substituting negative with positives
Saturday, February 07, 2015
So as I lose weight I think about what got me here. Stress.. I guess mostly stress. I eat my emotions so I have tried not to do that. It is so very easy to grab empty calories to fill the need to cover emotions.
I have to substitute behavior that gets me to a bad place with behaviors that will get me to a good place. So if I am stressing about the probability of my husband getting a job in his chosen field. Worried about the quality of my new health insurance. Thinking about the horrible things that happened in 2014, I get a sinking feeling. It is a turning in my stomach. It is very uneasy. So using the mentality of a mother kissing the boo boo and giving a glass of milk and a cookie to feel better; It is so easy to walk to the cabinet to look for something to fix that emotional boo boo. Cover up that feeling.
Substitutions is what I am in need of. Before I get a snack, drink a glass of water. Before i get a snack, go up and down the stairs 10 times. Play a game of bingo on my iPad. Spark for 10 minutes. If it is true hunger eat something healthy. Try to eat out of hunger and the need to fuel my body and not because I am in emotional need of comfort. I can guarantee that there is no comfort in feeling fat. Just more uneasy feelings that a cookie can not mask.
I will continue to face emotions as they pop up. To address one emotional crisis at a time.
All suggestions for substitute positive behaviors that help you are welcome.