A weight loss journey is a lot like a game of baseball. You never know what kind of pitch will come your way. It could be anything that could cause you to strike out; from no weight loss, to dealing with a family problem that turns into a stumbling block. But I've also found how we respond to a "strike out" determines future success along our journey.
For me, a fast pitch that leads to a strike usually means I'm turning to food to soothe my soul. That's because, simply put, I'm an emotional eater - a foodie. But I'm trying to slowly change my ways and find new ones to deal with the emotional baggage. I'm tired of turning to food as therapy.
It took an epiphany over the weekend to truly open my eyes to the real reasons why I turn to food.
It was the comment that I made to my husband, "I don't want to talk about it," that was the turning point for me. That's my easy way out from dealing with whatever it is I need to face. But then it dawned on me, it's the real reason why I throw myself into cakes, cookies, chocolate, or anything I can get my hands onto. Instead of dealing with the problem a piece of food knows exactly how I feel without any explanation. I don't have to explain or listen to its side of the story or ask for feedback. Instead food just satisfies the immediate need to remove myself from the situation.
Now that I can identify "why I turn to food" I can find a better way to handle it in the near future. That means turning my attention to something else. I think it's a good time to get a puppy, learn to write in a journal, or run around the block to find whatever it takes to avoid the pantry and my big mouth.
I'm down 21 pounds on my journey to lose 100 pounds. There's much more on my way to living a life free of weight bondage.
Now I think that's a home run in my book.