Friday, 26 August 2011

Comfort Eating ...

This is a bit like "True Confessions". My name is Rosie and I'm a comfort eater ... even losing 4 stone with Weightwatchers hasn't cured me. I keep telling myself that food doesn't change anything, but inside I still think it at least makes me feel better! I began by feeling disgusted with myself over an encounter with the Ben & Jerry's the night before, and it all went from there ...
The blue background is painted and then I added colourful strips from a collage sheet, can't remember whose. The word "why" is a real cry from the heart - I'd really like to understand this trigger in my brain so that I could learn to fight against it! I drew the cake onto a separate piece of paper, coloured it using my Promarkers, then cut it out to stick down. Just looking at that cherry on the top made me smile and lick my lips ...
Maybe it is just greed - I grew up in a house where the food was dreadful, so once I discovered just how delicious it could be I was a convert .... and somewhere at the back of my head must be this fear that the good times might not last? One thing I did discover during my Weightwatchers time was that I have a low point at about 4.00 pm every day, and have learned to eat something then to boost my flagging energy. It seems to stave off getting the munchies later. Maybe I eat because I'm bored? Wish there was an easy answer. My beloved is a person who can have just one square of chocolate, but I say what's the flippin good of that? It's stuffing a huge chunk in that fills my mouth which does it for me, followed by another, and then you might as well finish the bar to get rid of the temptation for tomorrow when you plan to start over again? Aha, I see you recognise the scenario!
In the process of trying to work out the psychology behind it all, I sat down to draw my tub of Ben & Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie (my favourite) and so enjoyed doing it that I managed to talk myself out of seeing its consumption as a bad thing, and ended up hailing ice cream as the solution to all the problems of the universe!! By then I was feeling much better and a lot less guilty about my guilty pleasures ... so what the heck!

10 comments:

Kaz said...

Rosie I could have written this page myself! I am exactly the same and my low point is 4 pm too!! And that's my fave ice cream too - that first mouthful is like heaven isn't it?
I love how you've made your guilty feelings so colourful. It's a fab page x

Sandra Hall said...

Hehehe... you've made a journal page for about 90% of the people I know - including me! I have the frozen yoghurt version of B & J's now - still chocolate fudge brownie - its 3 WW points for 100g - it makes me feel better :D x

flutterbycrafter said...

I'm there with you on this one. I've put 4 stone on since I've been on steroids and there's no sign of it going yet. The worst time for me is in the evenings. Stunning journal page xx

Karenliz said...

My name is Karenliz and I'm a comfort eater! Lost lots of weight on weight watchers but Ben & Jerry's Fish Food ice cream calls my name at time! This page was perfect!

Sue said...

Hi Rosie - haven't visited you in a long while but am just loving what you are doing. Your pages, whilst personal to you, are very relevant to others and I spent quite a chunk of yesterday afternoon - laughing like a drain and weeping buckets - and eating ice cream - lol.

Barbara Hagerty said...

What a great page, Rosie! It was fun to see the evolution of the page, too!

As long as we're confessing, I'm way too big a Ben and Jerry's fan also, and Hagen Das vanilla is also a supreme weakness of mine....

Traceyr said...

Brilliant colour journal page. Hope you find the answer, if you do you'll be rich.

:)

Linda said...

I can SO sympathise with this Rosie!! (Along with everyone else it seems)
I have a 'naughty voice' in my head that always seems to win ;-)

Great journal page...for us all!!
XX

Suzy said...

Yesterday I managed to demolish a big bar of Lindt choc that was meant as a gift for someone in hospital, and I need to lose 5 stone ! Have given up fighting the cravings - I deserve a treat !!

Beacee said...

Oh yes! I can agree with every sentiment. Love the art too.