And that means that all the girls will go out to eat at lunch. We always go out to eat on payday! One of our favorite places is a little cafe that makes their own chips. But I am not going today. I know I can eat legally but I can already hear the chips calling my name.....
Listen....can you hear them too?
I could eat a whole basket of the salty chip yumminess. Today I want salt. And salt wants me!
I am so tired this week. I work full time and I co-teach a class. The class started this week and deals with, you guessed it, ADDICTIONS!
I am trying to take everything I am teaching and apply it to my own life and really USE the tools I know.
Tuesday night I asked them what was the benefit they received from indulging in their addiction.
They ASSURED me that they got NOTHING out of it. No Ma'am it was BAD BAD BAD!
I rolled my eyes and told them we do what we do because it DOES SOMETHING FOR US.
Everything we chose to do has a payoff...a benefit. It might last for just a little bit but it works for us.
Otherwise there would not BE addictions.
I eat for many reasons. Food comforts me. I feels up some empty place inside of me (and I am not talking about my tummy) for just a little while. It keeps me company. I could depend on it because it never let me down.
I have no problem at all eating even when I am not hungry. It's noon time? Let's eat!
I am working hard to let go of those reasons to eat and I am trying to pay attention to my food triggers. If you want to simply remember some big triggers for most people just remember the words HALTS.
Do not let yourself get too:
I am trying really hard to pay attention to WHY I want to eat right now. I already know that I am tired, lonely and stressed so I am going to keep myself out of a situation where I can just lay my face in a plate 6 inches deep of nachos.
Instead, I have packed my lunch and have some crafts to work on. I also have pretty strawberries to munch on.
What are your triggers and how do you handle them?
EDITED TO ADD: My Posse.....has decided to stay in and eat with me. I won't be alone. They ROCK!! They are some of my biggest supporters.