Trek Women
December 13, 2007

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards…

Backwards I don’t know about you, but I’m stressed out. With all the holiday happenings, and finding the perfect gifts, and wrapping up end-of-year projects at work, and going to a million meetings, and resisting the basket of sugar cookies a co-worker put in the office kitchen and getting ready for our New Year’s trip, and trying not to feel guilty that I haven’t ridden my Trek in forever cause I’m a cold weather wuss, and…the list goes on and on and keeps getting longer by the minute. I’m about ready to run into the hallway and scream, “I’ve had enough!”

When I get stressed, my first inclination is to head straight to the grocery store bakery for carrot cake and comfort. Well, if I’m being honest, I’ll comfort eat when I’m happy, sad, so-so, bored… pick an emotion and I’ll eat to it.

So, right now, I’m going to take a deep breathe, maybe two. Join me if you like. Inhale/exhale. Now, I’m going to visualize myself at the gym tonight, taking a class with my friends, and feeling my body move, sweat, stretch and release tension. Hmm, feeling a little better, releasing the death grip on the sugar cookie.

When I’ve got an emotional hunger pain, like stress, I’ve learned that exercise helps me break the comfort-eating cycle. Getting out of the office or my house and doing something that’s good for me is a much sweeter reward than rolling backwards to old habits.

How are you all fighting stress this holiday season?

Comments

Why is it everything tastes better when the weather is cold. I am trying to figure it out too. I have found one thing that helps a little, Swiss-Miss sugar free chocoate cocoa with sugar free peppermint syrup. It's not perfect but it's a start.
M

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Dec 13, 2007 12:09:12 PM

Interesting: I would never have thought about getting a carrot cake. My emotional eating monster heads for the frozen dairy section.

Like you, to fight stress I'm exercising in my Group Groove class at the Y. This is the aerobics/dance class I've waited for all my life, and the instructor is beyond outstanding. This has kept me sane during the holidays and everything else going on in my life right now. Naps help too. :)

Becky

Posted by: Becky | Dec 14, 2007 12:37:24 PM

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