The other night in class we talked about lapses. I’ve had several on my journey. Last night, I stood over the box of meal replacement bars, having an inner monologue that went something like, “This is a meal replacement bar. It has 160 calories. I’ve had all of my meal replacements for the day, but I didn’t have any fruit. Two fruit servings are 120 calories. I’M NOT REALLY HUNGRY! I’M JUST BORED! WHY DO I WANT TO EAT THIS?”
My inner fat kid won this battle, but I’m going to win the war. From a caloric perspective, this is trivial. From the perspective of me having a grip on emotional eating, this isn’t great news. My brain didn’t want me to eat it, but my hands and mouth weren’t listening. Whenever something bad happens in education, we use it as a growth experience. We make contingency plans so we’ll be prepared if it ever happens again. This is my opportunity to form a boredom eating contingency plan. I need your help.