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KRISSYW33
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1/5/13 6:13 P

Hey! You're not weak-you may be struggling now but you haven't given up and that is the most important thing. Discipline comes from repetition and doing something you know you should, even when you don't want to. I think that everyone here strives to accomplish that but it is not done overnight. God knows I need to improve in that area. Talk to/about yourself the way you would talk to a good friend or even one of your kids. You would be supportive and encourage them to do better tomorrow. You can do this. One thing that helps me is to try to accomplish very small goals, one at a time. Even if it is eating 50 calories less than I did yesterday or only hitting snooze once instead of twice its a victory. And then build on that. I hope this helps!



SWEDIEPIE
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1/5/13 5:59 P

I have had the same issue, but my trigger time is 2-4pm, just before the kids come home from school, and just after. It's stress eating for me. (Oh wait, I love my kids- but the afternoons bring the stress of homework, activities, etc for me.)

I plan my afternoon snacks now. I also make sure I have snacks that I can grab in a pinch when I'm having a moment. Grapes, sugar-free jam on Wasa crackers, etc.

I would recommend planning a snack you can have during your evening that you'll enjoy, if that's the time you like to have a snack.



KEEPFIT2013
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1/5/13 4:38 P

I find that now I am eating regular meals and even including a late afternoon snack, I feel more satisfied and don't notice the same cravings as I used to have when I ate more randomly. In the past, almost immediately after dinner I would crave sweet followed by salty and so it went.
Now, my evening snack of choice (because I love crunchy) is a sliced apple with nutmeg or cinnamon sprinkled on it. Last night, I deliberated if I even needed it because I wasn't having the burning cravings of the past!!
I also have had to consciously not eat in front of the computer (not a tv watcher)...this has been good for me because I work at home and often get caught up in projects until late in the evenings. So a snack and time reading before bed is good for me.



STARDUST2K4
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1/5/13 2:45 A

I too struggle with night time eating!
One thing that I started doing was waiting until the very latest time to eat my dinner (nothing later than 8) That way I'll feel like it's too late to eat anything in addition. Also, not depriving myself of the things I crave helps me prevent binges later at night.



RALAMAR
Posts: 4
1/4/13 7:04 P

Those are good tips. Thank you for sharing. The "no eating in front of the TV" is a good idea. I am going to try that out. Thanks again for your input.



RALAMAR
Posts: 4
1/4/13 7:02 P

Thanks for sharing. It is reassuring to know that others are facing a similar challenge.



MELISSAB1212
Posts: 9
1/4/13 6:15 P

Hey! I'm new to Spark, but have a lot of experience with eating in the evenings.

What helped me with evening overeating was figuring out why I was eating so much in the evenings. For me it was a matter of not having any other me time during the day to relax, and enjoy my food without interruption, or (this will sound selfish) having to share with someone else. I have two young boys and work full-time with children, so after the kids go to bed and my husband is off doing his own thing, it is my time. I used to sit in front of the TV eat whatever unhealthy food I can get my hands on.

I have tried to change this in a few ways. Nothing works all the time, but just being aware seems to help a lot.
1) I've found that if exercise, even just 15 minutes, in front of the TV instead of eating, I usually don't want to eat afterwards.
2) I wait until after my kids have gone to bed to eat dinner so I can enjoy it without interruption(not ideal, because it's late and I'm hungry)
3) I've made it a goal for myself to not eat in front of the TV
4) If the urge to eat is uncontrollable, I try to make it something healthy, like fruit.

Hope this helps! Good Luck!



SZOMBATHYJS
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1/4/13 6:02 P

You sound like me! I have also lost weight in the past, only my rule was nothing past 7pm. Well now days I tell myself nothing past dinner and I cant do it. It is so frustrating to see where I was and not be able to master this again. What happened? Life I guess.
Sorry, I don't have any fantastic advice. I just want you to know you are not alone. I share the same struggle as you. Discipline has been a weakness since I became a stay at home Mom. I am weak and don't have discipline. Goals, I have tons of goals. Just no motivation or discipline in following through. I have been on SP for a month now and I have managed to only loose ONE lb!
Sorry I went off the deep end ranting. Thanks for starting this conversation though, it is something I guess I needed to admit to.



RALAMAR
Posts: 4
1/4/13 5:30 P

Hello,

Long time user of sparkpeople.com - first time poster.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience in dealing with a problem that I currently have. I overeat in the evenings. There was a period of time where I was able to stop eating at 6:00 pm, and I lost a lot of weight. Now every day I tell myself that I am going to be good in the evenings. But when the evenings come I eat lots of food and then feel guilty and overall bad. The crazy part is I'm not even hungry, but this habit is so difficult for me to break. But I know if I can, I will be able to lose weight, and be on the right path to a healthier lifestyle. Any tips or suggestions? Thank you in advance for your help.



 
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