So back for some more! One thing I am learning with my therapist is that I need to identify my triggers for binge eating. After some reflection I came up with the following.
- Stress- When I am stressed I go for food. Every time.
- Boredom- This is a big one for me. If I am busy, I do not think about food, but when I am bored it is all I think about
- The other is my emotions. I eat them. Sad? Eat. Happy? Celebrate with food.
So How do I counter act these? I need to find better ways to cope with all of these. Stress at work is a huge trigger and it is so easy to walk in the break room and grab some food. One thing I can do is to keep healthy option, like fruit and nuts with me. If I have to have something, at least it can be healthy. Boredom is odd. I should not be bored. I work full time and I go to school! How the heck am I ever bored?
So what do I need to do? Well the first thing is be prepared. Bringing healthy snacks with me will help. But I need to retrain my brain. My therapist said something that made sense. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then are you really hungry? Also she said, drink a glass of water then wait 20 minutes. If you still are hungry, then it is actual hunger. So here is my plan for the next week
I am going to start by packing my breakfast, lunch and snacks the night before work. I am not a morning person so if I o not do it at night, I wont do it in the morning. I am also going to up my water intake and be more mindful of my eating. No eating at my desk at work or home. To combat boredom with the coming winter break from school I am going to get back to working out at least 3 days a week and walking on my breaks at work.
I know I can do this. I have lost over 100lbs already. Whats 75 more? I feel like blogging will help me. I do not feel like anyone in my life wants to hear this from me and i need an outlet to talk it out. So this is going to work out good for me.
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!