The focus of last week's "Drop 10 in 10" weight-loss program at Community Health Education in Lewisburg was ways to reduce stress. I'm afraid I need much more than 90 minutes of workshop to help me in that department.
Actually, I've noticed that I feel considerable less stressed now than I did before I started this program. For me, that's a fantastic side benefit.
Of course, this week has put a crimp in my attempts to worry less. Each time the wind blows, I suffer stress-filled thoughts of giant pine trees toppling and reducing my house to a pile of sawdust.
While I'm not sure if I'm a stress-eater - someone who copes with stressful situations by scarfing down fatty or sugary foods - I have come to recognize that I am nearly powerless when it comes to resisting combinations of cheese and carbs.
Mac and cheese, as well as pierogies, must be my kryptonite.
This was on my mind last week when I went food shopping. Even though there was a special on mac and cheese and despite the fact that pierogies were on sale and I had a coupon, too, I decided not to purchase either. That was a big step for me.
"You have to be mindful and proactive," says the class instructor, Jim Persing.
While I was in the freezer section, I contemplated buying some ice cream. I don't think I've had that in my freezer since early summer. Just as I moved toward that section, several senior citizens converged on the same spot. Too many folks in one place, so I veered off, settling instead for a box of waffles.