Bossy’s Losing it Week 3: Emotional Eating

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 What I learned this week:

Food does not make me feel better. The end.

Listen guys, I’m an emotional eater. Like hard core. This past week was a little rough…well to be honest everyday around 3:00 pm becomes a little rough. It’s the time of day where the kids get up from their nap and I’m starting to get tired (cause I obviously didn’t spend their nap time taking a nap for myself) and I just don’t know what to do with the rest of my day until Chris gets home. These are the times that I am tempted to hunker down in front of the TV and fill my gullet with excessive amounts of anything sugary that has the potential to cheer me up.

And it does for like 2.5 seconds.

And then I feel stuffed and uncomfortable and guilty for bingeing on food that wasn’t really worth it.

And that’s the what I’m trying to remind myself when 3:00 rolls around, accompanied by that temptation. I’m trying to remember that eating doesn’t actually make me feel better and in the long run it makes me feel worse.

For the most part when I gave in to that temptation this week, I checked to see how many points everything was and still tracked everything (weight watchers terms, people). So even though I was emotionally eating, I was intentional and thoughtful about it.

I made it all the way to Saturday night without going over my points for the days/week (you get a daily point value to spend that then another 49 points that you can use throughout the week). Then for some reason on Sunday I gave up and stopped tracking/caring. Part of me figured that by that point it was too late and I was going to gain weight this week anyway. Plus I hardly had a chance to workout this week.  So I decided I’d start fresh next week and chalk the whole thing up to a lost week.

If I had kept tracking on Sunday and Monday it probably wouldn’t have been a bad week.

In the end, although I lost a little momentum, I was still able to lose .4 lbs! Not an all time high but considering the week I had, I was just glad it wasn’t a gain!

My plan for this next week is to make a list of things to do when that 3 o clock feeling rolls around instead of spending my afternoon on the couch.

  • Go for a walk
  • Take the kids to the park
  • Do a craft with Evelyn

Non-Scale Successes:

I don’t feel like this week was much of a success in any regard. Although I will say, while I didn’t work out as often as I would have liked I did try and get in more movement than usual. Going on more walks or playing with Evelyn at the park. I don’t know if it really made a difference but every little bit counts right?

Looking Ahead:

This week I made a goal to get up before the kids everyday and workout. If I can do it for one week maybe I can make a habit and start doing it more regularly. And, like I mentioned, I’m going to make a plan for combatting that emotional eating and find something else to do that will make me feel better in the long run. I should possibly nap more.

Oo and I signed up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon! Yay! I’m so excited and a little nervous.But mostly excited to get to training and change my body! This will be such a new adventure for me. I think that running something like this is not just about the physical training but the mental training that goes into telling your body what to do and believing that you’re capable.

Even when I’ve lost the weight I want to lose, I don’t ever want to stop pushing myself to try something new, work a little harder, do a little more. I don’t want to become complacent. This race will be the first step on the way to that goal.

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Week 3 Weight loss: .4lbs

Total weight loss: 5.6 lbs