Friday, July 27, 2012

Eating the Pain Away

It has been stressful lately.  Something rather sad happened in my life and it hasn't been easy trying to cope.  I turn it over and over in my mind, trying to make sense where there just aren't answers. I try to keep my head up, but the tears come sometimes.

And I eat.

I am the quintessential emotional eater.  Happy events always seem to have copious amounts of food.  When I'm bored, I wander into the kitchen and stare at my food, looking for inspiration of what I want to eat because it's something to do.

When I'm sad, I eat anything I can find, looking for tiny moments of comfort and happiness. I especially love anything chocolate. It's something to do and temporarily, oh so temporarily, makes me forget for that brief minute.

I haven't totally gone off the deep end. As much as I don't like seeing the numbers necessarily (and they could be much worse), I still track everything in Weight Watchers.  Even though I would prefer to just sit on the couch, I make myself get up and do a half hour of Just Dance.

It's getting better.  It's only a temporary bandaid to ease away some of the pain. I need to learn better coping skills, but for now this was easiest.

Back on track, likely starting tomorrow.  Taking life one day at a time.  All will be well.

How do you get through hard times without chowing down?

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