According to the weather report, it didn't get above 13 degrees today, and at 7AM tomorrow, when I wake up, it will be 3 degrees. When did I move to the Artic???
Today, I read a post on my health and fitness board about emotional eating. This is a touchy subject for me, especially since I *think* I am an emotional eater. Granted, sometimes I think I eat because I'm bored. For instance, if I buy a bag of chips or cheetos (a big weakness of mine!!), I will easily eat the whole bag in a matter of days. The ironic thing is that in buying that bag of cheetos at the store, I will make a mental note that they are "natural" and that in one serving, I should only have 27 cheetos. Then, I'll go home and eat half of the bag. Argh.
Recently, I bought a tray of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. There were six of them in the tray. Twice, I ate two of them in one night. Why? Was I upset? No. Was I hungry? Not particularly. Was I bored? Probably.... and I recognize this is a problem. It's especially a problem when I have a refrigerator FULL of healthy alternatives, like oranges, pickles, carrots, grapes, or even sugar free Jello.
I've come to the conclusion that I need to treat myself like any addict and cut myself off cold turkey. Compulsive eating is like smoking... if you're trying to quit, keeping a pack of "lites" around the house for the occasional smoke isn't going to help you quit. Instead, you'll find yourself lighting up more, because you're rationalizing that because they are "lites" it's okay for you to smoke them. Just like it's not okay to have two Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches because it says "Skinny Cow" on the label.
This week, I'm sticking to healthy alternatives. If I'm going to have a treat (which I'm planning on doing on Tuesday night when I go to a job-related dinner), I'll enjoy it there, away from my house, which is a bad-snack free zone :)