Emotional eaters - and resulting yo-yo weight?

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jarolemodel

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 12:17
Hi, I would consider myself a human yo-yo. HUGE fluctuations in my weight, depending on my emotions, throughout the majority of my life. Turning 50 this year and OVER it. The time is now to embrace my emotions for what they are and not cram them down with food. Would love the support of others out there who struggle with the same unhealthy relationship with food...one day at a time, yes?
Ruhu

Joined: Sep 12
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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 13:09
You've got this fellow emotional eater's support, anytime you need it! What's helped me tremendously is working to eat & live mindfully. I'm a huge proponent of Dr. Michelle May's "Am I Hungry?" approach. (She has a book & web site.) I just sent you a buddy request & would love to stay in touch. Good luck!
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
steph55075

Joined: Feb 14
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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 13:33
Something I noticed today about myself is that I always want to eat a big unhealthy (McD's) breakfast on payday. What is that about?? It was hard to stop myself from getting something today. McD's, a donut at the gas station, something. I went out at lunch to go to the bank and again, it was like the money is burning a hole in my pocket and I want to reward myself with food... Instead I stopped at a spa and treated myself to an eyebrow waxing that was long overdue. This was the first time I identified it and the first time I resisted.
jarolemodel

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 16:32
Wow. Way to be tuned in to your emotions! I know that feeling so well, and what I try to do is figure out WHY. Recognizing the reason(s) for why you are obsessing over "it", whatever the 'it" is, and naming it (I'm nervous, mad, anxious, bored) is half the battle. The other half is figuring out what you can do instead. In your case it was to get a brow wax. That's seriously a big deal, and I hope you give yourself a pat on the back! Good for you!
roseomg

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 19:25
I am such an emotional eater and it's totally premeditated, too. If something upsetting happens the first thing I think is, lets get the oven going and make some mac n cheese, or cake, or pie.
HeyJude602

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 19:57
Happy, sad, excited, bored, angry, it doesn't matter. I want to feed any emotions with food. Pay day? Let's celebrate with food.

Day didn't go well? Let's comfort ourself with food. Etc, etc, etc.

I am slowly learning to identify what is happening before I start stuffing my face. You are in good company here.

Goal!

I try to think of exercise like doing the dishes or laundry; I might not necessarily look forward to doing it, but it is necessary.
Kris AZ

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 20:06
I sedated myself with food for so long. I was in a treatment program 20 years ago and am trying to follow a similar food plan with no flour or sugar because it finally dawned on me that I was going to have the same issues as my oarents, brother, and other relatives.

I cant have it at all because I want it all.
Kris

There but for the Grace of God go I.

Don't stop believin'.... Hold on to that feelin'....

"Sweat is fat crying"

"Everytime you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it"
LadyBea40

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Posted: 14 Mar 2014, 21:04
I will just suggest that you read a book I just finished called "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating" By Geneen Roth. I found it to be a very good read and helpful to me also since I want this time to be the last time I have to lose this weight. Have a great evening.
Ruhu

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Posted: 15 Mar 2014, 06:10
I hear myself in all of your posts! For me too, emotional eating has become my "go-to" to deal with stress, fatigue, sadness, anxiety, etc. I have to keep reminding myself that it's such a habit now, that it will take time to "re-wire" my now natural instincts to eat these emotions, rather than healthfully express, release or sit with them. I hope we can keep this thread going & continue to support each other on our journeys! xoxox
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
saratyler

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Posted: 15 Mar 2014, 08:39
It will take time for us to "re-wire" ourselves because for the longest time, it was working for me to console my emotions with food - but, it was also having negative effects as well. I also hope that we can keep this thread going as having a solid support system, in my opinion, is very important.
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be". - Ralph Waldo Emerson
jarolemodel

Joined: Jun 11
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Posted: 21 Mar 2014, 12:00
Hi All, thanks for your messages. I am amazed and impressed with how honest and forthright you all are. What a fine bunch of ladies! You all seem so knowledgeable about the journey and I'm so thankful for you. I've made (at least i think I did!) my weigh ins public so you can see exactly what I'm talking about with respect to the weight loss/gain I've experienced in the last few years. I DO NOT want to go through this again...thank God I'm 'back on track'. Happy Friday, everyone!



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