Fun thing–this month begins a new challenge called Write 31 Days. All over this great nation, and possibly the world, bloggers everywhere are starting their series on numerous topics. Mine: 31 Days to Stop Binge-Eating.
Binge-eating is a symptom of other issues. Like stress. As I was researching my Meyers Briggs personality (INFJ), I found out that my personality type tends to self-destruct under stress using the “sensing” aspect…typically overeating. It reminded me of a time during a book deadline when Justin remarked, “I have never seen you snack so much.” UGH. I hated those words…still do, but it’s true. I mean, I drank five Tervis cups of water yesterday, but I also sucked down a donut.
Okay, it was an eclair.
Okay, it was two eclairs.
Some days I forget to eat lunch (bad for metabolism) but I’ll definitely make up for it with dinner. My husband and I constantly say that we do great on our meals all day but when it comes time to unwind at the end of the day, I reward myself with food.
This is a cycle that has to stop.
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Why is this a problem?
- I prefer to have a cheat meal EVERY day.
- You don’t lose weight by NOT eating the cake. Eat it – gain. Don’t eat – 5 pounds fall off.
- Food is addicting.
- Stress-eating is a real thing.
- Bad habits.
- Gluttonous tendencies.
- I’m short so EVERY pound shows.
- I still think I’m a size six in my head. Then I look in the mirror.
What to Do
I’ve done a lot of diets. One of them actually worked really well…until I stopped the diet and started eating pizza. That was fun. My latest weight gain upheaval was during the year that our world was rocked in every which way possible.
I’ve identified the time I binge (usually late afternoons and evenings) and the why (it’s a reward). The frustrating part of that while I feel organized and disciplined in so many areas of my life, controlling food feels like the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
I don’t want to control anything else.
I don’t want to be responsible for one more thing. It’s like I can’t handle it which is ridiculous. How hard is it to put healthy food into your gullet?
I know I’m not the only one who deals with these issues. I don’t know if these next 31 days are going to change anything for me, but I hope this provides a bit of accountability.
Will I succeed? Will I fail? Honestly, I have no clue. In fact, as I was coming up with my topic at 11:30 PM, I was texting my siblings and eating terrible delicious junk.
We can cover a lot of ground these next thirty days. We can talk about diets or lack of, which exercise programs actually work and which are money-sucks. I can share my ups-and-downs, which is always a good time. I will conquer this.
Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I got my husband to agree to signing me up for a gym membership. I’m SUPER excited about it, actually. When we were in Mississippi, Justin and I were lifting almost every day and I was deadlifting 95 pounds. #Gainz #GirlsWhoLift #SuperProudOfMe
I’m excited to write for the next thirty days…thanks for joining me. If I fail, shove a cup of ice water in front of my face and tell me it’s Diet Pepsi. I’ll pretend to enjoy it.
[reminder]Do you binge? Have any secret vices or tips?[/reminder]
“Shove a cup of ice cold water in front of my face and tell me it’s Diet Pepsi.” I love that line. I need that line. Can I change it though? Pretend it’s Pepsi or sweet tea? I’m looking forward to following along with you. 🙂
Absolutely! Change it to whatever you need to!!! Glad to have you on the journey! We’ll see where it takes us!
I am the same with thinking I am a size 6 in my head!!! I am literally shocked every single time I see a photo of myself. Crazy. Most people seem to have the opposite problem lol. You might like this post as you work on this change, I sure did. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/lifestyles/ct-oak-mama-move-tl-0908-20160831-column.html
Oh, wow. this is so me. Right down to the INFJ part! I so relate to all of this. Only when I justify my going off my eating plan, it’s not a reward. I haven’t done anything lately to be rewarded for. It’s totally comfort food. A consolation prize to make up for all the crap I’m dealing with right now. Only half my crap would probably go away if I’d take better care of myself.
Totally on board with you, girl. Let’s do this.
YES! I love meeting other INFJs!! We got this!
Hey Bethany! So excited to see you cover this topic. As an INFJ, I also struggle with binge eating. Mostly from stress, but on rare occasions, just from boredom. As a diabetic, this is a doubly bad habit. Thank you for embarking on this journey–and I look forward to sharing and trudging along with you!
Cheers to more INFJ friends!!!! We’re so in this together, Ralene!!!!