Post # 1
Lately I’ve been stress eating and I’m having a hard time controlling it. I can’t even say exactly what is stressing me out. Overall I enjoy my job and my relationship is great. I use to go to the gym 3+ days a week and now it’s like I can’t be bothered to go at the end of the day. Plus now that I put on weight I’m uncomfortable going. I normally eat pretty well with a balance of healthy and junk but now I can’t stop over eating. Even healthy food I eat a ton of. It’s like the more I know I need to stop the more I eat. I drink a ton of water to help try and curb my appetite. Like 3L or more a day. What do you do to help you stay on track and eat healthy and stay full?
Post # 2
For me it was having to buy pants a size or two larger than my comfort zone. I also stress eat and for a while I was totally out of control over the summer. A truthful look into my mirror and photos made me realize if I didn’t get it under control I would have to buy a whole new wardrobe. And I had a much greater chance of developing health issues. I was told by my dr. I was pre-diabetic. So that was a big motivator.
Regarding the gym: I go 4-5 times a week. I’m not crazy about it, but it’s in my schedule as a non-negotiable. Sometimes I’m tempted to skip and take a nap, but I stick to the routine because I like the results.
And believe me, the older you get the harder it is to lose the weight.
Post # 3
I’m with you. I definitely stress eat. I exercise a ton, but need to get a handle on my eating and am looking forward to other people’s tips.
For exercising, a routine is what keeps me on track. I do certain things I certain days of the week at specific times. If something absolutely prevents me from sticking to my schedule, I plan days in advance how I’ll make it up. Of course things come up, but I try to stick to my schedule and schedule things for times when my fiance is busy anyway. What about switching to a morning workout? Or grabbing a coffee with friends but walking and talking?
The exercise should also help with the stress.
You can do it!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull
I am AWFUL for stress eating. And emotional eating. And period eating… you get the point!
To stay on track, I write everything down. I’m less likely to eat the tub of Ben & Jerry’s if I know I have to write it down.
I like to allow myself a little of what I like but not go crazy with it.
You say you’re over eating – are you hungry when you eat? If you are, you may like to look at what you’re filling your body with.
I follow a food plan that allows me to eat plenty of rice/pasta/potatoes etc alongside lean protein and veggies as that fills you up. If I’m hungry, I ask myself if I want a yoghurt. If it’s a no, then I’m not hungry so I make a cup of hot tea to soothe my sweet craving.
Do keep up with the gym though, I know it can suck but it’s good for you in general not just for weightloss
Post # 5
I do feel like the older I get the harder it is to lose weight. The small changes that would work for me before aren’t doing anything now. To drop weight quick I would add a salad to my lunch and dinner and that alone would make be drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Now it doesn’t help as much.
I do have a problem with my weight fluctuating. I’m 5’1 and in winter of 2014 I was 128ish. Summer 2015 went up to 150. Got pregnant and since I was already overweight I only gained 10 pounds so I was 160 at 9 months pregnant. Spring 2016 I had the baby and a week later I dropped down to 135. Now I’m back up again to 150. Which is way to large for my frame.
It’s like thinking about my weight is causing me stress and I eat.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
When my stress eating gets out of control I start drinking lemon water. I’m not sure why, but it helps!
Post # 7
I can’t go to the gym in the morning because I have two little guys and my SO leave the house at 5:30am to go to work. There is no way in hell I’m getting up at 3:30/4am to work out haha I was thinking of maybe doing yoga early in the morning before my boys wakeup. Then doing strength training in the evening on set days.
Post # 8
Track all your calories! I’m one for playing mind games with myself. I track everything I eat (that I can or can get as close to i.e. Eating out) on myfitnesspal, I weigh myself every morning, I work out as soon as I get home and changed. It’s myself keeping myself accountable and in check. I’m naturally thin but I’m really trying to tone up and lean out, and be overall healthy so it still helps me. I’ve heard a craving for something bad lasts only 30-60 seconds so when you have a craving occupy your time with something else and it should go away!
Post # 9
When I get those cravings it’s like im starving and I can eat everything in front of me. Even though I ate something an hour before. I make a lot of soup and I plan to only have one serving but I end up eating two. With tons of bread. I’ll eat yogurt and then add fruit. And more fruit. Maybe I’ll try using my fitness pal again so all the calories are put in front of me.
I actually really enjoy going to the gym but it’s hard to get the motivation to go some days because I don’t drive. If I take the bus it’s a 30 minute ride and if I walk it takes an hour. I hate the cold so the at thought of going outside I’m just like nah when it’s nicer.
Post # 10
I had looked at getting a container to start fruit infused water. I have heard that helps but I thought it was more for people who don’t like water. I love water and drink a ton already. Maybe I’ll still try it. Can’t hurt.
Post # 11
I just love to snack and munch. I can leave a bag of chips and salsa out or pretzel and hummus and just eat it all day. I could seriously go through a Costco sized 2 lb bag in like a week. And now it shows so the solution for me has just been to not buy it. Don’t buy it. Don’t eat it. Just stop. There isn’t really tricks or tips that I found helpful other than to stop cold turkey. If I let myself have a little, then a little becomes a little more and a little more and I’m just out of control again cause the calories add up faster than I can work them off.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I felt the same way before I tried this trick. For some reason it tricks my brain into thinking I am having something ‘posh’ and ‘decedent’…plus it curbes my appetite to a degree.
Post # 13
I find that tracking all my calories helps prevent over eating. For me having to input the calories of everything I eat makes me more conscious about what I’m eating and it’s easier to make the choice not to eat more or to eat less of something when I can see how many calories I’m eating.
You can also workout at home. I have a subscription to Daily Burn and I love it because I get new workouts every day and I don’t have to go to the gym. It’s too easy to talk myself out of working out when I have to go to the gym to do it. It’s hard to justify skipping a workout when all i have to do is stay home and hit play.
Post # 14
milksteak : It’s like the more I know I need to stop the more I eat.
Humans are naturually rebellious by nature, so if you tell yourself you can’t have something you’ll probably want it more! I’m definitely guilty of this. I was following a certain diet and exercise plan and always fell off the wagon and ended up eating junk food etc, things I “couldn’t have.” Now I try to tell myself I can have any foods I want whether it be junk or fast food but I choose not to have it. Sometimes changing the mindset can help. Hot and Healthy Habits has helped me out a lot with this (they have a blog and an ecourse but the ecourse is only available at certain times.) I also try to keep up with my workouts but I just do videos on youtube like Yoga with Adriene, JessicaSmithTV, Tone It Up, Blogilates, Daily Burn, etc… I stress eat but also bored eat so I try to do something else instead like read, clean, anything to keep my mind off of it.
Post # 15
I’m also one of those who eat more when stressed, sad or just bored. Fortunately never gained a ton of weight by doing it, but it’s unhealthy and I once gained about 10 pounds in less than six months.
For me, the best way to avoid stress eating is to keep myself busy and happy. Like I try to focus on work, read a book, run some errands, get my nails done, hang out with friends etc, and happiness is also very important. When I’m depressed, I definitely eat more, and more junk food. Also, sports helps a lot. When I do sports, I automatically crave healthier food and eat better.