I went back to the occupational therapist on Friday morning for my weigh in and official session #5. The weigh in results were a 0.2lb loss. I will take it. This was my "off" week and learned that I can maintain on my own, without tracking, food logging, etc. Official weigh in : 332
The therapist wanted to talk about emotional eating this week. She had me fill out a survey of about 30 circumstances of when/why I would eat. I had to rate each statement with a Frequent, Occasionally, or Never. I had a good 50/50 ratio on the frequent and occasional questions and a solid 5 or so on the never categories. (I will get a copy of the questions/statements from her at my next visit and will share with you all.)
Afterward, we went through each one and she had me explain a bit about my answer. The biggest issues for me were eating when I was stressed, anxious or unhappy. (Who doesn't?) Those are the three major issues we will review and tackle going forward. She found it interesting that I would have to go out of my way to eat those foods I crave when I am upset or needing comfort. I don't keep them in the house and would have to go out to eat to find them. Which lead onto a path about my eating out all the time. I had a bit of a revelation about this subject.
I never really questioned why I went out to eat, other than I was tired and didn't feel like cooking or cleaning up afterwards. We talked a little more about it and I also realized that I use that time when we go out to eat to enjoy my family, relax and revel in the experience, rather than the food. 7 out of 10 times I eat out during the week it is so someone else can do all the work. I just want to unwind after a crazy day and don't care where we go, as long as I don't have to cook. Food is my last consideration. Now the other 3 times when I have a specific craving, like chicken wings, we are going out for the wing experience, but luckily, lately that isn't always the case.
I have found a few local restaurants that have decent calorie friendly meals on their menu and I enjoy ordering from them. I have been very conscience about my calorie levels when going out to eat and have been making better food choices. Even the hubby noticed and commented on this. I think I am going to stop making myself feel guilty when I want to go out to eat rather than stay home and cook, when I am tired or stressed out. As long as I am being mindful of my choices. I have to stop putting so much pressure on myself and do what I can to make everything work, and stay happy at the same time.
It was a good session and I felt wonderful afterward. We won't have a session this Friday, as I am having my wisdom teeth removed.... EEK!! I will be going the week after that. I am hoping for a big loss, especially if I can only eat soup for 4 or more days. LOL!