Since my first job 20+ years ago, I always put a lot of pressure on myself. With the desire to be perfect comes a tremendous amount of self generated pressure. When clients are angry or there are difficult co workers or mountains of work on tight deadlines; I've always resorted to medicating myself at work and home with FOOD. And as I've gone up the learning curve and gotten better at my job, the responsibilities and work load have increased...and with that so did my weight! If you did a bar chart on my work stress levels, you could probably correlate increases in clothes size and body mass and bigger butt to horrible client jobs, crazy co worker conflicts.
With the band, I can't do that anymore; I have to face these issues or PB all day! Facing things has been challenging but I have! The band has actually helped my mind. Since I can't eat, I have to deal: I have to talk things out more, negotiate more or just blow off stress and manage it better in my mind. It's been really liberating. I have to say I've been a lot more vocal at work...Not in a crazy Postal Worker Way; but I've put my foot down more about things I will and will not do: I'm much better at boundaries. I don't think anyone ever inhibited me from this but myself. But work stress and eating is something I am working on everyday.
What are the things that trigger you to eat and how do you deal with them post band?
I have to spend the day with a co worker who likes to take credit for my work and is extremely patronizing...I can't eat so hopefully I won't get physically violent. Just joking...LOL
I haven't been blogging much because I've been super busy at work but I actually lost weight versus gained...For me its as good as not gaining weight at Christmas!
Hope you are well.