I don’t talk a lot about emotional overeating here, despite the fact I am really the poster child for compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder or food addiction. Part of that is my experience treating my weight “emotionally” took lots of years of therapy and probably tens of thousands of dollars and only had a marginal impact.
All that said, part of me is that cliche of a woman who may have been fat in part to deflect unwanted attention (let’s just say I have more in common with Bette Midler than initials!). I don’t have severe trauma or abuse in my past, but being teased starting in 6th grade definitely left a mark.
Fast forward to today. I haven’t set foot outside my office in over a year because of my back issues. Today, I’m celebrating my ability to finally walk a bit of distance by walking around my building (my route wasn’t even 1/3 of a mile) at lunchtime.
As I round a corner, I see a guy approaching me make a comment that I didn’t hear. I don’t recognize him, but I work with 2000 people or so and it’s happened before that a co-worker I don’t know comments on my weight loss.
I say something like “Sorry?” and hear back:
Stop what you’re doing right now and go to lunch with me.
Anyways, thanks to some or all of neurofeedback, a paleo diet, and/or meditation, I walked away seeing the irony of this … literally my first day out and getting unwanted attention from Joe Stranger on the street.
What are the odds? But hooray, no triggers!