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Emotional Eating

Monday, October 07, 2013

I have only blogged a few times since joining Sparks in 2011. For the past month or so I have been thinking about why I have not accomplished my final goal of 140 pounds.

When I reached 148 pounds in 2011 I was on top of the world. Clothes fit nicely again, even though I had a few more pounds to lose. I went into maintenance mode and did a great job of keeping my weight around 150. In 2013 10 pounds crept back on.

So I feel I am at a turning point, I can either continue to allow this to happen or take control. I subconsciously and consciously know why this is happening. I am a big time emotional eater. Each time I have an "event" I turn to carbohydrates to fix my feelings. This is never the answer, but for me it is my impulsive reaction. Just as a smoker or drinker reaches for their vice.

The really hard part is most of my emotional eating has centered around events that I should be happy about. One son graduated from college; one advanced at work and moved his Family across country; I am dating a new guy; I bought a new car and my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. But, with each of these there was an "event" I needed to manage. I have cooked, baked and dined out to an excess.

So, I am going to make myself find a new outlet for my eating vice. My rose garden has provided lots of exercise. Without this I would have likely gained way more.

So here's to hitting the reset and finishing 2013 where I started weight wise. Next year I will tackle those last 10 pounds!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KERRYG155 10/7/2013 2:37PM

    Great job on stopping the gain at 10lbs. Wish I had managed that. emoticon emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 10/7/2013 10:29AM

    I'm right there with you. I guess we have to create something else to turn to (healthy, not smoking, drinking, or gambling lol) but I haven't figured that out yet. I like Yoga, but it's so much "easier" to turn to carbs/sweets rather than haul out the mat. You've come so far, I know you can do this and succeed! emoticon

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SABLENESS 10/7/2013 10:15AM

    Hey, whether it's "good stress" or "bad stress", it's still stress. I've had a year with major change for the better, but very different and stressful. Over this year, I've regained everything I lost with SP, and I know it was sheer emotional eating. I am finally back on track and at it again. I know SP works; my challenge is HOW it works in new circumstances.
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More about me - idea stolen from Sparkfriends

Monday, February 18, 2013

I thought I would get into the spirit of doing a blog. It has been a while. I saw this on a Sparkfriends page so I am stealing the idea.

Where is my cell phone?
Sitting in my purse.

Spouse?
divorced, happily single

Your hair?
Past my shoulders, dyed my natural dark brown.

Your mother?
Lives 2 miles away and is 86.

Your father?
Lives 2 miles away with my Mom and is 88.

Your favorite thing?
Travel.

Your dream last night?
I can't remember the last time I remember a dream.

Favorite drink?
Coffee. My Kuerig K-cups are a life saver.

What room are you in?
My family room, where I have a L-desk set up with all of my electronic gadgets.

Your hobbies?
Gardening, travel, and reading.

Your fear?
Dying in a painful way.

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Retired and alternating between my yard and traveling.

Where were you last night?
Home

Something that you aren't?
A liberal.

Muffins?
To fattening.

Wish list item?
Go to Tahiti.

Last thing you did?
Paid bills.

What are you wearing?
Jammies. This is Presidents' Day and I am off from work.

Your pets?
None right now. When I retire I hope to get another Welsh Corgi.

Friends?
Linda, Kathey, cyber buddies.

Your life?
Pretty darn good. If I could fix my sciatic nerve issue, I would be wonderful.

Your mood?
Good. Looking forward to rain tonight (plants need it) and having a lens implant in my right eye tomorrow.

Missing someone?
My oldest son, who is on his way to the middle east on a deployment.

Drinking?
Coffee.

Your car?
Toyota Tacoma

Something you're not wearing?
I am with the other ladies, no bikini, no more, no how.

Your favorite store?
Wyntour Gardens

Your favorite color?
Lavender

When is the last time you cried?
I am not very emotional. A few tears when my youngest went off to college last year.

Favorite place to eat?
Outside by my water feature.

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
A beach, as long as it is warm and the water and sand are pristine.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REBELBLITZ 4/7/2013 11:26AM

    You inspire me! Gosh! Cher

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GARDENCHRIS 2/20/2013 6:09AM

    I'd like to think I had inspired you.... But I stole it from one of My Spark friends! We have a LOT in common!! LOLOLOL

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TRUE-NESS 2/18/2013 7:03PM

    Cool. Very nice to get to know you better. But, I'm sure your tear ducts are backed up. Go cry! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KERRYG155 2/18/2013 12:11PM

    emoticon I'm not real sure how I would answer some of those-favorite drink? hmmm...

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MEXGAL1 2/18/2013 11:01AM

    fun to read and nice to get to know you better.
keep on blogging and staying in touch.
Make it a terrific week.

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Life is all about balance

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I have just returned from 18 days of travel. Travel has always been challenging when it comes to healthy eating and getting a proper amount of exercise.

Since starting my most recent weight loss journey I have traveled quite a bit. This has been good and bad. The good news is I have learned to BALANCE having fun on my trips AND still eating in a way that does not totally sabotaging my ability to keep my weight under control.

The bad news is I still have a few pounds to reach my ideal weight GOAL!

With my new learned skills, instead of returning home defeated, because I gained back a few pounds; I will take control and drop the added pounds and take a few more off before the next distraction.

My travels took me to the beach in San Diego, sightseeing in Chicago and a Wedding in South Bend, Indiana. During the trip I enjoyed wine and beer, M and M's while watching fireworks with my granddaughter, and all of the goodies at the wedding. But I made sure and drank plenty of water, walked stairs and cutback my food intake on days where food was not a part of the fun. All in all I did a pretty decent job of balancing my foods. I did gain a few pounds, but have confidence that I will get those back off in the next couple of weeks and will get the remaining weight off some time soon, hopefully before I get inspired to take another trip!



My Sister and me in Chicago!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KERRYG155 7/7/2012 7:17PM

    Great blog and something we always need to think about. So we had some m&m's? just have something healthier and lower in fat and calories at the next meal. Not that hard! Okay, sometimes it's hard if there are other people wanting to eat but we have to fight for what we want.

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TRUE-NESS 7/7/2012 11:16AM

    Balance is exactly what it's all about. We can be as strict as we want to be and lose tons of weight, but the fact of the matter is, that's NOT life and that's not the kind of living I have in my sights longterm. So, kudos to you for learning this valuable lesson and KNOWING that you can have your cake and eat it too.... SOMETIMES.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/7/2012 11:06AM

    Good work and what a pretty picture!

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Spring is almost here and I feel like I too am growing

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The title of my blog might sound like I am going in the wrong direction. Growing in one sense could be getting larger. But, the growing I am doing is finding peace in who I am and what I am capable of.

The biggest discover is that I don't have to hit every goal to be a success. Even though I wanted to be at my goal weight by December 11th, which did not happen, I still am feeling healthy, alive and I know I will get to my goal weight in good time.

My prior weight loss efforts have always been that I set a goal to lose X by a certain date and I would do it. I would then go on with my life and slowly but surely the weight would creep back on (plus more emoticon ). I have been a habitual yo-yo dieter since 18.

This time I am experiencing and earning every pound lost. Even though I might have 3 weeks of the same number on the scale, this has not discouraged me. I am finding out how to maintain as I continue to progressively drop weight.

I did not go on any fanatically exercise program. I have mixed it up all over the place. I enjoy finding ways in my normal day to get moving. One strategy is parking way, away from a store. Even if I have to push 50 pounds of goods back, it is all worth it. I have only spent $80 on videos this time around. Before I would have tried to buy anything that I thought might boost my chances of getting the most weight off in a week.

I have not bought a lot of any one particular food. I also switch this up. Early on I prepared lots of SparkPeople menus. Once I got bored with cooking, I switched to easy to prepare foods. The simpler the better. Spending the better part of a year figuring out what to eat to keep the pounds coming off has made me very aware of the calories in most items.

So, whatever life brings, I am determined to not lose sight of the fact that food is nourishment and not to lose sight of of how easy it is to stuff food in for the wrong reasons.

I am excited about Spring, my newly planted roses are putting out leaves and I can't wait to enjoy each color. Observing nature is slowly replacing my focus on food. (even aphids!)

The following is a picture of one of my newly planted rose bushes as it is leafing out and growing!







  
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CAPECODLIGHT 3/18/2012 6:01PM

    Good blog! Finding the key to what works for you is priceless wisdom. Thanks for sharing some of what you've learned and your hopeful message. Your rose bush looks like it is off to a great start. Made me get the gardening "itch" all the more...

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Body image and one of my best friends lives with me!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I have been a faithful SPARKee for over six months. During this time I have only written a few blogs. I have enjoyed reading so many great blogs. I feel it is time to express where I am in my journey.

My original goal was to be 140 pounds when I took a cruise in December. I know that this is not going to happen. But, I am very excited that this is not making me unhappy. I have come a long way by losing over 40 pounds and I am feeling good about myself. I will reach 140, but it will be on a timeline that works for me.

My realization came as I was going through my closet starting to figure out my wardrobe, since the ship leaves in 5 weeks! I do not fit in to many of the clothes that I was able to wear the last time I was 140 about 5 years ago.

I discovered that this really doesn't matter. I am excited to be alive and feel good about where I am in my journey. I will find and take clothes that fit me and support my body image. The size on the label is irrelevant.

The other revelation is that my refrigerator has become one of my best friends. Before I would dread the refrigerator because it was a symbol of calories and my life long weight struggle. Now I am seeing it as a friend that I go to, to find foods that make me feel good about myself. I enjoy my coconut milk, non fat greek yogurt, spinach and any berry or melon I can keep in stock.

I will go on my vacation wearing a smile and what ever size fits my new body image. I will eat plenty on the cruise, but will look for better choices. I will eat lobster, shrimp and other small portions of any meat I want. I will drink a glass of wine and enjoy it. I will use the stairs and the walking track each day. I will return with a tan and the motivation to continue to be as healthy as I can be. It is all in my control. (My joints really like my wanting to be as light as possible!)

This picture is of me and a good friend enjoying life!



  
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4AMAZINGME 1/21/2012 4:52AM

    You are amazing!! you can and you are doing this emoticon

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SMARGED 1/2/2012 5:37PM

    Love your picture (you look great!) and your attitude!! emoticon

How was the cruise??

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CAPECODLIGHT 11/25/2011 11:57AM

    Just catching up on Spark because of vacation. I am here to report, you can have a great vacation and still Spark. My goal was to not gain on vacation, and I met that goal. I was very active; so I was able to have some special treats along the way as well as a glass of wine with dinner. So, I didn't feel deprived at all. I'm sure you will be able to have a great time on your crusie as well.

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KERRYG155 11/6/2011 9:32PM

    Love it! Looking at the bright side of things keeps you moving in the right direction.

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TRUE-NESS 11/6/2011 6:57PM

    You look great and your friend looks great too! LOL

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BIRCHCAMP 11/6/2011 6:08PM

    Truly inspiring! Thank you so much!

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REBELBLITZ 11/6/2011 1:30PM

    You look fabulous! I know that you will have a great time.

Also, it is great that you are cleaning out your closet of your bigger clothes. You are you way to be the best you can be. You have succeeded in your weight loss and you will continue in your journey.

Go and have fun and keep that smile going.

Peace to you.

Cheryl

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