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The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It)


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So, I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks.

Don’t congratulate me; I wasn’t trying.

You see, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for the past decade and, as such, I juggle several clients and a variety of projects during any given day. Having been at it as long as I have, I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time. I know how to handle responsibility—whether it’s responsibility to my work or my overall well-being (i.e. any activities that enrich my mental, emotional, and physical life unrelated to my work).

However, I’ve taken on a new project and although I LOVE IT, I’ve let it consume most of my waking hours. I’ve become so obsessed with doing this project and doing it well that I’ve…

…forgotten to eat.

I’m not even lying.

I first noticed I was losing weight when I randomly hopped on the scales a couple of weeks ago. I’d lost three pounds. Oh, wow, I’ve lost three pounds. Sweet. A few days later, I’d lost another two. Hmm. Closer to the end of last week, I’d lost another five pounds.

10 pounds in two weeks?

Am I sick? No. Am I working out extra hard? No. Am I…eating?

No.

I started playing the past two weeks over in my head and realized there were days I’d run on coffee alone until two- or three o’clock in the afternoon. Shoot, there were some days I didn’t sit down and eat an actual meal unless the beau and I went out to dinner.

Basically, I’d been unwittingly starving myself, which—in addition to all the physical problems—can lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

Like I need any additional stressors.

Since that day, I’ve literally set alarms for myself to eat; rather, alarms for me to stop what I’m working on, walk away from my desk, and determine whether I’m hungry.

I won’t lie–sometimes it’s a little tough to drag myself away. Still, so far, so good. Who knew I could stop and eat and still make deadlines?

*facepalm*

How about YOU, readers? Have you ever been so consumed by something—a job, a hobby, anything—that you’ve forgotten or neglected to take care of yourself? How did you realize it? What steps did you take to correct it?

The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It)


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2014). The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It). Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2014/10/the-day-i-realized-id-stopped-eating-what-im-doing-about-it/

 

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