Friday, April 29, 2011

On not stress eating

Either the universe is trying to show me how far I've come in the past few months, or it is just a big jerk sometimes -- either way, I have been TESTED.

As you may have read, today was a stressful day. When the full impact of my crummy situation hit me, I reacted: I cried, I yelled at myself, I threw a few things, and had myself a nice meltdown.

But here's what I didn't do: calm my stress with food. And I didn't even want to. Success! (And believe me, even in the moment I realized this was big).

Bad day? I'll take about a million of these.

SO often over the past few months I have reacted to the many stresses in my life by giving myself a temporary shot of comfort in the form of something delicious. I don't even want to think about how many times I have been dealt a mid-morning blow at work and then ditched my healthy lunch for a slice of cheap pizza from the hole in the wall on the corner. And it never works!

And so today ends in a MUCH better way than it began. Crisis averted, and I didn't add insult to injury with a big pile of chocolate. Today, I made the best choice.

Boo for losing my wallet -- but hooray for small victories!


  1. Wow that is so great about having your wallet returned to you!! I love stories about the goodness of people!
    Congrats on not turning to food for is oh so easy and yet truly provides no lasting comfort at all. Those moments are the best...when you realize you are stronger than you used to be.

  2. Thanks!! I am totally in love with humanity right now :)

    And yes, I was pretty excited to realize I did not want to use this as an excuse to throw my good intentions out the window. I ate normally, did my workout...felt great!

  3. Good for you!! That's not just a small victory, that's a big one! Because now you know you can do it. :)

  4. Thanks, Mary! Yes, very satisfying :) It is so much easier to just think of food as fuel and not a reward/crutch/form of entertainment.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!