When I first found out we were moving to Georgia - or rather, when I first learned we were considering moving there - I felt a wave of panic and overwhelm wash over me.
I got really sad thinking about our life here - my safe little pocket in Western New York. That's all I could think about. I'm safe here. It's comfortable. It's what I know. The tears started to roll down my face. I felt like I was about to be exposed, like my bubble was about to pop, and I felt scared.
When that moment hit I walked....no, I ran into the kitchen and opened the fridge. There was a bag of Hershey candy bars sitting on the shelf. They were left over from our summer camping trip. You know, for s'mores. I was ready to dive into that bag of candy bars.
I took the candy bars out of the fridge.
I put them on the counter.
I stared at them.
They stared back at me.
The tension grew thick.
I wanted to eat them up.
I took a couple deep breaths.
I was aware.
I grabbed the bag and put them back in the fridge.
I didn't binge.
This all happened just days after returning home from my trip to NYC, when I was with the amazing Susan Hyatt for the BARE program.
I emailed Susan. I told her about the candy bars, and how proud I was that I didn't binge.
Her response: "Hershey doesn't have the answer"
Have you ever looked for the answer outside of yourself? Perhaps you tried to find comfort in a candy bar, a piece of cake, or maybe a bag of chips is more your style. Did you get what you wanted? My hunch is no.
The next time you have the urge to look for comfort in the pantry or fridge, try to notice. Ask yourself a couple questions. What are you feeling? Does the snack have the answer? Sometimes that awareness is all we need to make the slightest change.
In that moment I knew I had a choice.
In that moment I knew I had control.
In that moment I knew I would have to face my fears, and I would be okay.
In that moment I turned a page.
In that moment I felt free.
Hershey didn't have the answer.
This is what BARE is all about.
Have a great day!!
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