Today’s been a whirlwind, to say the least! It all started with clients and client consults from 7:30 this morning until 2 PM this afternoon. Then, I recorded an interview for a fellow weight loss specialist’s summit (she’s awesome!), and then I discussed a referral program in my local area between myself and a chiropractor just up the road. Add on the fact that I’m writing this to you AFTER my Weight Loss Accountability Group group call that started at 7 PM, and you can imagine that it’s been one heck of a day!
Now then, one of the things I really touched on during my summit interview earlier was emotional eating – More specifically, how to stop it in its tracks! We all have vices: For some, it’s alcohol. For others, it’s cigarettes. For others, it’s ‘hard’ drugs like cocaine or heroin. For others, it’s sex. But for most, it’s eating crappy foods…
It’s called ‘comfort food’ for a reason, folks! Foods high in grains, in processed chemicals, and in sugar trigger dopamine (aka the pleasure hormone) in our brains. In fact, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine, and it lights our brains up like Christmas trees! (Like that pun there? You know, given that it’s the holiday season and all that… 😉 )
Real quick personal story that I also shared in my summit interview: When I was a kid, I HATED physical activity. Despite my parents’ best efforts, I REFUSED to play sports. One of my earliest and most vivid memories was being carried off of a Little League practice field because I was throwing a temper-tantrum about how I didn’t want to be there. After this, my childhood consisted of watching movies and television shows, surfing the web on our AOL dial-up modem (remember that awful shit?!), and playing video games. As a result, I put on a great deal of weight, which my classmates and camp ‘buddies’ used to their advantage to slight me every chance they got.
Not a day went by between the ages of eight and 12 where AT LEAST one kid didn’t call me a ‘fat ass’ or a ‘slow piece of shit’ in school or at camp. My coping mechanism? Going into the kitchen when I got home, raiding the freezer for the Breyer’s vanilla bean ice cream, grabbing the 2% milk out of the fridge, and making anywhere from 1-3 milkshakes (the number went up depending on how crappy the day). I also had a similar late-night snack before bed in order to cope with the fact that I had to wake up and go to school with those same asshole kids the next day…
It wasn’t until my ‘famous’ pediatrician visit entering junior-high school that I woke up and decided to take action on my issues. Long story short, after going through all the steps of my annual physical, my doctor sat me down in front of my dad, told me that I was getting fat, and asked me if I wanted to have bigger boobs than the girls in school? This led to a day or so of self-pity, and then a realization that if I wanted to ‘beat’ the condescending kids at school, then I’d need to get active. Thus began my weight loss journey at the ripe ol’ age of 12…
To that point, here’s an exercise I have my private clients go through when they’re trying to discern why they emotionally eat: Before you stuff your face or down a bottle of some unsavory food or drink, who or what are you thinking about? Who or what do you feel you need this temporary escape from, knowing full well that it ain’t helping either your health or your weight?
In most instances, the culprit is either a person, a group of people, or a situation that’s either unresolved, or out of your control. It causes you anxiety, and sometimes even depressive tendencies…
If it’s an unresolved issue, here’s a novel tip that may help the insane urge to binge-drink or binge-eat: Resolve the issue!
This can happen by having a discussion with the person(s) causing you the anxiety, or in your sitting down and mapping out how you’re going to resolve the situation that’s making you uncomfortable. It requires acknowledgement of the issue(s) at hand, putting on your big boy or big girl pants, and critically thinking and taking action on putting it to bed. Trust me: Once that’s done, overcoming any physical addiction(s) you have to these foods or beverages will be a piece of cake (I’m EN FUEGO with the puns today!!!)!
If it’s something you have absolutely no control over, you have to submit to it. I’m certainly not a quitter (it took me FIVE YEARS to lose the 100 lbs I lost!), but sometimes life simply sucks. A loved one is taken away from us too soon or unexpectedly. We got laid off, and didn’t exactly have five or six figures saved up to handle this temporary setback. Whatever the case may be, there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. The past is in the past. What you CAN (and SHOULD) do is take responsibility for your actions. Only you control how you react and adapt to the curveballs that life throws us. You can either take it for Strike 3 (God, I love baseball analogies!), or you can pick your elbow up, lock in on the pitch, and hit it out of the park!
The choice is your’s. Choose wisely 😉
P.S. As I’ve been mentioning, I just opened up a NEW group on Facebook. This is piggybacking off the Holiday Jump Start Program I did for the past eight weeks, and is something that many of the group members wanted to continue going into the future!
This group provides members with daily accountability, a weekly group call specific to the members and their questions, and a lifetime’s worth of mindset shifts and lifestyle changes via both my coaching and my materials on fitness, mindset, and nutrition. It’s BY FAR the most affordable program I’ve offered to date, and may be just what you need to kick yourself into gear with the Holiday Season in full swing.
To learn more, and to join us, please go to www.weightlossbypete.com/group. Hope to see you on the inside! 😉