Operation Skinny Jeans: Old Habits Die Hard

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Old Habits Die Hard

Stress. It comes in all forms and faces, and can show up when you least expect it. It can derail you are make you stronger, but it is all up to you. Some stress is bigger than other stress, but it can all be a trigger.

I used to be an emotional eater. When I was excited or sad or stressed, I would turn to food. Food filled the void. In the past year, I have worked a lot on my relationship with food. Rather than something that fills my heart, it fills my stomach. Food is there to fuel your body, not make you feel better.

But when stress happens, I still struggle. I still fight with that part of myself that wants to feel better. I still want to feel the comfort that food used to give me. But I don't. I don't give in because food doesn't make me feel better anymore. And if I were to start, I wouldn't be able to stop because no matter how much I ate, it wouldn't fill the space in my heart.

And on the other side of this struggle, I feel in control in a way I never did before. I can manage stress in different ways, healthy ways, that won't make me feel worse in the end.

So for those of you still working through this, I feel your pain. I know how comforting it is to sit down with a pint of ice cream. I also know how amazingly powerful it feels to be in control and to not have to  give in to those triggers. If you are working through this right now, just know that I am here for you. We all need someone to talk with.

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1 comment :

  1. I definitely bought a tub of chocolate peanut butter ice cream on my way home from work on Friday, and finished it by Sunday afternoon. Ate it straight out of the container, too. I'm most definitely realizing I'm an emotional eater and it SUCKS.


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