for me it's about finding something else to do when I have an emotional eating moment. I tell myself that food won't fix the issue. So I go do something else non food related until the feelings pass. I also heal the reasons I feel I need to eat.
Fitness Minutes: (12,489)
516 12/12/12 4:24 P
I was in a health food store and found some papaya enzymes. The label said to take 4 to 6 tabs with every meal. This is when I hatched my crazy notion to use as a placebo. I have always had a problem eating too many sweets during the day and when I tried to stop having my daily ice cream or cookies, it only made me feel like having twice as many the next day. So I told myself that these new tablets would allow me to "eat anything that I wanted". That sounds good to me. All I had to do was take two 30 minutes before anything that I wanted to eat and the tablets would stop me from gaining. What I found out is that when I wanted some ice cream, I would pop two tablets and in that 30 minute time frame I would forget to eat it. I immediately stopped eating these foods daily. After a month I no longer needed the placebo to help me along with the sweets.
Not sure they are really considered mental tricks. I don't really watch my calories as what i mostly eat are fruits and veggies with some nuts and seeds thrown in. once a week I may have a piece of 100% grass fed beef or some free range chicken, but with lots of veggies. I eat basically the same thing every week since I eat in the seasons as much as I can. (So I change options when the seasons change). Exercise is probably where I use more mind games. Mostly i think of being the best and healthiest aunty I could be and a healthy aunty is able to run and play with her 8 month old nephew, go shopping with her 18 year old niece, see her 20 year old nephew graduate, and draw pictures with her 8 year old niece. (also has to have energy to meet her new niece or nephew on the way). Well I can't get to be that healthy aunty sitting on my butt in front of the tv, but a couple extra squats or bicep curls will certainly get me in the right direction. Maybe it helps every now and then for me to put on my shoes and tell myself, you got them on, you may as well go for a walk.
You are right. I was the one who put myself in this situation. People did not shove food down my throat or drive me to McDonalds or all the other fast food places. No one else put those donuts in my basket either. I did that all to myself, so in order for it to reverse, i have to be the one to do it. However, I can look at those cute faces of my nieces and nephews for inspiration and motivation.
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
3,116 12/11/12 1:01 P
Several years ago I absolutely forbade my car to turn into any drive through food places. It had become so easy to turn in and get something and eat in the car. Then I would go home and eat supper. Now, I don't even think about it any more, but it was hard at the beginning. I just made up my mind that my car doesn't go certain places. That was my mind game.
I have found lately that the best way for me to stay within my calorie range is to aim for staying at or really close to my minimum calories-that is, not much under and definitely not much over. As for exercise-it's like housework. It won't get done by itself and I have trained myself the last 35 days to remember that it is just something that HAS to get done. No one else is going to do it for me! I've just added strengthening exercises again, and I'm trying to go at that with the same attitude. If I don't do it, no one can do it for me!
Of course, I am human and have had some off days-but I have more "good" days then "meh" days.
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