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I'm kind of having a Medifast meltdown. My S.O. is leaving for Iraq on Sept 18th and I just don't know how I'm going to deal with it. The stress is going to be hard and it's going to be hard not being able to physically be together FOR A YEAR!! What I'm more stressed about is how I'm going to handle the stress. I have ALWAYS used emotional eating for support. In fact, I've went off program twice due to emotional eating. I need to develop some sort of skills for dealing with this that doesn't involve eating..

I'm going to be really busy with school, studying, and work but doesn't mean I won't have time to cheat or fantasize about it. It's just then when the urges come on they are so strong and sometimes it's hard to be rational with them..

Last big stresser...exercise. I had been doing it and it REALLY helped with my losses but my friend and I don't go anymore [I went as a free guest]. Since then I've gotten to exercise videos AND a pilates kit that I have yet to try. Once school starts I will be walking a mile to and from school every day [well 4 days a week] so that's 2 miles a day. Any advice? Oh and it's not that I can't work out. I was working out 7 hrs a week before MF. I have just lost my desire and willingness..

Any advice at all on these issues is much appreciated. Thanks!.

Comments (55)

Have you tried the ice cream or brownies maybe? I am totally an emotioanl eater too, and I got bad news thursday, so I turned to the peanutbutter ice cream for one meal, and a brownie for another. I think just the fact that they are considered 'treats' in my mind was comforting and I didn't cheat. I wish you all the best!!!!.

Comment #1

Sweetie, first of all, hugs to you!! I can't imagine how hard it would be to be away from your SO for that length of time!! Just thinking about it must be so terribly stressful!!.

I hope you can find some support with women (and men) in the same boat! Maybe a specific support group for military partners? Or, some type of group at school? Seems like the main thing would be to create some healthy, empowering routines for yourself. You already have school, so that's great! You have some videos and stuff, so start small, maybe commit to 15 minutes, 3x a week. REALLY start small, so you can build up some "wins" with it, then increase. As for MF, it can be a great tool for conquering emotional eating, but you need to make sure you're crystal clear about WHY you're doing the eating plan. Maybe a list of all the reasons FOR sticking to the program would help..

Remember, cravings are thoughts, you can replace them with other thoughts. They are not commands. Even hunger is just a physical sensation. On this program, eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, hunger is not a command. You WILL be eating enough, and the thoughts that food will make your emotions feel better is false.

One of the greatest things I learned, quite early on, is that food is not my friend, it's just food. It doesn't bring me joy, although it's perfectly fine for me to enjoy it. This program has helped me become more outspoken about what I need from the people in my life, and from myself..

Waiting to find the desire and willingness to work out (sounds like waiting to be "in the mood") is just a story you might be telling yourself because you're scared to committing to changes in your life. What I decided to do is exercise because I SAY SO, not because I feel like it. I'm committed to my program, and I do it because I am empowered by the results, and it serves the bigger picture for me, which is to have a long, active, healthy life with Mr. Goddess..

Remember, the year of your SO's absence will pass by whether you are healthier at the end of it or not. Why not take the time to improve yourself?.

Sending more love & hugs. And, please thank your SO for their service!!.

Comment #2

Though you sound very busy, you may want to try reading Dr. A's book "Habits of Health". I'm finding it quite revelatory! You sound committed to embracing REAL CHANGE and I applaud that. I thank you, and your partner, for the commitment it takes to be a military family. We forget how hard these times are on family members "left behind". Thank you..

This transition will be difficult, but you can absolutely do it with good, healthy decision-making. Take things slowly...one day at a time. As you make good decisions, your mind will start to change. Your focus will be on what is GOOD for you...not what is easy for you. Imagine yourself celebrating with your S.O. in a year, when you're healthier and happier and ready to dive into life! .

If you don't have close a close friend to take this journey with you...I recommend a health coach. They're free when you order from Take Shape for Life. I recommend one not because I AM one...but because I had one and I benefitted greatly from the guidance. Support is KEY to success!.

You sound ready to rock and roll! I'm wishing you well on your journey....

Peace & good health,.

Kat.

Comment #3

You guys are soooo right. And I keep trying to tell myself how amazing it will be to show up at the airport at GW and seeing the shocked face and smiles. I'm really lucky. I already get a lot of support and encouragementAnd before people misunderstand what I'm saying, this is not for someone else, Medifast is FOR ME! It's just the cherry on the sundae. I'm already told how beautiful and sexy I am and let's just say the feelings are proven. I've already heard, "I can't keep my hands off you now, what am I going to do when I see you in a year?!" .

Anyways, back to what I was saying... I totally agree with what you said about eating the "treat" meals. When I'm on TOM and having MAJOR urges, lacking all reasonableness, I eat only Medifast foods that make me happy..

I love the idea of a support group! TYSM! I have often thought that I wish I had someone who understood what we're going through and someone who is going through the same thing would be AMAZING. I'm going to look for one right now..

Goddess, I also loved how you reminded me that a year is going to go by whether it's on program or off. Being off program will just make me more depressed. I'll start to gain, feel even more unattractive, and wonder what response I get at the airport. Thanks again to ALL of you!!.

Comment #4

Oh Honey! I am so sorry!!! (((((HUGS)))))) to you!.

I would use this year as a CHALLENGE! That is what I did in Czech not seeing my hub for 2 1/2 months. When I got home, 2 1/2 weeks ago, HE DIDNT RECOGNIZE ME! .

Use this year as a way to become the BEST YOU. Its so much easier when you dont have "interference" from our loved ones. No offense, but 'yall who dont have kids or a hub to cook for?? Yeah, it's WAAAAAYYYYYYY Easier to do Medifast for you!!!! .

Find some other military wives/SO's to hang with or start your own support group. Come here, get motivated and supported, learn, inspire and be inspired. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!.

Write your goals down. Cut pics out of who you admire and slap them on the fridge, cupboards, pantry.

When you feel emotional, call a friend, get online, have a cup of tea or ice water. YOU CAN DO THIS! Get Skype (its free) and video call friends/family..

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! We are totally here for you!!.

Comment #5

Thank you and your S.O. for your sacrifice!! You are truly special. You can do this. Turn to others in your military situation for support and come here too!!! God Bless..

Comment #6

Please send our thanks to your signifant other for serving our country Good luck with staying OP if you slip though forgive yourself and get back on track..

Comment #7

Yes!.

I'm not sure how close you and your SO are, but if he is really supporting you with this, how about a weekly update to him to hold yourself accountable? But no pictures, though, that way you can totally surprise him when he comes home..

Comment #8

Thank your SO for us, please. It's truly amazing what people go through (servicemen/women AND their loved ones) to protect what they love. One thought that you can keep running through is how FABULOUS, NOT FLABULOUS you'll look when he comes home!.

Comment #9

Iblori, tyssssssm for that great idea! I was going to send pix as updates, but I think I would much rather wait. I like the idea of taking accountability by discussing my progress each week. That is an AMAZING idea!!.

And thanks to you all for being so supportive of my trooper.

*UPDATE*.

I found a website called militarysos.com - military significant other support. I've created a profile and I'm hoping and praying for some support through there. Thanks again Adelein for suggesting the support group. I honestly hadn't even thought about that and it's definitely something that will hopefully help me A LOT through this..

Comment #10

Also try militaryonesource.com. You guys will make it through this stronger! My husband and I have done three tours in Iraq and one in Aghanistan - one or the other of us being gone for 12-15 months at a time....you'll find that you're stronger than you ever thought you could be. Does it suck? It sure does. We tell each other that we didn't get married 12 years ago to be apart for so long at a time....but we manage. We've got a 6 year olddaughter, too - THAT'S the hardest...the first time I went to Iraq she was 4 months old; when I came back she was 20 months, and didn't know who I was! .

I type this all to say that you will make it through; be strong, do those things you can control and let go of everything else. Find support where you can, and remember, your significant other is doing the same thing far away from home. YOU CAN DO THIS!!.

Comment #11

Have you tried the ice cream or brownies maybe? I am totally an emotioanl eater too, and I got bad news thursday, so I turned to the peanutbutter ice cream for one meal, and a brownie for another. I think just the fact that they are considered 'treats' in my mind was comforting and I didn't cheat. I wish you all the best!!!!..

Comment #12

Sweetie, first of all, hugs to you!! I can't imagine how hard it would be to be away from your SO for that length of time!! Just thinking about it must be so terribly stressful!!.

I hope you can find some support with women (and men) in the same boat! Maybe a specific support group for military partners? Or, some type of group at school? Seems like the main thing would be to create some healthy, empowering routines for yourself. You already have school, so that's great! You have some videos and stuff, so start small, maybe commit to 15 minutes, 3x a week. REALLY start small, so you can build up some "wins" with it, then increase. As for MF, it can be a great tool for conquering emotional eating, but you need to make sure you're crystal clear about WHY you're doing the eating plan. Maybe a list of all the reasons FOR sticking to the program would help..

Remember, cravings are thoughts, you can replace them with other thoughts. They are not commands. Even hunger is just a physical sensation. On this program, eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, hunger is not a command. You WILL be eating enough, and the thoughts that food will make your emotions feel better is false..

One of the greatest things I learned, quite early on, is that food is not my friend, it's just food. It doesn't bring me joy, although it's perfectly fine for me to enjoy it. This program has helped me become more outspoken about what I need from the people in my life, and from myself..

Waiting to find the desire and willingness to work out (sounds like waiting to be "in the mood") is just a story you might be telling yourself because you're scared to committing to changes in your life. What I decided to do is exercise because I SAY SO, not because I feel like it. I'm committed to my program, and I do it because I am empowered by the results, and it serves the bigger picture for me, which is to have a long, active, healthy life with Mr. Goddess..

Remember, the year of your SO's absence will pass by whether you are healthier at the end of it or not. Why not take the time to improve yourself?.

Sending more love & hugs. And, please thank your SO for their service!!..

Comment #13

Though you sound very busy, you may want to try reading Dr. A's book "Habits of Health". I'm finding it quite revelatory! You sound committed to embracing REAL CHANGE and I applaud that. I thank you, and your partner, for the commitment it takes to be a military family. We forget how hard these times are on family members "left behind". Thank you..

This transition will be difficult, but you can absolutely do it with good, healthy decision-making. Take things slowly...one day at a time. As you make good decisions, your mind will start to change. Your focus will be on what is GOOD for you...not what is easy for you. Imagine yourself celebrating with your S.O. in a year, when you're healthier and happier and ready to dive into life!.

If you don't have close a close friend to take this journey with you...I recommend a health coach. They're free when you order from Take Shape for Life. I recommend one not because I AM one...but because I had one and I benefitted greatly from the guidance. Support is KEY to success!.

You sound ready to rock and roll! I'm wishing you well on your journey....

Peace & good health,.

Kat..

Comment #14

You guys are soooo right. And I keep trying to tell myself how amazing it will be to show up at the airport at GW and seeing the shocked face and smiles. I'm really lucky. I already get a lot of support and encouragementAnd before people misunderstand what I'm saying, this is not for someone else, Medifast is FOR ME! It's just the cherry on the sundae. I'm already told how beautiful and sexy I am and let's just say the feelings are proven. I've already heard, "I can't keep my hands off you now, what am I going to do when I see you in a year?!".

Anyways, back to what I was saying... I totally agree with what you said about eating the "treat" meals. When I'm on TOM and having MAJOR urges, lacking all reasonableness, I eat only Medifast foods that make me happy..

I love the idea of a support group! TYSM! I have often thought that I wish I had someone who understood what we're going through and someone who is going through the same thing would be AMAZING. I'm going to look for one right now..

Goddess, I also loved how you reminded me that a year is going to go by whether it's on program or off. Being off program will just make me more depressed. I'll start to gain, feel even more unattractive, and wonder what response I get at the airport. Thanks again to ALL of you!!..

Comment #15

Oh Honey! I am so sorry!!! (((((HUGS)))))) to you!.

I would use this year as a CHALLENGE! That is what I did in Czech not seeing my hub for 2 1/2 months. When I got home, 2 1/2 weeks ago, HE DIDNT RECOGNIZE ME!.

Use this year as a way to become the BEST YOU. Its so much easier when you dont have "interference" from our loved ones. No offense, but 'yall who dont have kids or a hub to cook for?? Yeah, it's WAAAAAYYYYYYY Easier to do Medifast for you!!!!.

Find some other military wives/SO's to hang with or start your own support group. Come here, get motivated and supported, learn, inspire and be inspired. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!.

Write your goals down. Cut pics out of who you admire and slap them on the fridge, cupboards, pantry..

When you feel emotional, call a friend, get online, have a cup of tea or ice water. YOU CAN DO THIS! Get Skype (its free) and video call friends/family..

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! We are totally here for you!!..

Comment #16

Thank you and your S.O. for your sacrifice!! You are truly special. You can do this. Turn to others in your military situation for support and come here too!!! God Bless...

Comment #17

Please send our thanks to your signifant other for serving our country Good luck with staying OP if you slip though forgive yourself and get back on track...

Comment #18

Yes!.

I'm not sure how close you and your SO are, but if he is really supporting you with this, how about a weekly update to him to hold yourself accountable? But no pictures, though, that way you can totally surprise him when he comes home...

Comment #19

Thank your SO for us, please. It's truly amazing what people go through (servicemen/women AND their loved ones) to protect what they love. One thought that you can keep running through is how FABULOUS, NOT FLABULOUS you'll look when he comes home!..

Comment #20

Iblori, tyssssssm for that great idea! I was going to send pix as updates, but I think I would much rather wait. I like the idea of taking accountability by discussing my progress each week. That is an AMAZING idea!!.

And thanks to you all for being so supportive of my trooper..

*UPDATE*.

I found a website called militarysos.com - military significant other support. I've created a profile and I'm hoping and praying for some support through there. Thanks again Adelein for suggesting the support group. I honestly hadn't even thought about that and it's definitely something that will hopefully help me A LOT through this...

Comment #21

Also try militaryonesource.com. You guys will make it through this stronger! My husband and I have done three tours in Iraq and one in Aghanistan - one or the other of us being gone for 12-15 months at a time....you'll find that you're stronger than you ever thought you could be. Does it suck? It sure does. We tell each other that we didn't get married 12 years ago to be apart for so long at a time....but we manage. We've got a 6 year olddaughter, too - THAT'S the hardest...the first time I went to Iraq she was 4 months old; when I came back she was 20 months, and didn't know who I was!.

I type this all to say that you will make it through; be strong, do those things you can control and let go of everything else. Find support where you can, and remember, your significant other is doing the same thing far away from home. YOU CAN DO THIS!!..

Comment #22

Sweetie, first of all, hugs to you!! I can't imagine how hard it would be to be away from your SO for that length of time!! Just thinking about it must be so terribly stressful!!.

I hope you can find some support with women (and men) in the same boat! Maybe a specific support group for military partners? Or, some type of group at school? Seems like the main thing would be to create some healthy, empowering routines for yourself. You already have school, so that's great! You have some videos and stuff, so start small, maybe commit to 15 minutes, 3x a week. REALLY start small, so you can build up some "wins" with it, then increase. As for MF, it can be a great tool for conquering emotional eating, but you need to make sure you're crystal clear about WHY you're doing the eating plan. Maybe a list of all the reasons FOR sticking to the program would help..

Remember, cravings are thoughts, you can replace them with other thoughts. They are not commands. Even hunger is just a physical sensation. On this program, eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, hunger is not a command. You WILL be eating enough, and the thoughts that food will make your emotions feel better is false.

One of the greatest things I learned, quite early on, is that food is not my friend, it's just food. It doesn't bring me joy, although it's perfectly fine for me to enjoy it. This program has helped me become more outspoken about what I need from the people in my life, and from myself..

Waiting to find the desire and willingness to work out (sounds like waiting to be "in the mood") is just a story you might be telling yourself because you're scared to committing to changes in your life. What I decided to do is exercise because I SAY SO, not because I feel like it. I'm committed to my program, and I do it because I am empowered by the results, and it serves the bigger picture for me, which is to have a long, active, healthy life with Mr. Goddess..

Remember, the year of your SO's absence will pass by whether you are healthier at the end of it or not. Why not take the time to improve yourself?.

Sending more love & hugs. And, please thank your SO for their service!!..

Comment #23

Oh Honey! I am so sorry!!! (((((HUGS)))))) to you!.

I would use this year as a CHALLENGE! That is what I did in Czech not seeing my hub for 2 1/2 months. When I got home, 2 1/2 weeks ago, HE DIDNT RECOGNIZE ME!.

Use this year as a way to become the BEST YOU. Its so much easier when you dont have "interference" from our loved ones. No offense, but 'yall who dont have kids or a hub to cook for?? Yeah, it's WAAAAAYYYYYYY Easier to do Medifast for you!!!!.

Find some other military wives/SO's to hang with or start your own support group. Come here, get motivated and supported, learn, inspire and be inspired. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!.

Write your goals down. Cut pics out of who you admire and slap them on the fridge, cupboards, pantry.

When you feel emotional, call a friend, get online, have a cup of tea or ice water. YOU CAN DO THIS! Get Skype (its free) and video call friends/family..

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! We are totally here for you!!..

Comment #24

Iblori, tyssssssm for that great idea! I was going to send pix as updates, but I think I would much rather wait. I like the idea of taking accountability by discussing my progress each week. That is an AMAZING idea!!.

And thanks to you all for being so supportive of my trooper.

*UPDATE*.

I found a website called militarysos.com - military significant other support. I've created a profile and I'm hoping and praying for some support through there. Thanks again Adelein for suggesting the support group. I honestly hadn't even thought about that and it's definitely something that will hopefully help me A LOT through this...

Comment #25


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