Hildi72's Journal, 26 February 2015

They say recording your thoughts is cathartic. Let's see if it works that way for me. Been feeling super stressed lately. I helped my wife set up her own business and as with any new business its slow to grow. That stress of the new business growth has been making me stressed because I am always the positive one and the one who tries to paint the best picture. Add to that stress, I recently started with a start up and the work environment has been great but, as with any leadership role, there are detractors who want to see you fall flat.

Now, how does the all that stress affect me? Well, typically, when I get stressed I turn to food for comfort. I turn to carbs..breads, rice, pasta, etc. I know...i REALLY know that carbs cause me to gain weight quickly. I also know that I shouldn't engage in carb-fests. But when the stress levels get to high I feel like I need a carb fix. Food is addicting and I can admit that I have a carb addiction.

Now, I am slowly starting the salad at lunch routine. Next I have to do away with the morning bagel and then eliminate carbs during dinner....I know that is the right path. I just have to set my mind straight. Get my stress level down and my positivity back up.

AHh, I do feel better now that I have spilled my stress beans on this journal entry.

Diet Calendar Entries for 26 February 2015:
1705 kcal Fat: 57.20g | Prot: 64.43g | Carb: 239.34g.   Breakfast: Coffee with Cream and Sugar, Winchell's Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Cream Cheese. Lunch: Kraft Classic Caesar Dressing, Subway Cream of Broccoli Soup, Water, Broccoli, American Type Grapes (Slip Skin), Black Beans, Fresh & Easy Pineapple Chunks, Grilled Chicken, Spinach, Sabra Classic Hummus with Pretzels, Bananas, Red Kidney Beans (with Salt, Cooked, Boiled). Snacks/Other: Navels Oranges. more...
3097 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 6 hours, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 30 minutes, Desk Work - 4 hours, Resting - 13 hours and 30 minutes. more...
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I empathize! Hang in keep your positive attitude. Things usually seem to turn out OK if you tackle issues head on - one at a time - and stick with it. Protein helps! 
26 Feb 15 by member: mollyfied
So here's a thought. If you use carbs to destress and you cut out carbs....where does all that stress go? Maybe take up something to relax the stress beast and the carbs won't be so tempting?  
26 Feb 15 by member: nicholaix
Nicholaix is on the right track - carbs=sugar, so the addiction is sugar. We all go there. I changed my program to low carb and high amounts of healthy fats (avocado, nuts, olive oil, etc,) and I am calmer and more balanced. We actually need fats for our brain to better function; and reducing the sugar (carbs) forces your body to burn fat instead. 
26 Feb 15 by member: HCB
Thanks to Mollyfied, Nicolaix and HCB. Yes, I have a sweet tooth and you are right Carbs=Sugar and I probably am addicted to the sweet highs of sugar. HCB, I like your low carb high healthy fats idea. I love nuts and olive oil and guacamole so it works. I felt better after spilling my guts on here. I know that I can't solve all the problems aimed at me, I have to prioritize and work on what I can make an impact. My positivity will continue as it is based on a "With faith anything is possible" outlook. I will start weighing myself daily again...I need to be aware of where I am and where I need to be.  
26 Feb 15 by member: Hildi72
Great idea, Nicholaix. I would suggest that Hildi use exercise (stretching), music, small amounts of protein (thanks, Molly) or just continue to journal about your stress. Good luck. 
26 Feb 15 by member: LindaLee14
Thanks LindaLee14, I love music and try to have my headphones on as I conquer the workday. Protein is my favorite...just have to find more ways to get at it. Maybe when i am feeling the stress I will take a brisk walk and let the cold air (brrr) take my stress away.  
26 Feb 15 by member: Hildi72

     
 

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