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116 10/11/12 4:11 P
I have a new baby too and can relate. One thing we need to realise and accept and work around is that disturbed sleep messes up our system and causes cravings. The thing is to figure out how to deal with those so that they don't impact your health negatively. Right now, I've had very, very little sleep this week (I have 4kids) and I'm trying to figure out how to deal with this. We can do it. We can do it but our situations are different fom those whose babies sleep all night or those who haven't got sleep deprivation to contend with. I wish I could tell you what the solution is!
First off Welcome! Ad Hang in there you'll get the hang of this. Many people are shocked at first when they start by just tracking what they normally eat, those sneaky calories are everywhere! Heck I had to go look up how many calories are in an Oreo DS (I've never bought them) wow no wonder 75 calories each cookie! Here are my suggestions: Keep the Oreos up high in a cupboard at night...out of sight, out of mouth If that doesn't work, figure out how to work 2 or 4 into your daily calorie allotment, get some little zip bags, portion them out but still keep them in a cabinet and off the counter. If that doesn't work, stop buying them (your family doesn't need them, you don't need them period) If you still need a sweet crunch chocolaty fix look into different granola bars, cereal (careful some of them are as bad as oreos) or the 100cal snack bags I think there's an oreo version. Hang in there! Start fresh knowing what you've learned!
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13,160 10/10/12 5:02 A
I consider the kitchen "closed" if I went down during sleeping hours, never occured to me to get a snack...mess up my clean teeth, and it would wake me up enough that there would be no hope of getting back to sleep ever.
Plus, don't keep junk in the house, much less in plain view!
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21,696 10/10/12 1:04 A
Altho' I am 58 and my 'baby' is 31, I well remember the munchies when I got up in the middle of the night (every 2 hrs for a couple years) to feed him - only thing is, I was breastfeeding. That aside, I ALWAYS made a hot milky drink and had a piece of toast and Vegemite or Marmite for those times. When you are disturbed a lot during the night it is not uncommon to be extra hungry. BUT this is where you will need to be vigilant and ensure that it is healthy and filling, and not a heap.
Apart from that, it is best that you don't change your routine suddenly - baby steps is the best way of getting to your destiny and staying there. Change only one or two things and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. You have identified a problem area, so perhaps just starting with the choice of 'midnight snacks' and increasing your water intake is a good idea. You are getting more exercises by going down/up/down/up the stairs :-)
Good luck! How old is your baby? It kinda makes me clucky - BUT there is no going there again for me - LOL!
Take care, Kris
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1,398 10/10/12 12:27 A
IWANT2SLEEP, you are absolutely right! The Nutrition Tracker is simply the most important and effective weapon in our arsenal against overweight. By planning ahead, you create the greatest opportunity for success.
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92 10/10/12 12:04 A
I agree the tracker is indispensable. I use it religously...even though I don't always stay within range (like today) but I track everything BEFORE I eat it so I can decide if what I am eating is "worth" it. Probably been out of range 1 or 2 times a month but not by too much.
Working so far...lost 30 pounds in 15 weeks so far!
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8,954 10/9/12 11:13 P
It is hard to pass up an oreo cookie at any time of the day. I laughed at your post only because I can relate. Don't be too hard on yourself. It sounds like you didn't know the calorie count BEFORE you ate the cookies. Put the cookies away where you can't see them when you come down. Getting healthy is a process and should include some goals. Perhaps your first goal can be "Don't eat between 9:00pm and 6:00am" for example.
Best wishes and congratulations on the new baby. My baby is about to turn 28 years old but I can remember those night feedings.
I too struggle with what I call "sleep eating." I take a pretty powerful sedative before bedtime, but it doesn't last all night. I gained 80 pounds by constantly waking up and thinking, "Oh. My. God. If I don't have a peanut butter sandwich NOW, I might die." The best advice I can give you is to buy healthy stuff and keep it in plain view. Great value granola bars have really done the trick for my midnight feedings. :)
Don't feel grossed out. Learn from this. The first day I tracked my calories, I was over 3000 and shocked out of my mind. Now, I stay within my calorie range, and I've lost 11 pounds in the last month. Believe in yourself!
Fitness Minutes: (35,461)
1,398 10/9/12 10:30 P
JBARRON00, you just gotta make Sparkpeople's Nutrition Tracker your BFF. If you consistently stay within the daily ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein, you will achieve an unbelievable New You. Guaranteed. If you do not use the Nutrition Tracker, you will NEVER achieve your goals. Never. I know this sounds harsh, but it is most certainly true.
You can do it. Once you wrap your mind around healthy eating, nothing can stand in your way.
Good luck.....and......Spark On!
Fitness Minutes: (24,263)
4,537 10/9/12 10:29 P
Welcome to SparkPeople Jbarron. Don't give up! It gets easier, really. What's so great about the food tracker is what you've just experienced. It makes it easier for you to identify the ways in which you're taking in extra calories without even really being aware of it. Keep on tracking - it's very helpful in the long run.
A quick suggestion - since interrupted sleep can trigger increased hunger, try keeping some healthy snacks in plain view instead of the cookies. Maybe some good crunchy veggies and plain lowfat yogurt for dipping, and/or some fresh fruit. You'll still need to track them, but you'll be surprised at how they help fill you up for far fewer calories.
In the meantime, just tracking and looking for ways to change things up a little is a good start. Sounds like you've got a few other things on your hands right now!
So I'm brand new to Spark People and I'm having a hard time keeping to my calorie count. I've started counting my calories and I'm in shock and how quickly they add up. Today I was out of calories before breakfast even came! no joke! I woke up every couple of hours to make a bottle for my infant and sitting on the counter screaming my name was a pack of double stuffed oreos. So every couple of hours I'd come downstairs, make a bottle, grab a couple of oreos, feed the little one and head back to head (repeat every couple of hours). When I counted the calories up in the morning I was shocked and totally grossed out. I'm mad at myself for eating junk like that and totally overeating. Feeling frustrated and mad at myself.
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