Smart Health Challenge Week 21:
Separating food from feelings

Last week, Jess Reed wrote about dealing with the loss of her family dog.

This week, she writes about making progress in the gym and controlling emotional eating.

Read on:

Thankfully, I am still in the same place this week as I was last week. I am able to step up my workouts a bit and I feel no repercussions.

This coming week, I will meet with Mindy and figure out some safe ways to step up my workouts. I am still not allowed to take any classes; Mindy feels that my back is not strong enough yet.

I really miss the classes; I enjoyed seeing the same people every week, and it was a nice change of pace from working out in the gym. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am almost there. my core and back are definitely stronger than ever; I am up to 115 pushups.

Now, I must turn my attention to the nutritional side of things. The way that you eat is vitally important to your success. It is simple: you must burn off what you consume; or if you want to lose weight, you must burn off more then you consume.

Well, this week, I would have to have been Michael Phelps training for the Olympics to burn off all the calories I ate. It was comfort food; I reached for something every time I started crying about losing my dog.

I have completely changed my everyday eating habits. My husband and I transformed our house into a very healthy place, but I can’t seem to conquer this last little piece. Emotional eating and drinking is a way of life. We are taught from childhood to associate food with feelings. So, how do we replace food as our comfort? I haven’t figured that one out yet.

Read more from the Smart Health Challenge here.

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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  1. August 28, 2012

    […] Smart Health Challenge Week 21: Making plans for the future Posted on August 28, 2012 by April Trotter TweetEach Tuesday during the Smart Health Challenge, Phases Fitness co-owner Mindy Quesenberry gives her take on challenge winner Jess Reed’s progress. […]

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