Two steps forward. Five steps backward. I started last Wednesday with small successes. Eating smaller portions, healthier foods and exercising. Then my husband’s family visited for his birthday on Saturday. My sister made him a fantastic German Chocolate Cake. I actually did okay on Saturday. We went out to dinner and instead of a loaded baked potato, I ordered broccoli. And actually enjoyed it. Add a couple of bites of cake – but didn’t go overboard. Until Sunday.
My stress level went up very early Sunday morning (I won’t bore you with the details) but I realized – again – that I eat when I’m stressed. Perhaps my subconscious thinks I’ll be calmed by food. Lesson 1: I’m not calmed by eating more food..
The stress level went out the roof on Monday and with the higher stress level came the ugly emotions. Frustration. Anger. The “I’ve had enough” attitude. The “I don’t care anymore” attitude. “Comfort food” here I come. Lesson 2: “Comfort food” doesn’t comfort.
Just took a break to get ready for work. Today is my weigh-in day. With all the bad eating I did, I still managed to lose 1.2 pounds. A much slower start than I wanted, but I’ll take it.
Instead of turning to food, how do you handle stress and ugly emotions?
Lessons 3 and 4 later!