Overeating To Fill A Void

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I need to lose weight — at least 50 pounds — but I just can’t bring myself to make the changes. I think that because of the disappointment in other areas of my life, I overeat to make myself feel better. My job is very dull, but with this economy, I don’t think I can quit. I’m divorced and alone after a 30-year marriage, and my kids are grown and gone. The feeling I get is, “Well, since my job isn’t fulfilling and I’m alone, I deserve to eat something tasty and at least get satisfaction from something.” I eat everything I want to eat, no matter the calories, fat, whatever, because I’m not getting anything else from life right now. What should I do to overcome this?

A:  A favorite tool I use with my health-coaching clients is a “future life” exercise where you set aside 20 to 30 minutes — or more, if you like — and take the time to really picture what your life could be like three months and then 12 months in the future. My clients find this can really help them to get un-stuck when they find themselves in a rut.Start by taking a moment to pause, breathe deeply, and focus your attention away from the things that aren’t and toward the things that might be. In other words, prepare to focus on the positive. Next, spend five minutes letting your imagination run wild and think of anything that might make your life better. Do this without restriction — don’t editorialize or even think about how you will pull it off. Dare to dream! That is the warm-up.

Now your mind is energized and ready to get to work. The next step is to pick up a pen and paper and write your own story….To read the rest of the answer, click here!


November 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips.

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