As I shared with you a couple weeks ago, my road to financial fitness hit a major speed bump. I regained my lost weight and let myself get quite bummed over the situation, which only aggravated the problem. I am an emotional eater, after all! I am recommitted to getting healthy and know that it is a goal that I can and will achieve. But in order to do so, I needed to take a hard look at what I was doing and make some much needed changes.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been assessing my eating habits and some of my triggers. I did my best to be honest without being overly judgmental. I didn’t want to make myself feel bad, but I also didn’t want to pretend there weren’t things that needed to be addressed.
Emotional Eating Doesn’t Just Go Away
One of my biggest issues is my emotional eating tendencies. And here’s the thing — it’s not something that ever really goes away. I don’t say this to be negative or as a cop out, but it’s the truth for me. I am an emotional eater and will always be one, which is why I need to be extra vigilant of my emotions when I eat. To make sure I am eating out of actual hunger, rather than feeding an emotion. This is something that I will always need to watch. There will be periods of time where emotional eating won’t be an issue, but then something happens (because that’s life), and it would be easy to fall back into old habits if I don’t pay attention.
There is still plenty of work I need to do here, but there also a few things I can change right now to make it easier to eat healthy.
My Biggest Stumbling Block
Lunch is my trouble spot, which honestly surprised me. I don’t pay much attention to lunch and that is part of the problem. I often get distracted with work and eat late. Ideally, I’d like to eat at Noon and many days I do, but when things are busy, which I want them to be, I get into the “zone”. I like the zone because it means that work is going good. The bad part is when the zone ends, and I am crazy starving.
And when I am starving, my ability to make good food decisions is low. Instead of making whatever I had planned for lunch, I run to one of the many delicious restaurants a mere block from my home and devour a big (fattening) lunch. Is this logical since it takes time for my food to be served? Of course not. But remember, now I am crazy! 🙂
Here is my solution:
- Plan better. I am going to take at least one Sunday a month to stock up my freezer with yummy things like my sweet potato veggie burgers, and I may also buy a few frozen entrees as a last resort too.
- Review my upcoming schedule every Sunday. If I know that I have a very busy week in front of me, then I will prepare something now, so I can quickly reheat my meal during the week. The less time it takes me to prepare lunch, the easier it will be for me to follow my meal plan.
- To reinstate my frequent walks to the stores. You may recall that I would walk a few times a week to the grocery store (a mile round-trip) to pick up an item or two to get some exercise. I’m going back to this because I want to move my body, but I am not ready to start a full exercise program. My desire to take a break from “work” also led me to eat out, so I’m hoping a walk will help clear my head without adding to my waistline. Hopefully, it will do the opposite!
I have a much clearer picture where I made my mistakes and believe that solving them won’t even be painful. Or too painful. 🙂 I am committed to getting healthy and implementing these solutions will definitely bring me one step closer to realizing my goal.
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