Yesterday was my day off and I had lots of errands and housework to get caught up on. By the end of the night, I had this terrible craving for potato chips. I opened up the pantry and grabbed the bag. I stood there and made a deal with myself. If I took 20 minutes to do some stretches and then still wanted the chips, then I could have some.
So I got on the floor and did the stretches. For all of you that have cats, you know that as soon as you get on the floor, they think it’s an invitation for attention. After the stretches, I loved on my fur babies and noticed that my eyes were heavy & I was feeling sleepy.
I got up, took care of the pets and took my ass to bed.
By journaling I know that one of my biggest triggers for overeating is being tired. Since I took the time to sit with the emotion of wanting the chips, I was able to recognize the tired feeling and not act on the food craving.
So my 2 pieces of advice are:
- When you have an urge for a specific food, like potato chips, you are not hungry. It’s emotional hunger and not physical. By giving myself that 20 minutes, I was able to see that I was tired and not hungry.
- Before journaling I would have said fuck it and ate that bag of chips and then moved onto honey buns and ice cream. Because I have taken the time to write out my thoughts and feelings around previous overeats, I have learned what thoughts lead me there. Now I can usually squash the bullshit ones.
Hope this helps you if you’re a late night eater. Journal, journal, journal. Write out your thoughts and feelings. It helps to get them out of your head and onto paper. It’s so much easier to call bullshit on yourself when you see it written down.
Tomorrow I’m starting to journal in my new journal. I’m so excited to do this. I’ll give you an update to show you what I’ve created. Plus I’m working on another with a more general cover for those that don’t want my face on your journal.
Have a great night! Until next time.