Since I was little, I have used food to cope with stress. Food doesn’t talk back, it comforts you, and in a moment, it makes you feel better. Food can numb you, even if just for a few seconds, but I never feel great after I’ve used food to cope with stress.
A lot has happened these past few weeks, which I know is super vague, but I mention it because I have a lot on my mind. Most days are so busy though that I don’t have much time to dwell on certain situations, but the weekends give me plenty of time for reality to set in.
Yesterday I was overwhelmed and stressed and just needed some time to clear my head. I was really tempted to just eat, but I knew I wouldn’t feel good. Some days you just need to workout, so that’s what I did.
I headed up to Germantown and stopped at Gunners Lake. It’s a small lake with a really nice path around it. I decided to run around the lake once for time. The loop was 1.35 miles and I ran the first mile in 10 minutes and 49 seconds. It was awesome!
I then walked around the lake a second time. It was just so great to get outside, to run around the lake, and to clear my head. I felt so much better than if I had eaten a ton of food to cope with my stress.
Some days are easier than others, but I’m really proud of my decision to exercise instead of eating.