Emotions and Your Weight

By Laura Kelly-Pifer

It’s time to confess!

I’m an emotional eater.  I’ve eaten when stressed, when sad, when lonely, when bored, and so on and so on.

Looking back, it was a habit I developed when I moved away from home and came to a new state not knowing anyone but my husband.  It was a hard time for me.  Even after I had my girls, I continued to turn to food to comfort me.

I can remember one night, a friend called and she asked what I was doing.  I was lying in bed, watching television, and eating a WHOLE bag of Doritos.  The kids were in their beds, Bob was at work and there I was, bored and alone.  At that time, I didn’t have a computer to get on and facebook and Twitter didn’t exist.  I also didn’t have the support system that I have in place today so my behavior continued.  And, even with all the changes that I’ve made in my life, it’s a journey that I’m still on and will be the rest of my life.  The difference though, is that I’m not turning to food like I used to.  I’ve learned to look at things differently.

You see, everyday is a journey; some days are better than others.  That’s what makes life interesting, right!?! This week, for example, I’ll say has been really interesting and I’ve been stressed.   I’ve got both my girls starting school sports; Bailey has three different practices each day while Morgan has one.  So that’s four round trips.  Yikes!  Plus, there is the time that I need to work, the housework that needs done, Doctor appointments, missing sports physical forms and the drama surrounding it, the Dog needs to go to the vet, and then all of a sudden the bottom three steps at the end of our stairway break.  Yep, they broke!  Oy!!  And, the week isn’t over.  But, when I was tempted to turn to food, I didn’t.  I had the opportunity too but instead turned to someone else for support.  I ended up calling my husband. 

So, what have I learned?  I am STRONGER than I give myself credit for and guess what?  YOU ARE TOO!  If you’re an emotional eater, like me, take a moment and give yourself credit where you are due.  I’d love it if you would share with me.

Wishing you good health!



Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!

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