Support Group Time: My family causes me LOTS of stress. I eat when I'm stressed. What do YOU do?
I just got back from vacation! Well, if you consider a stress-filled family reunion a vacation! I wasn't able to do much for my goals while I was gone, but here's a recap:
(1) 185 pounds: I counted calories and carbs for the first 4 days that I was away but it was hard with the temptations. The next two, I didn't have time to count and track. Then the last 4 days (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) I gave in to the demons and ate whatever I wanted. So I'm back and weighed on Tuesday and was up to 210.6. That's a 7.6 lb gain in 10 days, and still I didn't control what I ate. Yesterday it showed 211.0. ARGH!
(2) Exercise: No one we visited had an exercycle that I could fit my but on. I did, however, walk, do exercises and move. During the 18 hour each-way drive, whenever we stopped for gas or food or bathroom breaks, I exercised a little: I stretched, jogged in place, walked around the car, or whatever. My bod isn't used to sitting still that long. BOY that's a good sentence to write!
(3) write/finish 3 e-books: wrote by hand but not enough.
I posted yesterday, asking how to get back on track. I thought I would get back on plan Tuesday but found myself going to the kitchen, time after time, looking for a snack. And "finishing" the chips and bread and such we had eaten on the road. I needed help.
Great responses yesterday. Thank you so much. I'm not sure when I turned the corner, but I did.
Might have been while sitting on the pot, and realizing that I had only "gone" twice in the entire 10 days I was gone. Even with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I usually get it out once a day. No wonder I gained 8+ pounds from the day we left! Well, yeah, I also ate like I used to.
But sitting there, I thought ... why? Why am I having troubles getting back to my plan? Why am I allowing myself to ramble into the kitchen for something satisfying? Why why why?
Still don't have the answer, but I did finally get the thought: I can go back to at least SOME of my plan. Baby steps. Again. Like eating something spicy to boost my metabolism. And drinking water. LOTS Of water (because I didn't drink much at all while I was gone ... easy habit to get into AND out of).
As soon as I realized these two things, I went into action. I put a 5-lb "log" of ground beef in the crockpot to cook, and a big jar of medium salsa beside it (to add later). I added a diced medium onion and a couple dashes of tobasco sauce, and will eat on it, with sour cream and cheese, for a couple of weeks.
Once the meat got started in the crockpot, I finished a bottle of water I had beside my bed. Filled up a quart container with just a little instant decaf tea and lots of water with ice. Yes, even tho we had 4-6 inches of snow outside and even more from last night, I drank very cold things. Another metabolism booster (the body expends more calories to get warm). Drank about 4 quarts (1 gallon) of liquids yesterday which helped a LOT in lots of areas! Wink wink. Let's just say I stayed near the bathroom yesterday!
So the secret to getting back on plan?
I guess for me, it's just taking two little tiny steps and hitting them. Even tho I still want potato chips and chocolate cake, I felt full from the iced-tea and later the taco meat. I didn't tell myself "ok, time to deprive self from chocolate and cookies and chips again". I just said to myself "ok, time to drink lots and lots of water, and see how much spicy food my IBS system will handle". Since I love taco meat, it's a good fit.
Still not 100% back to where I was, but I'm working on it!
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