Emotional Eating

It is definitely hard not to eat poorly when I feel down. This weekend was a disaster for eating, and I’m going to have to be very focused the rest of this week if I want to meet my goal. I started back on being smarter this evening for supper, and I’m trying my best to avoid snacking as I’m going to head to bed soon, but there are definitely still a lot of hurdles I’ll have to overcome if I want to keep my progress heading in the right direction.

Thankfully, despite how hard I am on many things, I can forgive myself when it comes to my eating, as I have been walking a crazy amount. Over the last week, I have spent close to eight hours walking, and I don’t dawdle.

Though I’ve heard by many people that losing weight is 75% about what and how much you eat, and only 25% about exercise. A good example to help everyone understand why that is would be to look at caloric intake versus usage for some simple things.

A 57g Snickers has 271 calories.
Thirty minutes of walking at 2.5 mph is approximately 211 calories.

Quite the difference, especially if you add in eating a bag of chips, your normal meals, and drinking high calorie drinks. The next thing you know, you need to walk eight hours a day just to balance out the excess calories you are taking in by eating junk.

The good news is that small weekly goals is definitely easier than any other method I’ve tried before and it keeps me more focused. If I could just find some better ways to deal with emotional eating, I’d be golden. But I guess that’s why they call it comfort food…

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