I am back today after one week here to go over my progress and my struggles.
First I do want to say thank you for all of your support. I have had so many comments, and emails that I have just have not been able to respond to them all yet, but I promise I am reading and taking in all of the support and advice you are all giving.
I do have to say, this first week has been harder than I had thought. I did not work out as much as I had planned and a couple of days I did not do perfect on my diet. However, I want to focus on the good I did!.. I focused more on the food I did eat and not just the type but also how much I ate. Plus when I did work out, I pushed hard. I feel I used some of my time wisely instead of doing absolutely nothing I made sure I did something, whether it was walking or cleaning or push-ups. Whatever I chose to do was still better than before where I was doing virtually nothing. I know it is only the first week and I have a ways to go, I know I can do it this time because of all of you behind me. I cant give up. I AM worth this!!!!
There is something I would like to touch base on and that is emotional eating. Even in this one week I realized that I am definitely an emotional eater. So my goal this month is working on my emotions and figuring out how to control my emotional hunger.. I found a chart. There are 12.. that’s right 12 types of Emotional Hunger…Reading through them 5 of those types really hit home with me. 1,2,3,4 and 8 seem to fit me best. While I am not trying to use it is an excuse but more as a tool to help me overcome my issues. If I can not get my eating habits better it doesn’t matter how much I work out, I will never get to the healthy body I am trying to achieve. Do any of you deal with emotional hunger?.. Do you feel you overeat?.. I know that I sometimes will eat and eat and honestly don’t even realize I just sat there and ate an entire bag of chips until it is gone. So… Not only do I choose to work on getting more exercise in this week I am also focusing more on things that seem to trigger me eating more. I am going to start a food/exercise journal as well as an daily journal about my feelings and things I am dealing with. I hope in doing this i can overcome my overeating and emotional eating habits I do have.
The 12 Types of Emotional Hunger
Type 1. Dulling The Pain With The Food Trance.
If you get really hungry when you feel angry, depressed, anxious, bored, or lonely, you suffer from Type 1 emotional hunger, and you use food to dull the pain that these emotions cause.
Type 2. Sticks And Stones May Break Your Bones, But Cake Won’t Heal What Hurts You.
If you react by getting hungry when others talk down to you, take advantage of you, belittle you or take you for granted, then you suffer from Type 2 emotional hunger. You eat to avoid confrontation.
Type 3. A Full Heart Fills An Empty Belly.
If you crave food when you have tension in your close relationships, you suffer from Type 3 emotional hunger. You eat to avoid feeling the pain of rejection or anger.
Type 4. Hate Yourself, Love Your Munchies.
If you tend to become hypercritical of yourself, if you label yourself “stupid,” “lazy,” or “a loser,” you have Type 4 emotional hunger. You eat to “stuff down” self-hatred.
Type 5. Secret Desires Have No Calories.
If your hunger gets activated because your intimate relationships don’t satisfy some basic need like trust or security, you suffer from Type 5 emotional hunger and you use food to try to fill the gap.
Type 6. Forty Million Big Gulps And The Well Is Still Empty.
If you eat to make up for the deprivation you experienced as a child, you have Type 6 Emotional Eating.
Type 7. It’s My Pastry, and I’ll Eat If I Want To.
If you eat to assert your independence because you don’t want anyone telling you what to do, you have Type 7 emotional hunger.
Type 8. I Can’t Come To Work Today–I’m Eating
If your appetite kicks in when you’re faced with new challenges–if you use food to avoid rising to the test, or to insulate yourself from the fear of failure–you have Type 8 emotional hunger.
Type 9. Aroused by Aromas, Not by the Chef.
If you stuff your face in order to avoid your sexuality-either to stay overweight so that nobody desires you or to hide from intimate encounters–you suffer from Type 9 Emotional Eating.
Type 10. I’ll Beat You With this Eclair.
Emotional eaters often eat to pay back those who have hurt them, often in the distant past. They use their bodies as battlegrounds for working out old resentments.
Type 11. Peter Pan and the Peanut Butter Cookie.
If you eat to make yourself feel carefree, like a child, you have Type 11 emotional hunger. You eat to keep yourself from facing the challenges of growing up.
Type 12. That Stranger In Lycra Wearing Your Face.
If you overeat because you fear getting thin, either consciously or unconsciously, you have Type 12 emotional hunger.
I would love to hear back from you guys and see what you guys think about emotional eating?.. Good or bad.. I want to hear it. Once again I do want to say I am taking full responsibility for the state of my body, and that I am not blaming it on emotional eating. I am the only person and only thing to have control of what I choose to eat and how much of it I eat, but I am using this information as a tool to help me progress in my journey to a healthy and happy me!
“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will see results!”
I hope next week I can come back and say I have lost weight! I currently weigh 250. So I did not even lose a lb, but I know I did not gain it overnight and I will not lose it overnight..