It was my son's birthday this weekend. I had a lot of trials with him because of his autism spectrum behavioral challenges. HE WAS B-A-D. He even scratched the cheeks of my 2-year-old in anger with me. I was not happy. I cried. I felt betrayed and disrespected by him.
I don't know how single mothers raise their children alone without someone to trade time with. I really don't know how my mother did it with me; and the fact that I was a girl is no consolation because there are many girls who disobey and dishonor their parent. I am a single mother for 9 months of the year while my hubby travels with work; and his doctoral classes are taking the evenings away. My hubby was traveling this weekend. When he came home on Sunday, he took over. He helped significantly. That was such a relief. He is still helping implement discipline and consequences. And the boy seems to be getting it; I hope.
How has that affected me eating wise? I've overeaten. However, I've also stopped myself. I've talked to myself and have talked myself off the binging-ledge. I hope to keep doing a lot of self talk. Planning my meals have been key. Chewing gum helps me a lot to get the nervous energy of cooking for the family because of my limited time in the evenings. I get overwhelmed because I want to feed them, spend time, and put them to bed so they can rest. It is a tough dynamic. I know I am not alone.
Today, I got a great comment from Paulawannacracker. She talked about Overeater's Anonymous. I had never considered it. One of the things I like is the concept of a support group to air out my issues and hope to get an ear, support, and recommendations from other members. I may attend a meeting once I figure out the requirements for attending a meeting locally; day, time, and location are a factor because of my family and work commitments. And of course, I'll report my experience.
Have you considered a support group for weight loss, overeating, etc?