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Spark Lifestyle Change Strategy #5

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Action Step 3:
In your SparkPage blog, write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating

My job can be a source of emotional eating for me. I’m an IT manager and take care of all the computers, printers, phones, and communications that go along with them. Some day’s life is easy when everything runs as it should, and then there are those days when it seems everyone needs my help. I find that when there is a major problem, like last week when updates on my server caused our security access system to stop running. Our access system runs the doors that allow us entry into the building. It has a buffer, but I’m not sure the length of the buffer. All day I was very uptight about finding a fix, but I needed to wait for the security company to assist. I reached for a piece of chocolate – I had a miniature dark chocolate that had been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks. I’m glad there was only 1 available to me.

Since starting SparkPeople I’ve become more aware of recognizing these triggers and I always try to reach for a healthier snack, but there are times when I’m not as good about this as others. When the stress is the highest I usually want that sweet treat. I have improved with even my sweet treats though; I am more aware of portion sizes and allow myself a little treat once in a while.
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  • WILLOW49
    emoticon You're doing great! Keep up the good work! emoticon
    3904 days ago
    Great to be more aware...!

    That's the first step to making changes!

    Lately I've been keeping a container of grape tomatoes handy on my desk:

    The *Healthy* M & M...! Lol

    3904 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7320022
    emoticon on making progress in this area! emoticon
    3910 days ago
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    Great self control. You are an inspiration.
    3914 days ago
  • SUNNY2010
    Good blog! emoticon
    Your job does sound stressful! But what a great and healthy attitude! Seems like you are in a right place and continuing your journey in a right direction! emoticon
    3914 days ago
    You surely do have a stressful job. I am also in charge of a railway accounting department, and sometimes handling people is difficult. They always expect you to be considerate and sweet, otherwise, you become a monster.
    For a long time I have recongnized my bad habits and anxious eating. Currently, I am trying to cut down food amounts and through SP I have been measuring every single ounce or spoon of whatever goes into my mouth. It surely has helped a lot.
    I went through major hip surgery last January and my doctor warned me that if I did not loose over 80 pounds, I would have problems. Now, after ten months, 40 of those pounds are gone but I still have at least 40 more to throw away. And I usse the throwing verb, because someone, making fun of my constant diets, said that when you loose something, you always try to find it back and that was what happened with lost weight. So am not loosing weight any more, I am throwing it away.

    3914 days ago
    What a stressful job you've got there, RAINBOW! Yikes...I got a headache just reading about your complex responsibilities. I think it's a major achievement - or it would be for me - to have just a tiny bit of dark chocolate when under stress! You deserve a big pat on the back for such moderation; that's real transformation! - Sandi emoticon
    3914 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7274872
    Dear Rainbowfalls:
    I think you have a superb attitude, healthy and practical. As a leader and achiever you are hard on yourself and detailed. But you will undoubtably win your quest for the desired fitness you are reaching for. An apparent success is evident in your outlook and I high five you while you keep in front of yourself the tools supplied by Spark and the vision of your desired image. You are going to look & feel differently than you have in a long time! emoticon
    3914 days ago
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