Monday, June 22, 2009
Sometimes I need to hear something repeatedly before I'll take action. For example, this week one of my sparkfriends suggested that I can beat the night munchies by putting a fat photo on the fridge. Sure, it just so happened that I'd had one ready when I started this new lifestyle last October. But did I follow through and post it? Not until reminded. Now it's up and doing the trick as I look at myself 33 lbs heavier. Yikes! So, Jillian listed a bunch of reminders that I'd heard before but now will employ. Using the smaller plates for meals. Eating with my left hand (if you do that, you eat more slowly). Drink water between bites. She also commented on how to beat impulse eating, and the neat part is that it can be used for any impulsive behavior. It's part of cognitive therapy. She said that we know that we will have impulses, and that we should be prepared for them by making a list of things we will do when they occur. Like take a walk, or a bubblebath, call a friend, turn on some music, read a book, etc. You switch gears in your brain by moving from the impulsive side to the thinking/decisionmaking side. Simple strategies, but very valuable to remember.