Sophrosyne: Riding Shotgun

My thoughts while exercising

My thoughts while exercising

I’m stressed this week. I was stressed last week too. All because I do not like to drive. I would rather visit the dentist and get my teeth cleaned than drive. And that is saying a little something because I have sensitive teeth and haven’t been to the dentist in about nine years. Last week and the rest of this week I will spend two hours a day driving my boys to Lego camp. Three more days to go and it is over! Thankfully one of the trips my husband will drive for show-and-tell-day. And the-powers-that-be are doing construction on the interstate too…a little extra stress for me.

The really interesting part of this to me is that my husband loves to drive! He is a total car guy. I know what a Mustang motor sounds like because I married him! I love riding shotgun but hate the driver’s seat. So this week (and last) because I am in the driver’s seat I am really having a hard time with food…stress eating. Give me all your Little Debbie cakes!!! I need them to cope with my reality!!

Only three more days…and this will be over.
My two oldest boys are having a wonderful time at Lego Camp and so it is worth the personal turmoil and pain for me…that’s just a mother’s choice. Three. More. Days.

Anyway, I’ve recently started reading the All About Healthy Choices blog. He just issued a healthy “Creative Lifestyle Planning” challenge or weight loss challenge for eight weeks. I am always motivated when there is a challenge…I just love these kings of things. So I started the challenge today… in the middle of my need for Little Debbie cakes!!! HA!

Just for total transparency I did not meet all of the challenge requirements…I totally stress-ate today. And I over did it on the whole six ounces of water before and after a meal. It wasn’t until dinner that I decide to measure what six ounces of water looks like!!! I was downing about twelve ounces of water before and after every meal today!!! I had enough calories today from stress eating that I skipped dinner…I’m not hungry. But I totally nailed my water intake today!!!

Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I will not stress eat! My breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are planned for tomorrow. There are no Little Debbie cakes in my house. I am ready to deal with any stress-eating that comes my way tomorrow.

I hope!

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6 thoughts on “Sophrosyne: Riding Shotgun

  1. Day one of the challenge: ACCOMPLISHMENT-
    (1) you increased your water intake (btw- 12 oz is fine. Most people don’t drink water so I made the number smaller to prevent intimidation.)
    (2) you planned your meals for the following day.
    No one is perfect. Stay focused on what you did accomplish. Figure some personal strategies to minimize repeating behaviors you’re attempting to reduce or avoid. Look for good substitutions. ex. chocolate protein shake OR protein bar in place of Little Debbie cakes. Remember if the Little Debbie cake is a must, drink the water, eat the vegetables and do the 5 minute walk FIRST. See if “Little Debbie” loses her appeal after this. Nothing feels as good as gaining self control and confidence.
    Stay the course. I think you have started VERY WELL. CONGRATULATIONS!

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    1. The tip to drink water before and after each meal has been really helpful for me. I’m terrible about drinking enough water during the day but this is working for me. As for the Little Debbie cakes I will not buy them and since I make my own bread now I rarely have to go down the isle where they are kept. I just crave those things when I am stressed.

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