Only down one pound - and after I made such a big deal about getting back on track and challenging all of you to give more money to Kinship. (My challenge of matching money is still good and I will get back on track or match the money you pledge, but didn't get back on track this week.)
Somewhat disappointing. And when I look back, I thought I was doing pretty good. But the work week for me was a bit stressful, and when my work life gets stressful, if you talk to staff, I typically pace around the office and eat. Worse, not only am I eating much more than I planned, but I eat items I should be staying away from.
I talked about this with the trainer, Joan, and this week, we wanted to write again about emotional eating.
For me, the problem goes deeper. According to staff, not only do I pace and eat when there are problems at work, but I do the same when I'm excited with work. When I think about it, when I have a big presentation, I pace around, "barking" orders in preparation and chewing on whatever I can find in the office.
Looking deeper into these eating triggers, I do the same thing when I sit down at night and relax while watching a movie. Just recently, I felt this huge need to make popcorn, even though I wasn't hungry.
What I need to work on this week, and until I get it under control, are triggers for emotional eating, and then have a plan to stop the feeding frenzy before it begins.
Emotional eating, By Joan Peterson, FitQuest
There are several reasons people eat. Hunger is the obvious one, but there also are many "emotional" reasons. Think about the past week. Maybe you had a meeting at work and there were donuts on the table. A donut was the last thing on your mind, but you reached for it anyway just because it was there.
This is impulse eating. The best way to avoid impulse eating is to slow down, decide if you really want it and what the consequences will be if you do indulge. It's also easier if you don't attend the event hungry.
Stress eating is another trigger. Avoiding and/or dealing with the stressor would be great, but is easier said than done. Sometimes it is impossible. Try to come up with a list of alternatives when you're not in the stressful situation. Make a list of things you can do: Soak in the bathtub, take a walk, talk on the phone, get the task done that you're stressing about, take a nap anything you can think of to ease the stress and deter yourself from eating.
Do you eat while watching TV or a movie? This is mindless eating. Your hand is going from chip bag to mouth while you're engrossed in the show. All of a sudden, the bag is empty and you didn't even realize the enjoyment of eating.
This is usually a habit that can be broken by avoiding the behavior. It feels awkward at first, but just get through that initial couple of weeks and the old habit will then feel awkward.
Then there is comfort eating. When feeling down, had a bad day, dreading an upcoming event, we tend to rely on our comfort foods. Again, we need the list of alternatives to help stave off feeding the feeling with food.
Nutrition and exercise are the easy parts, emotional eating goes a little deeper, but just takes a little practice to find out how you can avoid your triggers.
(Before starting a fitness program consult your physician.)
GARY WALTERS writes a weekly column in the Neighbors section regarding his progress in the Kinship Wellness Challenge. To learn more go to www.brainerddispatch.com and then to the KINSHIP CHALLENGE link or www.kinshippartners.org.
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