At some point in most of our lives, there are obstacles to
healthy living. They can be physical, emotional or both; temporary or
permanent. It’s what we choose to do in the moment of most difficulty that
steers our intentions. Different people deal with stress in different ways.
When some people feel stressed they lose their appetite and can’t eat. Others
however, use food to try and take their mind off the stress, which usually
leads to more stress in the long run when the extra pounds start creeping on.
To prevent this extra stress, which is the last thing any of us
needs in our lives, it can be helpful to take a moment and simply think about
what you are really doing to your body in the long run. When your weight keeps
climbing higher and higher in response
to binge eating episodes, you are only going to make your self more miserable
than you already were. You need to admit to yourself food
can’t solve your problems. It can’t keep you company when you are lonely. It
can’t give you a hug when you are sad. You need something more.
There are lots of other healthier
coping strategies that are also WAY more effective. Exercising your body is one
of the best ways to release frustration and tension and to release the “feel
good” hormones called endorphins. Better
yet, it burns off extra calories while you are doing the exercise, and your body
continues to burn calories at an accelerated rate sometimes for hours after you
have finished exercising - especially after you have finished doing an intense
weight training session like the Body for LIFE weight training routine or the
20 minute aerobics solution.
Other healthier coping strategies
include something as simple as deep
breathing when you feel nervous or journaling to cope with anger and
irritation. Journaling can also ensure that you are staying on track with your
Body for LIFE challenge. Many find it beneficial to write down what they eat
each day, the exercise they did for that day, and how this made them feel
afterwards. Then if you are not seeing results as quickly as you may have
thought you would you can go back and look at your journal to see what changes
may need to be made.
you could try taking up a new hobby such as painting or drawing. Lots of people
have great success letting their emotions out in the form of art work. This can allow you to be a child again: splash paint and
let your hair down!
Some of these options may
seem obvious, and yet how many times do we dismiss them in favor of a trip to
the refrigerator? So when you feel stressed and are tempted to use food to
“numb away” that stress, just remember food can’t hug you back, and nothing
tastes as good as how finishing your 12 week program, being fit and in-shape feels.
So glad Im not the only one! Thanks for the insight, much appreciated.
Awesome post. Thank you!
I have fallen into this trap so many times. Food always makes me feel better. pizza and pop are my biggest weakness. But I agree that i need to find somthing else.
This has been a huge issue for me. Thanks for writing it!
Hello: Thank you for your encouraging notes. After my divorce I ate to insulate myself from other possible relationships occuring. It feels good to get this honest. It is now 7 years later and I have 40 lbs. to lose and a body and confidence to be re-united with. I am ready for this transformation. I am just finishing reading the BFL book and I will be starting my challenge on April 1st. I live in Ontario, Canada so I am unable to enter the competition , but I am determined to complete this challenge anyways. I am ready to discover "Me" at 50 yrs. of age. I've been a stranger to myself for far too long! Thanks Again!