For those of you struggling, do you ever feel exhausted from constantly thinking about weight loss 24/7? I know I do. The stress of not meeting a personal goal, losing 50 pounds by the end of 2009, began taking a toll on my motivation and started to make me feel like a failure. So, last week around my 4th buffalo chicken bite and 2nd pot sticker at T.G.I. Friday's I decided to just chill and relax. At Friday's I wanted to enjoy myself and not think about weighing in, working out, food point values, tracking, etc.
SUCKS the fun right out of any festivity. I took the "chill approach" on quite a few outings last week, which explains my surprise of this week's weigh in results. But now as I write this post and think about last week, I still made the occasional good choice, such as spliting a burrito at Chipotle with my Mom.
AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!! Sometimes I just feel like screaming.
SO WHAT NOW?
After attending today's meeting, I understand that I must commit to working harder when dealing with emotional eating. Part of my plan to combat mindless eating includes asking myself the following questions:
- Why am I standing in the pantry with my hand submerged in a bag of marshmallows? Am I really hungry?
- What am I feeling? Boredom? Anger? Frustration?
- What is my mind saying? "It's only one." "You can walk an extra mile. " "You weigh in on Saturday...there's still time."
- wearing clothes in a smaller size
- receiving compliments about my appearance
- discovering new foods, like jicama
- introducing others to WW
- attending more than 16 meetings
- moving more
- finding a substitution for stress eating...blogging (sometimes I still choose the food)
- trying new recipes
- using my food scale
- making better choices
- knowing the points values of fast food
"Recognize and celebrate what you want to see more of!"
I originally planned to write some holiday related posts, but I wanted to work through my mini crisis by managing my feelings through writing. Well, I am off like a dirty shirt...my stomach is growling! Stay tuned for some light and more humorous holiday posts.