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Saturday, April 15, 2017

I'm having a really hard time lately focusing on my health. Work and the loss of our 12 yr old "puppy" have taken over my good intentions. Eating is my answer to all of this. emoticon
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    When you are sad & grieving, it is so intolerable. It is just like drowning in the ocean, pain everywhere, all around, no escape. When I lost my boy, Tom, I couldn't bear it. He was the first pet that was truly 'mine', we picked each other, I think, and we had 16 much too short years together. He will always be my furry "One" even though I've had pets since him, that I love dearly. Even now, 18 years later, I tear up thinking about Tom. If I see a picture of him, my heart is still so full. I give myself permission to feel my feelings. If I need to cry because I miss him, I cry until I'm done crying. If I smile because I remember an extra special moment with him, I take a few minutes and relive that experience and joy in my memories, and am so grateful we had that together, and that I remember it so I can feel that again. These things help me not eat to be numb, to let myself just sit and think and remember and re-live, and let the feelings run their course, good or bad. Your heart will not break, even though you may be terrified it will, leaving unbearable pain. Hold onto those amazing, full 12 years you had with your puppy in your heart and mind. Relive every happy moment you can, since the two of you will always be together in your memories. And, you know, he's telling all his friends, just across the Rainbow Bridge, about his amazing person and the wonderful times you had together. emoticon
    1412 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is really hard I know when you lose a family member be it 2 legged or 4 legged. I hope you will be able to get back on track.
    God bless you and keep you on your journey!

    1412 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please take care. Thank you for sharing. Hope your day will be a bit better. Hang in. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1413 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    So sorry for your loss. That does trigger the emotional eating cycle. Hoping that you are doing ok and will be able to get back on track. It is hard I know. I had a dog that I bonded with and only had a short 8 years with him. I still miss him, 30 years later, but I am happy for the time I had with him, I am able to pull the happy memories now, and that is comforting to me. Hoping this happens for you soon.
    1413 days ago
    Hang in there. It a difficult time and glad that you are aware of that. Take good care and time to heal.
    1413 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I'm sorry for your loss of your four legger. It definitely tugs on our heartstrings more than we could ever imagine it would.
    It's natural to want to eat for comfort. Those emotions of grief hurt and feel awful, and we want to feel "better". If you feel the urge to eat to quell some of these feelings, try to measure out a serving, or eat something healthy. I know it doesn't satisfy that nagging need for "goodness", but try not to overdue it, and use your tracker for a dose of reality at the end of each day. Give yourself a few days to grieve, and then make up your mind that it's time to move on.
    1413 days ago
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