A B C D….come on….sing it with me…X Y Z la la la

Guess what friends?  This is not my first rodeo eh, er, blog 🙂  You see, I’ve tried to do this blog-about-weight-loss-and-fitness-thing before.  My first attempt was most successful, but my neurotic side (which you will read about shortly) got all uptight one night and deleted the whole thing.  Much to my chagrin (yes I learned that word in Freshman English class–thank you Mr. Webb–and now I feel all fancy when I use it).  Then I tried a blog with two friends and it was short-lived.  Then I tried two other blogs, which are still active but I don’t post in either often enough to mention.

In one of those blogs I started to do a series I called the A, B, C’s of Fitness.  It, like many of my fitness attempts, was short lived.  I think I made it through D.  So, I’m going to revive it here.  I may or may not use some of the same posts.  I’ll have to see how it goes as I go along.  I am going to use the same A post, so here is the “A is for Anxiety” post that was originally penned a few years back.  Hmm…..I wonder what B should be for.

I look forward to your input if you have great ideas on dealing with anxiety-related eating.  Ciao!

A is for Anxiety

Did anyone guess that A would be for Anxiety?  Hmmm…   It was in a pretty stiff competition with Accountability and Attitude, but for some reason I felt that Anxiety is what I need to talk about tonight.

Hi.  I’m Teresa and I’m a Nervous Nellie.  Yes, sometimes I feel like I need a support group for this particular neurosis.  I’m not anxious all the time.  However, it frequently sneaks up on me when I’m not paying attention and before I know it everything I do is overshadowed by that nail-biting nincompoop.

You may be wondering how anxiety fits into the ABC’s of my health and fitness.  Well, let me tell you. When I’m anxious I eat.  Even when I’m not hungry.  Even if I just ate two minutes ago.  And….the less healthy, the better it seems to sooth my nerves.  Why is that?

One of the difficult things about treating my anxiety with food is that I’m almost oblivious to the fact that I’m doing it.  I have to be very deliberate about the food I have available or I just go nuts.

I know that I could find much better ways to cope with anxiety.  Meditation.  Exercise.  Talking to someone about what is causing me worry.  The goal for the next few weeks is to recognize when I’m being driven to food by nerves and identify an alternative way to deal with the anxiety–preferably one that will further my health and fitness goals rather than detract from it.

Do any of you deal with anxiety?

What are your coping methods?

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