100 lb. Club - Non food pick me ups

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03-14-2005, 06:54 PM
As those who have read my distress post will know, today has been a tough day, and I guess none of us are immune from them. I was thinking about some of the ways I can give myself to comfort without resorting to my old nemesis, food! I would love to hear some of yours, and perhaps the list could help all of us going through tough times.

A bath with the most indulgent bath salts/bubble bath you can find
Listening to your favourite cd that you haven't put on in ages
Cuddling on the couch with the cat/dog
Walking around your neighbourhood and chatting to a neighbour about their garden/kids/dogs/axolotls (weird neighbours!!!)
Reading a book from your childhood (I keep going back to Polyanna and The Secret Garden)

03-14-2005, 08:02 PM
A big treat for me is going to the local coffee house and sitting down with a good book and a hot cup of coffee.

03-14-2005, 08:29 PM
Ooh thats a good one. I do that at Barnes and Noble. That way, you can pick your book! Read quick quote books or get started on a novel. But I give in to the really fattening hot chocolate (they make with half and half)!! Also I take my chihuahuas out and play in a big grassy area outside our apartment. Just seeing their happy faces bouncing around, its hard not to laugh!

03-14-2005, 10:27 PM
I find exercise will always bring me out of a bad mood. I feel so energized when I am finished that I am a million times more productive with whatever I am doing that day. When I give in to comfort food I end up feeling worse. I know that however good it tastes going in my mouth that I am going to feel guilty later so it just isn't worth it. Exercise is a natural pick me up.

03-14-2005, 10:32 PM
You beat me to it, Jen :). Guess great Jens think alike!

Exercise has exactly that effect on me, too. Tonight I was in the WORST mood before the gym -- still sore, feeling discouraged and down. But by the time I finished up 45 minutes of cardio, I nearly ran home. I was in such a great mood. I never would have believed it before, but it's so much better than food as a quick pick-me-up. Love those endorphins!

03-15-2005, 10:27 AM
I'm with Howie and Tara on the book and cup of coffee (out of the house, so I don't have to look at the mess). Other things: listening to disco music or 80s music, dancing, some sort of beauty treatment--even getting my eyebrows waxed (yes, I'm a masochist), curling up with a magazine.

03-15-2005, 10:33 AM
Making website layouts really pick me up, especially when people comment on the new layout.

I also love cuddling up on my couch and watching a movie with my cat sleeping on my tummy.

03-15-2005, 10:38 AM
Basically, outdoors activities keep me from thinking about food. What I like most is taking very long walks in isolated forest - mountain areas…..No fast-food joints there!!! Close contact with nature also brings me peace of mind. In the winter, I switch to Ski and Snowshoeing.

03-15-2005, 10:55 AM
If it's nice outside I like to take my dog for a walk, however in winter it's usually too cold. So anything that makes me use my hands...
playing on the computer
Anything that makes time go by and keeps me busy. If I'm useing my hands for good, I won't be using them for evil (food to mouth)!
I'm a bored eater so this works well for me.
Or, call a friend. There is noting worse than someone eating while you're talking to them! :p