With the world on lockdown for us in the United States eating healthy has become almost insane. As we sit by the internet, television, or radio we are inundated with bad news. So, what are we to do?
My first suggestion is to obey are leaders who are calling us to stay home. As an immuno-compromised person, let me tell you, the importance of everyone staying home could be lifesaving to me and my best friend. If you don’t, if we catch the virus we can easily die. So please, stay home.
But, how do we lose weight if we are cooped up in the house. Let me be the first to tell you, I am struggling with this myself. In the past two weeks I have gained .6 lbs. I know that is not much, but to me it is. It is a realization that I KNOW I have not done what I should. I have gained it because while trying to preoccupy my time, I forget to eat. Then I gorge on food I know I shouldn’t be eating just to get my points in. Having the hubby run to Taco Bell because the only thing I have eaten all day is a banana and it is 4 p.m. I get it.
For others this time has led to boredom. It has lead to grazing because you are tired of watching Netflix and Hulu. You are probably at this point tired of seeing some of your family members and no one else. Or, you are home alone without any contact with anyone else, so that loneliness is feeding the grazing. Again, I get it. I did that for a number of years while my husband was an over the road truck driver.
We feed our emotions. We do. There is no way around that. The question is what are we going to do to feed our emotions? And how do we change from feeding our emotions with food? Let me say this, it can be done. We can change the way we look at food and stop the emotional eating. It is extremely hard. It’s not an easy process. But, you can do it.
- We need to acknowledge that when we eat why we are eating. Weight Watchers taught me this. Write down what you are feeling when you eat. Write a blog, journal, or just put an emoji on it. When you look back at the end of the day, you will see that you may be emotionally eating.
- Get rid of the junk in our houses. Don’t leave easy opportunities to fail with junk. NO, I am not advocating throwing out food. But, as you use the junk, replace it with the good stuff. Replace the three bags of potato chips with apples, granola, or yogurt.
- Journal your life. What I mean by this is every time something goes on write it down. So when that best friend says something hurting, write it down. When the husband is 5 hours late, write it down. But do it BEFORE you eat. You will find that by writing your life down, you will be less emotional. Sometimes it is just an outlet you need for those feelings of frustration to disappear.
- Find something to do. I started an online business. It may not be for everyone, but it works for me. Get out and walk around the neighborhood (maintaining social distancing restrictions). Start a project. Learn a new skill. This is a perfect time if you wanted to learn to knit or crochet.
- Make time for yourself. Go sit in the bubble bath for an hour. Go listen to your music. Find time to be by yourself. Without that time, you will go insane. Let the hubby watch the kids for 30 minutes and reclaim that time for yourself.
- Now this is my crutch. Since I have started my business I am working sometimes 12-16 hour days. But, it’s not good for me. I need to be up and moving and stretching those legs God gave me. Develop a workout routine for yourself. There are a ton of free online resources right now for that. Find one and enjoy it.
- Set an action plan (again, learned this one really well from Weight Watchers). By setting an action plan you commit to it. But, WRITE IT DOWN. The more you write down that action plan, the better you will be.
So, since I can’t preach doing something if I don’t do it. Here it goes, here is my action plan for the week.
I am going to get up, grab a piece of fruit because I am going to need to replenish me, and then work out. I am committing to doing this 3-4 times this week. I will then sit down and eat breakfast before I go to work.
I am also committing to set my alarm so I don’t forget that all important eating. I am also going to plan out my day the night before. Come lunch time I am not fishing around in my fridge to try and come up with something to eat.
What are your action plans this week? I would love to hear them. Write them in the comments and lets see if we can inspire one another this week.