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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.

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    This is something I had to learn to do too, I have a tendency to go for food for comfort but realizing it's comfort that I want I can choose other comforting things instead. A cup of tea is comforting and I can make that either low cal or no cal if I use splenda instead of honey just depends on the day. Then a bath is comforting, or reading a book or watching a fave show to get my mind off things. I've even found that doing walk/jog intervals is comforting. Embroidery is comforting to me as well. So it's great to identify what the real need is. Plus I noticed that chips or ice cream really didn't comfort me after all even if I had them and tracked it in a moderate amount to eat as comfort food it didn't really work and that was eye opening to me too. The non-food comfort works better for me!

    I found that anything that I enjoy is also comforting for me too.
    2254 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2015 4:38:53 PM
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