Pep Talk Tuesday, October 22nd

WooHoo!  We made it to Tuesday friends, so Happy Tuesday!  Okay, I was going to talk about the WW topic this week of eating the rainbow, but I'm in several WW based groups on FB and I've seen multiple people posting about binge eating.  So, the WW topic of eating the rainbow has been postponed for another day.  Seriously, y'all this is an important message that we all need to hear.  

First off, let's talk about the definition of the word "binge".  I used Merriam Webster's web page to look it up so I could include it here:

1a: a drunken revel : SPREE

b: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence
a buying binge

c: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food)
went on an eating binge binge drinking

2: a social gathering : PARTY

Here's the thing, I have experienced 1c before and, speaking only for myself, it can be very scary.  It was like something invaded my body and took control.  For me, and I know it's not that way for everyone, it is generally one specific food, not all foods.  My last binge eating was with E.L. Fudge cookies.  I bought them and brought them to work thinking I could restrain myself.  The next thing I knew I was throwing the package in the trash.  It can be very scary when that happens.  But here's something to remember:

IT'S OKAY!  None of us are perfect, we can have the best laid plans and it may not workout exactly that way.  That candy may be a trigger. That package of cookies may be your trigger.  Your mood may be a trigger.  Someone's comment may be a trigger. Those crackers may be a trigger.  If it's a trigger, you may want to remove it from your area (home, office, car, etc.).  I know it isn't always that easy.  Sometimes you think that you can "handle" whatever food it is, and then it turns out that you can't.  Sometimes it's a day by day thing.  Seriously, IT'S OKAY.  You can't change the past.  Stop, focus on what you did and, the even bigger question, why you did it.  If you can figure those things out, it can very possibly keep you from doing exactly the same next time.  Figuring these things out can sometimes take a lot of time, but YOU ARE WORTH IT!

It won't always necessarily be a trigger food.  There are things that I could not have in the house years ago that I can now.  For me, years ago, it was Cheez-Its.  They spurred me to eat until I was miserable.  Also, it will take time to learn to feel your feelings, not eat them, especially if you are an emotional eater.  I grew up an emotional eater.  I ate when I was happy or sad or depressed or excited.  We are all works in progress.  One binge or even two is not the end of the world.  Quite honestly a day of binge eating isn't the end of the world, especially when we figure out what caused it.  We'll get past those situations and work through the problem that brought it on, but we cannot live where we continue to binge.  You cannot change nothing about your mindset or your attitude and expect things to change.  

At the end of the day, YOU are important.  You are going to do this, one meal, one snack, one workout at a time.  You can be transformed into a healthier version of you.  There are just so many parts to this weight loss journey that we don't think about in the beginning.  We just think "I want to lose weight!" and that's a great place to start but it isn't always as simple as making that decision.  We have to continue to make that decision everyday, with every meal.  Just like with a relationship with a friend or a significant other, it takes work.  This IS a relationship, it's just a relationship with you.  

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