I've always known that I was an emotional eater, not to say that I have solved this problem, but I am aware of it and that is a start.
I am also aware of many of the emotions that trigger me to eat. They include, but are not limited to anger, stress, sadness and happiness.
Today though, I have been confronted with an emotion that I have not previously given much towards, boredom.
I have taken the last couple of days off of work in an effort to reduce my saved overtime and to do some organization around the house.
I have made good use of my time off and have gone to the gym daily. However being off for 3 days in addition to have last week off has started to have an impact.
Lets face it, today I am bored. I had a ton of things planned to do today, but I over estimated significantly how much time these tasks would take. I am now faced with a few hours of free time and I'm not sure how to fill them, actually I know exactly how to fill them, but I am trying to come up with options that don't involve 10 000 calories.
I really never realized before how powerful boredom can be. My first line of defense against this creeping feeling was to write, its keeps my attention focused and my hands busy, but unless I am going to a 10 page blog post (none of you have the time to read that) I am going to have to come up with another plan.
I thought about going to a movie, but the theatre in my city does not have matinee during the week and I don't have time to drive to the theatre 30 minutes way.
In addition to writing this for something to do, I do have a point.
It can be really easy to go through our days and our weeks without being aware of whats going on around us and how it impacts our choices. I could have easily started eating and watching tv and then would have probably been surprised when I did not have success at the scale next week.
Everyone have a good weekend.