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.
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!
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.
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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