I wasn’t going to post so quickly again, especially since Wednesdays are my weigh in days and I hope to have a good number to report to you all tomorrow, but I have a eating dilemma. Or maybe not an eating dilemma but a stress quandary or something. Either way I am hoping that you guys can help and maybe relate. The issue: Emotional eating or the lack of it.
I mentioned in my blog post yesterday that Mr. Goat had gastric bypass last Monday. The surgery was routine and boring in best possible way, regardless it has increased the caregiver roles, solo parenting tasks, and general stresses that I’ve for the last two weeks or so, in the time leading up to and following surgery. I know that it will likely continue at least until Mr. Goat is healed enough to help take care of Little Goat again. It is hard to care for a 3 year old when you aren’t allowed to pick him up or run after him after all. So it is safe to say that there has been some stress in my life.
My old way of dealing with stress was to eat. I suppose that is not a surprise when you are as heavy as I am. The old way was eat when you are happy, eat when you are sad, eat when you are stressed. Eat to celebrate and eat to mourn.
My problem now…I am choosing NOT to eat out of stress and emotion. I’ve actually done remarkably well at keeping my eating on track and in control over the last two weeks. I know that emotional eating doesn’t eliminate stress and I’ve done my best to avoid it. I have allowed myself a few treats that I have points for, but in moderation and always with a conscious choice. This is a HUGE victory for me and something I’m pretty proud of.
I know what you are thinking, “This is a good thing Liz, so what’s the issue?” The issue is this: I still have stress and emotions building up and I have no viable outlet for them. I know that you are supposed to learn to “feel your feelings” but that seems like an intangible phrase to me. How do you feel your feelings? How do you process stress in a new way when the only way you’ve known was to eat it down?
I can’t quite afford to just lose my ever-loving mind because I have work, Mr. Goat, Little Goat and myself to care for. I don’t want to revert back to eating through the stress. Working out has been helpful to an extent, but my workouts are super planned right now within a tight schedule and I can’t typically get away for some extra stress relieving movement. So what is a healthy way of dealing with stress? I’ve been trying to think of healthy ways and this is what I’ve come up with so far, but maybe you can help add to my list. I would love to hear what works for you to help process stress and anxiety without resorting to food.
Liz’s healthy stress relief list:
- Read a good book
That’s all I have and please note that all of these things involve time that I don’t necessarily have in a typical day. So please share: What are healthy ways that you process the stress in your life?
Stress happens, but I don’t want to fall into old habits. So please share your wisdom with me. Perhaps we can create a list that can remind all of us the ways that we can deal with stress without food!