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Monday, June 20, 2011

Motivational Monday



I decided to start a topic on my blog called Motivational Monday.  Because we all can use some motivation especially on Mondays!


Today's topic is something that I talked about in one of my previous videos, but it's one of the biggest things I am struggling with right now.  EMOTIONAL EATING...


All my life I have struggled with this and I probably always will.  The difference between now and the past is that I am recognizing it and most of the time able to just say no. Since I have had lap band surgery, I am starting to realize this now more than ever that every time something good or bad happens I want to reward myself.  If it's a celebration of something good that occurred, I want to go out to eat or make a celebratory meal.  If something bad happens or if I am stressed out, what's the first thing I turn to? FOOD!  


Breaking this pattern has not been easy and I'm obviously still struggling with it. I feel like this is all I have ever known and making this change has been hard.  


Something that has helped me get through the last couple of weeks is reminding myself of the quote below.  I keep quoting to myself over and over that FOOD IS NOT A REWARD!!!  I have created goals and rewards for myself that do not include food for each major milestone that I reach.  Such as massages, pedicures, new shoes, vacations, etc.  I'm hoping that this will help in retraining my brain to not associate food with being a reward.  I think the more that we remind ourselves of this the easier it will start to become.  Until then I'll just keep telling myself...



Hope this encourages you, I know it has helped me!  Happy Monday! 

11 comments:

  1. I'm right there with you. Food as a reward has been one of my biggest challenges in my weight loss journey. I think it is AWESOME that you have recognized this pattern/behavior of yours right in the beginning, it took me a lot longer to recognize this in myself. I’ve written about this on my blog before, it’s crazy how our society associates both good and bad things with food rewards. I know tons of people who have potty trained their kids by giving them candy after they use the toilet. It’s something that I try very hard to be aware of for myself and treat food as fuel not as a reward.

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  2. I always treated food as a reward too. But now I still treat myself with it. It just is far far less. Or it is quality not quantity. Good Monday post!

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  3. We definately did the "Oooh, something good happened? Let's go out to dinner to celebrate!" I also know dealing with the passing of my kitty the very first thing I thought? "Oh, I still have that ice cream bar in the freezer." Yep. I ate it. /nod I know that was emotional eating. I am trying very hard to think of food as fuel and as Lap Band Gal has on her site: If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the solution. (I may be paraphrasing, but you get the point.)
    Great topic!

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  4. I do celebrate with food that is for sure however I must say I live to eat and eat to live. I still love food I just do it more in moderation. I know food and making good food makes me happy I just keep the really good stuff to a minimum. No I havent mastered zin and can do this without thinking. It is an everyday battle, one I don't mind fighting as I love food and I love my new health. Thanks for following my blog and keep up the good blogging. It is such an inspiration to me.

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  5. Thanks for the comments! I definitely agree that moderation is the key. I think it's okay to celebrate with food, but it can't be what you turn to for comfort. I think it will be a while before I find that balance because for my whole life I've turned to food for everything, but I hope to find it someday soon! :)

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  6. Just found your blog too and my goodness - you ARE gorgeous!!!

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  7. I do the same thing. One of the main things I had to get over was going out to eat for fun, or something to do. One of the first things I used to ask my DH at the end of the day was "What do you want to eat tonight?" or "Where do you want to go to eat tonight" Now I am cooking healthy meals and stopping when I am full. What has helped me is reminding myself that I eat to live not live to eat!

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  8. Emotional eating was one of the first things I had to learn how to kick, but even so the best of us sometimes have relapses. Thanks for the reminder, it's always needed! :)

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  9. Thank you for commenting on my blog. THIS is so true! I still struggle with not associating rewards with food but what I find even more difficult is not associating CELEBRATING with food. A nice dinner out, a party with lots of finger food...these are all things that I think should just be. Great reminder!

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  10. Hi! Thanks for following my blog. Motivational Monday is a great idea :). Having just come through an emotional time and not had the whole food thing to fall back on I hear you on the difficulty in changing that habit. I am so glad my lapband stopped me from diving headlong back into old habits but it has been really difficult to change my go to emotional crutch. Good luck with your changes!

    xxxooo

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  11. That is one of the biggest things I had to learn...food is not a reward. I've had to get creative to find things to reward myself with but it was the best thing I did for myself. Well, one of them anyway. :)

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