Like many who have struggled with her weight, I sometimes give into emotional eating. And sometimes I just plain don’t know why I gave into the urge to binge. I went to a new WW meeting group on Thursday, they were very warm and friendly. I had gained a tiny amount (4 ounces!) which was a little disappointing because I expected a loss. ( my home scale showed a loss), Then for some reason, I just plain overate after the meeting. Meetings usually motivate me to stay on track; but this time, I ate too much food, and I ate the wrong kind of food, until I felt sick.
I am not going to beat myself up for my laps, or indulge in anger or guilt. I need to just move on, and review my steps for stopping a binge in its tracks.
1. Stop right away. If it is a craving, stop then and there to try to find an alternative that will help the underlying issue (boredom, stress, feeling lonely or disappointed)
2. Stay out of trigger locations where tempting food may be available (coffee shop, favorite grocery store which may have samples or bakery display, restaurant with large serving portions). I can handle all of these normally, but if I am tempted to overeat, it is best to stay away.
3 Do something else that occupies me ( go to gym, gardening, call a friend, take a long hot bath, hike, play guitar, paint)
4 Drink water or 0 cal beverage; sip tea or coffee.
I have made huge progress in stopping overeating. But I have to continue to practice the techniques that work. I know I can do this!
I am still recovering from my injured leg. So I have not been hiking as much as usual. But I went to a fun event at the high Desert Museum. They have an exhibit of some of the art from burning Man playa, and they opened the museum at night. I went with my friend Linda R, and we had a blast. Lots of young people were dressed up in costumes, and many of the costumes lit up. Here are a few photos from last night.
I have never been tempted to go to burning man, which is now become a temporary city of over 80,000 people camping in the middle of the desert. But I am glad the Smithsonian museum has sponsored burning man exhibit around the United States. I live in a smaller city, so this exhibit was much smaller than the one I saw in Oakland California. But it was totally different and a lot of fun.
The evening culminated outdoors, with a bonfire burning a temporary structure that was built for the event. Plus lots of people roasting marshmallows around smaller fires.
LindaR did not really dressed for the weather, or for an indoor/outdoor event. So I loaned her my knit hat because my jacket had a hood. She didn’t realize until we got home that the decorative flower on my hat had disappeared someplace during the night. Probably when we were dancing in the exhibit where the lights and music changed as people moved around. We had fun, which was the important thing.