How to STOP eating your STRESS.

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It seems that one of the most common pitfalls to caregiving is"STRESS-EATING". Let's talk about it and how to overcome it. Post questions, frustrations, success stories, tips and encourage each other as we pursue more healthy life-styles. Excess weight damages our health and if we don't take care of ourselves - who will take care of our loved-ones and also who will take care of Us??? Share your journey here...

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mrsribit: Congrats on your WW success. FYI, I joined up with Cricket for the class. I so appreciate all that is being said here. I've put the pounds on too and I can so understand everything each of you has shared.

Mary, sending you support and courage with your decision.

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mrsribit,

The book we are using is "A Course In Weight Loss" by Marianne Williamson

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Cricket what is the name of the book?
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Hi Ladies, If anyone is interested to join a book club for weight loss support please send me a message and I will tell you more. The focus is on the subconscious reasons why we over eat and how to change. It is not a diet or exercise program but rather a support group to support ones efforts. The only cost is the book and people get that on their own. xoxo Cricket
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Mrsribit...I'm starting back @ the gym tomorrow a.m. - and will be back on the elliptical. Am starting the diet tomorrow also....usually it takes 3 days to get he cravings for the junk out of my system...starting on a weekend so by Monday I'll be on track & won't have to juggle a work load while I'm "detoxing"...
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Rioblu, do you still do the elliptical? This might be the way to let off stress when you get home, after you relax a bit first maybe. Great job on observing yourself. It's not easy. I still have a problem with knowing when it's stress eating or hunger. It's good to know what works for you. lt's great to have a place to vent here.
Mary. I understand. I'm in california, desert to be exact. I can't do humidity. I vacationed at disneyworld a few years ago in July. I had a difficult time enjoying the walking with the humidity so high. I never experienced anything like it. That in itself would make me want to hibernate. And the veggie idea is great. Mom doesn't eat veggies, she refuses to eat much of anything healthy. Loves dessert. I have to keep the bulk of it in the outside freezer so I don't see it all the time. I try to have fresh veggies in the fridge and I put EVOO and spices on them after microwaving. I'm more of a fruit lover. Veggies are a struggle. I agree though that they need flavor. Let me know how you're doing.
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Mrsribit,
No worries, no offense taken.
I am in SW Florida. I like walking, I like hiking, but it is too hot and humid here for me. I will need the gym. And, I am in the process of getting out of my caretaking - I am burned out, and have started the crying/panicking stage. I feel like a total loser for leaving, for abandoning my mother. Maybe when I get back home, have grandkids to play with, I will come out of my hibernation cave.,,,,,,,
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Oh, helpful hint. Mom likes those veggies in a bag with cheese or sauce. I find them greasy and heavy, so, I zap them as usual, then when done cooking, I open the bag, add some water, swish it around, and then pour out the cheesy-water. I am getting rid of most of the cheese sauce (and a goodly number of the calories) and have a nice pile of reasonably good tasting veggies............. This is not an economical solution and is only good for me - Mom needs the added calories and the added cheese makes it more likely she will eat.
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thanks mrsribit....i felt that others are out there dealing with the same issue. well...as an update. on yesterday I did pretty well for my first day of consciously thinking before I go to grab something to eat when I get stressed. During the day at work I did fine...It popped in my mind to get somehting several times during the day when I was stressed about work or if thinking about how I go to work then back home to be a caregiver and that I really don't much chance to have an outside life. I feel like this is on me too early in life (being a full-time caregiver), I'm 43 and I just don't want this to be happening right now. But it is so I have to deal with it.....ok, so when the urge grab a snack happened on yesterday I just stopped myself by thinking as to WHY I wanted to eat & registering it that I was feeling stressed & then I just did somehting else ie. stepping away from my desk to talk to a co-worker, I checked my email, surfed the net for a few mins, went and got some water. Now last night, at home, I did catch myself with my hand in a chip bag and I ate some chips. I was tired and didnt feel like entertaining my mom ....after I get ome she wants to talk which is normal but some days Im just tired & I want to lay down- I dont feel like being being her social outlet ....I dialed some of her rriends back home & she talked to them for a bit...I went to my bedroom & just laid down & then ate the last few honey roasted cashews I had because I felt guilty that I didnt want to talk to/entertain my Mom...so I did very well during the day but I am gonig to have to focus on nighttime eating...One brightspot on yesterday , my mother's aide offered to watch Mom a weekend here & there ..she said she knew I didnt have any help in the area & I was working too hard & I needed time to myself. She really seems to do well w/Mom so I may take her up on that. I am going back to the gym on Monday...wil have to go @ 5:30am because I cant go after work becase I have to come home to care for Mom. so we will see how taht goes. I lost 30lbs about 1.5 yrs ago...all by follwoing the "Dr. Ian Smith Fat Smash Diet" and doing the eliptical machine 4-5 days a week for 45mins to an hour. That machine is like a miracle...it just burns the fat right off and it's not that bad to build up stamina to stay on there for that length of time. so we'll see....
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Mary, I'm sorry I lectured. I'm sorry for the stress causing seclusion. I do understand. I find that on the days that I have the opportunity to go shopping I don't always want to. I feel better when my husband pushes me to get out. I feel like a normal person for a moment in time. I want you to know that I wasn't saying you were doing it wrong. I have a hard time remembering all the things I need to do to be successful. It helps that when I'm on the WW sight that I have checkoffs that remind me to drink or take my vitamins, something that I do most days but I forget when I'm hibernating (like now on the web). I also don't remember when I ate veggies last. I love fruit, put up with veggies. But I have had a weight problem all my life. It's not related to care giving. So that's probably a big difference. Please forgive me for being a know-it-all. My family all know I'm this way and they just put up with it until I can get it under control.
What exercise do you like, or will you be doing when you decide to venture out. My personal fav is bicycle riding, the real thing. I like to actually get somewhere when I'm working so hard, hehehe
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Mrsribit.........................
Thank you for the suggestion about WW. I have used that program in the past and was very happy with the results.............
I use that specific brand of frozen food because it is generally low in sugar, salt and fat. And yes, I try to get that much water down every day. It is easy to forget the basics while under stress..............
Frankly, I also deal with depression and the best foods, fresh fruits and veggies, require going to the story frequently, and I am still "hibernating".............
I am pleased that I got rid of the junk food and that, since I still crave the junk, I have so far been able to avoid driving up to Wendys for a Frostie...............
I suspect my solution will be exercise, and as I said before, I am hibernating..........
Thanks for the ideas, and I will look into that book, too.
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