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Re-programming

Friday, November 21, 2014

The past couple of days I've been paying attention to how I feel when I want to eat. I know I'm an emotional eater but I didn't realize how ingrained a habit it is! Even the tinest annoyance and I start thinking about eating something to "feel better". It is truly like an addiction. It's a real struggle to feel my feelings and sit with them, think about them, let them rise up and wash over me. Ugh!

Yesterday I was sad about my Yoga studio closing and driving home I thought about stopping at Starbucks for a treat. I successfully passed it by but went ahead with driving through McDonald's for their $1.04 vanilla ice cream cone. Less calories but the same "soothing with sweets" reaction to emotional pain. It turns out the studio found a place to relocate and I can still enjoy all the benefits of yoga and the people I know there.

I realize in trying to deal with my emotions that its going to be harder than exercising or diet.

  
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NORWOODGIRL 11/22/2014 7:44PM

    Go, Alice! Great insight.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/22/2014 1:07PM

    Baby steps! I think you had a very successful NSV -- you recognized your emotion, you recognized your first impulse to deal with it, and you chose the lesser of two evils. That's a win!

Sometimes when I feel that way, I'll find myself down the snack or cookie aisle of the grocery store, just "trolling..." but as long as I don't buy anything, what harm does it do? I have learned it doesn't help, so I just say "oh well" and move on. You will get to this point too!

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Road trip lessons

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My weight is up, thanks to 1) not enough moving and 2) eating whatever is available.
What works when travelling is 1) taking snacks (for the airplane) and not buying more.
2) knowing what is good (healthy, calorie appropriate) at fast food restaurants we stop at.
3) breaking up driving long distances with walks/hikes.

The hardest thing, in retrospect, is getting quiet, uninterrupted "me" time. I need to plan and DO at least 10 minutes of meditation alone, in quiet to stay on track.

Now that I'm home, I need to get 85 minutes a day of fitness to reach my 2014 yearly goal. Guess I'm going to wear out the treadmill and a couple pair of sneakers!

One positive note, we pretty much emptied the pantry and frig before we left so I'm not putting any grains or sugar back into it!

  
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NORWOODGIRL 10/26/2014 9:30PM

    What strategies do you have planned to survive the two big eating holidays before the end of the year?

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road trips are hard to stay on track

Monday, October 20, 2014

Travelling across country by car is a challenge to my diet, exercise and routine. It's eye opening to recognize how my mind thinks about these things when travelling. I plan on working while I travel so I've go to get a routine like I have at home where I exercise, eat sensibly and get work done. All while travelling from city to city and having fun.
It's sort of a semi-retirement, a practice of sorts, at real retirement. So I'll take this as a training opportunity to learn some new habits I hope that will come in handy when I really retire.

  
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NORWOODGIRL 10/21/2014 12:01AM

    You go, girl!

Funny thing about retirement. I didn't want to retire but had to do it. I knew I'd go crazy without some kind of plan about how my days would be spent. And ..... my plans ended up having no basis in reality emoticon

It has been 14 years now and I think I'n finally getting it.

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Yell at me please!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm travelling again and I'm overating. I treat the necessity of having to eat but being on a trip as an excuse to have desserts every night, eat 3 full meals even thought I spent a lot of time just sitting in an airplane or a car, stopping at fast food outlets and eating things I know are not good, they don't even taste good. What is wrong with my thinking? I have this old tape playing in my head that says to try new foods, I might not get another chance...it's the experience of a new place or season or people, not food I need to focus on. I don't need to eat so much, I'm going over 2K calories a day!

The truth is, it's stressful to be away from home, from the familiar. Waking up in a hotel can be disorienting and living out of a suitcase, carrying things to and from an airport and car, wondering if you've got everything is distracting and food says "I'll make you feel better". NO IT DOESN'T. I feel worse. This stops now.

  
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LILSUZY1057 10/14/2014 10:58PM

    I totally understand where you're coming from. The thing is, do you want to sacrifice what you really want for a short term gratification. I think if you do some pre-planning it might help. See if you can pack healthy snack to carry on the plane and have in the hotel rooms. Google the restaurants you are going to and see what is on the menu. Decide before hand what you're going to eat and then order it without looking at a menu. I may have made up my mind to have the chicken, but when I see a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, I convince myself that it IS chicken, right?

Anyway, I know you can do this. Pick up the pieces and go from today forward. And try to think of at least one thing good you did for your health each day! Even if that means you only ate one dessert for the day when you wanted two.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/14/2014 10:07PM

    You're right, Alice. Stop that! You practiced good habits before when you travelled. Implement those strategies again. emoticon

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Another year older

Friday, October 03, 2014

Yes, it's my birthday! I got a spot-on birthday card from SparksPeople, I love this site!!

It's been a stressful year, some of it self-inflicted! I saw ups and downs in my weight and had more back pain. I have stuck with daily Yoga when in town but dropped off deliberate walking. I'm moving away from processed foods and wheat yet am still a night time snacker. I got a strength plan from a trainer and didn't follow it. Once again, the past year has been one of maintenance. Not that I wanted to stay at the same weight. I need to come to terms with being an emotional eater who overdoes eating and under does exercise when stressed. I didn't get active enough nor eat within my range. This year I finally went to black coffee, cutting out cream and sweet. I'm in my second year of doing Yoga almost daily and want to develop a home routine for those times when I can't get to class. I wear a fitbit every day and I want to get at least 5K steps a day. This coming year I want to care for myself by each day moving closer to a healthy weight by eating healthy foods (no wheat, no processed foods), getting stronger and walking longer. This next year needs to be one of EXECUTION. I've got the planning and learning down. DOING is my mantra.

  
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GRANDMABABA 10/3/2014 1:26PM

    Great success to you. Have an awesome birthday and a terrific year to come!

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