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Lexie's Journal

Lexie struggles with her weight but is learning how to trust her body again with Am I Hungry?

Driven to distraction
Posted on 04/02/2007 @ 7:42 PM

Well I've gained a few pounds with quitting smoking. The funny thing is so many times in the evening I think about smoking a cigarette and then I tell myself, "No, I quit smoking" so I IMMEDIATELY think about going to get something to eat!!! Then I think, "No, I'm not hungry" and I get irritated. Then I think to myself, "You don't really want to smoke and you are not hungry and neither eating nor smoking is going to solve anything or make you feel better so what DO you really want?" But....I don't always have an answer. I seem to have a hard time focusing mindfully on a task. I want to be doing several things at once. I guess that's why I like eating while I'm reading. There isn't a whole lot more you can do while you are reading but even though I enjoy reading and really get into the stories it's like it's not enough to occupy my mind and body. There are activities that don't easily lend themselves to eating or practicing the keyboard that I've been trying to teach myself for awhile now....or playing with clay. Dr. May calls them "eating incompatible." There ARE options so I need to be willing to choose them. Resources available at

Michelle May M.D.

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