piece of chocolate, you deserve it! I had to go run some errands that meant getting even less work done. My mind automatically thought “While I am already out, I might as well treat myself to some French fries”. With thoughts like this all day long, it is no wonder I have such a problem with food. By the way, I didn’t give into either thought.
The point is though, that I have to defeat those thoughts all day long. It is exhausting, stressful and makes me anxious to be constantly fighting with myself. I mentioned this to my trainer this morning and said I really want to get rid of those thoughts. She gave me a reality check that I might never get rid of them all, but I could reduce them and automatically redirect them. Ohhh! Just the thought of reducing the number of times I think of running to food would make me feel so good. In order to feel good about reducing the number of times my mind automatically goes to food, I need to know how often it actually occurs.
I am guessing from the comments that I receive; I am not the only one with this problem. So this week’s challenge is two-fold, keep track of every time I think of food to avoid stress, boredom, etc. I also want to keep track of the times that I avoid eating and the times I don’t. In order for me to be successful, I need to reduce the number of times I think about eating when I am not hungry.
So lets deal with our heads this week! Won’t that be fun? Keep track of all the times that little voice tells you to eat when you are not hungry. Keep track of the times you talk yourself out of it and what helped. Also keep track of the times you gave in. I bet we will see a pattern. What I am really hoping to find is a way to automatically change my thoughts so I don’t spend five minutes arguing with myself. Are you up for the challenge? Lets face up to whatever is making us eat and start to find out what works and what does not.
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