Alan Foster writes: After reading fellow blogger Muriel’s entry this week, I feel compelled to reach out to her and offer some support. She mentions how some unexpected life issues have thrown her a curve and how it hampers her efforts to control her “emotional” eating.
Muriel, a little over 2 years ago, I lost my grandmother and father within a 4-month period. Along with ongoing work and personal issues, I abandoned a successful lifestyle of sensible eating and routine exercise. It took a while, but I realized that “emotional eating” and lack of exercise was exacerbating my life issues. It’s hard to get through emotional struggles when you feed your body with “comfort” foods and do nothing to keep moving. I also realized that allowing my negative life events to stand in the way of taking care of myself was allowing those events to win and hamper the chance for any positive events to come my way again. I’m still working on the weight gained from that period of poor eating but my life, my career, and my family is as happy and promising as ever.
It’s no secret that life will, as Muriel puts it, throw us a curve sometimes. But, here’s what I know – if you stop swinging, you’ll never get a hit; if you keep swinging, you’ll eventually make solid contact. Muriel, here’s to a grand slam!