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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hold the freakin' presses!

Here I go with a quick and dirty (who came up with that saying?) post about my health and weight loss. On the health front, I am feeling semi okay. My body is trying to adjust to a medication that the rhuematologist took me off of. Her theory is that since I've been on it so long it may be causing the numbness, tingling and cold feelings in my lower legs. Not too surprising since that's what the caregivers in the pain clinic suspected she would do. To me it seems like the pain is getting worse as a result, but I'm going to try to hold out the three months she said it would take to know for sure.

They're backed up in the hemotology clinic so I haven't had that appointment yet. And excitement of all excitements is my liver biopsy tomorrow. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic! LOL.) I'm a little anxious about it. I guess there are some people out there that wouldn't be, but yippee for them for being so perfect. (LMAO! I had to laugh at my own sarcasm that time.) Although I'm not dreading it and am glad to get it out of the way; it is an invasive procedure so any normal person should feel a little catch in their heart. See, I'm normal.


Now, concerning these presses that need to be held! What is up with my eating and my weight? I'll tell you what's up with it: It's creeping up and food is just finding its way into my mouth. Mysteriously.

(Yes, I laughed.)

I've never been one to give into emotional eating (at least not so frequently), but I've gotten ridiculous.

Before I get more into that, let me share what Heather Hatfield at WebMD wrote about the subject:
When you're happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you're sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you're bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs -- it also satisfies feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food when your stomach isn't growling, that's emotional eating.

"Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger," says Jane Jakubczak, a registered dietitian at the University of Maryland. "Instead of the physical symptom of hunger initiating the eating, an emotion triggers the eating."

How many of us think about that before we pop something into our mouths? I'm a very conscious eater as is obvious in my recognition that I'm doing it. Now we have to find out how to stop it. Yes, I said "we."

There have been numorous articles written and television shows based on emotional eating, and some actually address what we do to stop. For many individuals it's a difficult process and I don't want to get to the point where it's difficult for me. I need to discover and address whatever is prompting me to eat. I think on some level I know what it is: When it's a situation that I feel like I have no control over and that's making me upset or unhappy then I want a snack. A big snack!

Let's review the most recent situation: Not feeling comfortable that my arrangements are solidified for my ride to and from the hospital tomorrow. I had four options (folks on call/stand by) and it seems like they've fallen through. It's the afternoon before and I would just like to know that I'll have the comfort of someone being there with me.

I'll be taking Naturi Beauty's advice and envision what I want/need, and I am hoping that makes a difference in my anxiety level. I didn't want to have to worry about my transportation then I could just concentrate on relaxing while getting ready for the procedure. I could remind myself that it's fairly routine, that something going wrong is rare and that everything will be okay. Anything they discover will be great because then I'll have an answer to what's going on with my liver. Once I think about all of that then I can just be nervous about the gigantic needle I'm picturing they're going to numb the area with and be relieved when it turns out to be small.

See how the transportation thing is interfering with my process?

That did nothing to solve the emotional eating problem though, did it? Well, I get it's all about relinquishing control. Sure, I can do that. ( Yup, that was sarcasm again! :] )

All I know is that the little bit of extra room that was in my jeans is no longer there so girlfriend - meaning me! - has got to get back on the bandwagon! With.a.quickness!

1 comment

  1. Petula, I have been thinking of you, and I hope all goes well with the biopsy tomorrow. I would be nervous too! Please keep us updated on how things go, and I hope you get some answers from all of this. Just knowing what is going on can so helpful. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ((hugs))



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