I had gotten up early to pack. My best friend wanted to have 1 last chance to go to breakfast before I left.
It had been a whirlwind trip, visiting friends and my old stomping grounds where I lived, worked and went to school for nearly 8 years.
Lots of memories there.
Did I say I was tired?
I ordered a bagel – not because I was hungry, but because I was tired. Normally, I can resist this type of conditioning and find something better to do than eat, but at the airport, there weren’t too many options.
I was too tired to read. I could have dug into my bag for some headphones and my ipod.
But that would have taken effort.
And I was tired.
So I ordered a bagel.
I even TOLD myself I had already eaten, but logic rarely works.
I KNEW I wasn’t hungry, and I had that familiar over-full feeling from eating . . . when eating wasn’t what I needed.
No . . . I’m not perfect.
But it’s been many years since eating was my answer to
everything . . .
Normally I can observe what’s happening, notice that I am being *triggered* and sidestep an emotional eating response.
Not that day . . . . What’s different now is that there’s really no judgment attached to it. So I can get right back on track.
There’s no “I’ve already blown it, so I may as well keep going.”
If anything, I can observe myself falling into a silly old pattern and smile, knowing this would not be my choice under normal circumstances.
For me, it’s not a slippery slope, just a temporary lapse . . .
How did I get to this point?
It’s definitely a process . . .
Lots of self-observation, and learning to manage feelings, including fatigue.
Fatigue is the toughest one, because I am often in situations where I can’t get what I need most – SLEEP!
You can start there – observe yourself and your triggers.
Are you medicating your fatigue with carbohydrates?
Is eating your answer to everything?
One of my coaching clients said – “I eat for every emotion I’ve ever had!”
Just observe . . . no judgment, no guilt.
Stay with your feelings.
Notice the triggers and your reactions to them.
Those are the initial steps it takes to make a shift in these patterns.
In the meantime, I already have my strategy planned for the next time that I feel that overwhelming fatigue 🙂
And 1 more thing . . .
KNOW that a change is possible . . . and doable.
Other people have done it. You can too.
It’s my life’s work to help you get there.
This includes a free coaching session to get you started:
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