B-day resolution: time for changes

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The time has come to face my ultimate test

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 10:25 PM filed under Weight Loss postings
If I had to rate from 1 to 10 how stressed I am right now, I'd have to say a good 7.5. During the day, when all my work-related tasks are jockeying for position, it can easily reach 9. At 10, I know I can't cope. I get bad headaches, I can't concentrate. Both of these reactions make it very difficult to work through all the items on my to-do list.

I'm pretty stressed about the expectations from me at the office. It's fairly high - and with our key time of year fast approaching, the pressure to meet these expectations is even higher than usual. And on top of that I've got a few other stressful things going on, and then all the usual craziness of my life and you have one person really hoping this will all sort itself out REALLY soon.

I response to all this stress I felt a surge of 'hunger' from about 15 minutes after arriving at the office until the moment I left. Nothing seemed to make it go away. I ate, I felt hungry. I drank, I left hungry. I ignored it, I felt hungry. It got to the point where even though I was managing to keep up with my tasks (which thankfully required short bursts of concentration instead of sustained mental effort), I got a huge headache. Since I'd been eating all day I couldn't imagine that this was caused by a drop in blood sugar. However, knowing that chocolate sometimes helps me get rid of headaches, I tried it. No luck. It was official: I was stressed.

I ate too much for all 3 meals. I kept eating the kinds of food that I didn't really want, but had convinced myself it wouldn't be that big of a deal. I don't want the same thing to happen tomorrow. I need to plan things a little more carefully. Perhaps a little self-talk to remind myself that food does not make anything better is also in order. A bit of a break regardless of how crazy things get is another useful strategy. You see, my brain knows what to do. But it wouldn't hear any of it today. It just kept yelling, "Feed me! Can't you see I'm wasting away to nothing here?!"

So there you have it. Today was a bit of a set back, but knowing that it's bound to happen to all of us once in a while, I've decided to take what learning can be had and try to do better next time.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be a better day!
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Last comment by kichda on 5/14/2010 10:24 AM

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