Thursday, October 18, 2007

Winning the mental battle

Changing my eating wasn't that hard. I like things that are healthy... I just also like things that are unhealthy. So, leaving out most of the unhealthy things & substituting the good stuff wasn't much of a challenge.

Changing my activity level was a little harder (and still is). I don't yet enjoy exercising, but I'm hopefully that as my weight drops, it will become easier, thus making me enjoy it more.

But the most challenging thing is changing my mentality. Changing the fact that food is associated with every emotion I know. Just taking my feelings for what they are, and actually FEEL them, happy or sad.

I am improving, and it's important for me to celebrate every time I get over one of those emotional hurdles.

Today I was in a car accident. It wasn't a bad one, noone was hurt, it just shook me up. It happened in a parking lot. I was letting a client out of my car and a car backed out while I was letting her out.... backed out right into my little Honda. We exchanged info, etc, then I went back to the office. I just could NOT focus. I was upset & flustered about the incident, and work was the last thing on my mind. I decided to take the afternoon off and just go home.

And the exciting part comes here: I didn't even *think* about stopping to get some comfort food on the way home. In the past, when something bad would have happened, I would have picked up lunch or ice cream or something on the way home. And it didn't even cross my mind! I got home & was hungry for lunch, so I had a turkey cheese sausage, 0 point soup, broccoli, and a salad. Totally totally healthy. And I ate because I was hungry, not because I was upset.

It feels so good to be in control.

I think it's so important to celebrate these victories.... so celebrate some of yours!


Chubby Chick said...

Awww... I'm so sorry that you were in a car accident! But I'm so glad that nobody was hurt!

What a stressful situation! Bravo to you for not turning to food! What an accomplishment! You should be SO proud of yourself! :)


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Once Upon A Dieter said...

Whoa, only metal got damaged. That's the good sort of accident.

BTW..That's not a SMALL victory. That' sa BIG one. Whenever we don't do what we've always done, we have changed a habit. :) Changing habits is darn hard. But you did it!

Anything dealing with cars--breakdowns, accidents, etc--is super stressful. I know for me it is. It can totally wreck my peace of mind. So, I commisserate.

Big win for you today, even if the car is, well, not feeling as good.

The Princess

Scale Junkie said...

Well damn, lets try this AGAIN!!

I'm so glad you wereN'T injured in the accident!

I'm so freakin proud of you for not turning to food after a stressful day!! You are changing your habits and becoming a strong and healthy woman. I'm so proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself!!!

i TYPO therefore I am, LOL

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Lauren said...

I hope you and your car is ok. Congratulations on winning the Battle.

Lyn said...

Hey you are making some great new habits! I personally know how big a deal it is NOT to turn to food for comfort. Very inspiring :)

Heather said...

i am so proud of you for not falling towards food in your emotional experience! I am so glad that you are ok.

*ccc* said...

I'm glad you're okay and your accident wasn't more serious. I was in a car accident earlier this year and like you--I found it incredibly hard to focus and stay on task.

And I'm just as glad that you avoided food while you were stressed. That is a huge, huge deal!

Good job!

Gibbons-Camp said...

Keeping your mind off the food - security blanket at a time like this has got to be most impressive thing I've seen a blogger be able to report. Many congratulations.

Keep safe!

Lyn said...

Hey, you're not gonna believe this but I got in a similar parking lot accident (but it was my fault). I didn't binge, either. We are soul sisters. LOL!