If every now and then, you eat something delicious to feel better, chances are you won’t gain a ton of weight. But I used to turn to sugar- and fat-laden fare every single time I was upset. I thought food was the only pleasure I had. And the problem was it worked in the short-term. I felt better digging into a favorite comfort food. But in the long-term this was no solution. It not only made me put on pounds, but also stopped me from developing the coping strategies I need. When you’re sad or angry, try to call a good friend or go for a run—anything but eat. Learn how to face things head-on—it’s a tool you need to build the best life you can.
Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!