Nutrisystem Week 17 Update:
Weight Loss this week: -0 Total Weight Loss: -60.2
This week has been so hectic and stressful. It’s the end of the school year and we have all the stress of getting to all of the kids events, awards assemblies, field trips, and end of year ceremonies. Between our three children still at home I feel like I have been running non-stop this week and I have been super stressed with the busy schedule. In the past I would look to sweets and fast food to reduce my stress level. Now that I’m on Nutrisystem I don’t want to blow my diet just because I’m having a couple of stressful weeks so I was on the lookout this week for alternatives to emotional eating and put together some alternatives no matter how you are feeling.
My Nutrisystem Journey:
I still can’t believe the success I have seen with Nutrisystem. Every time I get on the scale I am a little shocked at the number. With the food they have on the program I sometimes feel like I’m cheating on my diet, they taste so great. So when I can eat things I love and still lose weight I am amazed at how easy it is. Nutrisystem just keeps blowing my mind with the ease of the program. I think I have tried every diet at least once but this is by far the easiest. Even though it’s easy sometimes my life gets stressful though.
In the past when I have gotten stressed out I start to eat. I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen off my diet routine and gained my weight back and then blamed it on stress or some other emotion. My answer always seems to find stress relief in the form of sugar therapy. Sweets are always my go-to food when I have just about any emotion stress, depression, anxiety, it’s just what I always reach for. In the moment I feel great cause I am enjoying something sweet. Afterwards though I feel so horrible. I feel like I have let myself down, I’m ashamed, and feel bad about myself because I wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. There has to be a better way to deal with negative feelings.
This week with all the stress I’m dealing with I decided to do some research on some alternatives to eating when it comes to emotions. I have always been an emotional eater and I’m sure it’s something that will come up over and over again throughout my weight loss journey so it seemed like a great topic to discuss.
Tips & Tricks:
Depressed & Lonely:
If you are feeling sad, depressed or lonely then it’s important to do things that will make you feel happy and included. Seek out things your truly enjoy and will make you feel happy. Reach out to support.
- Call friends or family and have a long chat
- Spend time doing a hobby that makes your happy
- Volunteer somewhere (I always feel better when I help others)
- Go to a support group meeting
- Go through memory books of happy times
- Play with your cat or dog
If you have read my previous blogs you might know that I have an anxiety disorder so this is a big one for me. It’s important to distract yourself, do some grounding exercises, and focus on what’s in your control.
- Meditate or take a yoga class
- Do something relaxing (take a hot bath, listen to music, etc)
- Find something to do to stay busy (helps to keep my mind off what is making me anxious)
- Make a list of what you have control over and brainstorm solutions
- Deep breathing & relaxation techniques
After a stressful week of taking care of kids and my husband, work, and everything else I am usually exhausted. When I’m exhausted and I get hungry I tend to just grab things without thinking. It’s important to get enough sleep, plan ahead on busy days, and spend time unwinding.
- Plan ahead and prepare snacks to have on hand when tired
- Menu planning and meal prep
- Make sure to get enough sleep
- Take a nap
- Do something relaxing and soothing (take a hot bath, read a book, etc)
Feeling stressed as I mentioned is a big issue for me. It’s important to use scheduling, destress with relaxing activities, and practice self care to reduce stress.
- Schedule (keeping a schedule so I can stay on track and not have to stress out about where I’m going to be is key)
- Do something relaxing and soothing (take a bath, read a book, listen to music, go to a spa)
- Take time for yourself (it’s ok)
- Say no if you need to
- Hobbies (do something you love)
- Ask for help
What are your tips for dealing with difficult emotions so you can stay on track with your healthy lifestyle choices?
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